By Isaac Mugera –

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in Uganda is in final preparations to launch the Road-map to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Roadmap will be launched in October 2018.

The Rt. Hon Prime Minister of Uganda, Ruhakana Rugunda revealed this during the Annual Government Performance Review (GAPR) meeting that was held at New Government Building in Kampala.

GAPR Meeting

The Rt. Hon Prime Minister of Uganda, Ruhakana Rugunda charing the Government Annual Performance Review (GAPR) meeting at The New Government Building in Kampala. On his left is the Min.for General Duties Hon. Mary Karooro Okrut.

Rt. Hon. Rugunda added that the roadmap will ensure that SDGs’ Planning, Financing, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting, Data requirements, as well as Communications, are embedded within Government existing structures and frameworks to allow smooth implementation through the NDP.

A high level engagement between Government of Uganda and the UN Country Team in 2015, tasked the Office of the Prime Minister with the overall coordination of the implementation of the SDGs, and to accelerate their achievement by 2030.

Rugunda said that the OPM is steadily taking lead in the coordination of the SDGs and an All-Inclusive SDGs Coordination Framework has already been designed and approved by both Parliament and Cabinet.

Ms. Bakunzi Maureen, the Acting Commissioner for Strategic Coordination and Implementation in the OPM, says that Cabinet agreed that the SDGs Coordination Framework be developed to comprise of five Technical working Groups (TWF), namely; Data TWG; Communication and Advocacy TWG; Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation and Reporting TWG; Financing TWG; and Planning TWG.

Ms. Bakunzi adds that the OPM clearly aligns efforts to the attainment of the SDGs, with the effective and efficient Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation of the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Uganda Vision 2040.

She says that the SDGs Roadmap will help to have an aligned and synchronized approach of implementing government activities for the strategic attainment of the SDGs. Adding that a series of strategic activities have already been designed in the Road-map by the respective TWGs to ensure that the Uganda scores highly in the attainment of the SGDs by 2030.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were officially adopted on 25th September 2015 by the United Nations Member States as the new global development framework: ‘Transforming our World – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.

The core elements of the SDGs are a set of 17 universal goals with 169 specific development targets. The SDGs build on the agenda of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expired in 2015.  The UN Member States are expected to design development agendas and policies that will accelerate the achievement the SDGs by 2030.