The Prime Minister, Dr. Rugunda has said the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have now become an integral part of the country’s national planning, coordination, implementation and reporting mechanism.
He said Government is committed to the 2030 Agenda, and recognizes it as a catalyst for the transformation of the country since SDGs are a significant re-enforcement of what Government has been championing over the years
“The 17 Goals are integrated and indivisible. They are broad and touch on key aspects of sustainable development. For example, achievements in ending poverty has implications on education, health, ending hunger and other Goals. Therefore, the process of domesticating the SDGs that Government embarked upon is important,” the Premier said.
The Prime Minister made the remarks at the launch of the National Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) roadmap which took place at the Office of the President’s conference hall on Tuesday.
The National SDGs roadmap operationalizes the framework and provides priority actions to catalyze the implementation of SDGs across the country. The framework spells out clear mandates for planning, reporting, monitoring, resource mobilization, communication advocacy for the implementation of the 17 SDGs anchored within existing national coordination structures.
The Premier commended the formulation and structure of the SDGs and also called for adherence to the guiding principles of the roadmap which include, partnership, mutual accountability, whole of government approach, stakeholder engagement and the push for results.
Rugunda also urged the MDAs and local governments to fully align their plans and budgets to the SDGs by domesticating the goals in their work. He insisted on effective coordination, mapping interventions, tracking progress and ensuring effective implementation of the SDGs by MDAs and local governments, as a key priority for all government institutions.
The Premier however, noted that there is need for more effort in creating awareness about the SDGs, much as government has already taken the lead in popularizing them through the national communication strategy
“A large part of the population, remains largely unaware of these global goals. I urge all MDAs, Development Partners and Civil Society to include SDGs in their routine communication and sensitization. Let us use all channels at our disposal to tell the public about SDGs,” Rugunda said.
The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Rosa Malango commended the Government of Uganda for deliberately committing to ensure that the 2030 agenda of SDGs is achievable.
“Uganda has created an enabling environment for delivering SDGs in the country. It has aligned its programs to the SDGs, for example linking the SDGs to the Constitution and NDPII, as well as the budget by 60%. Uganda is also the only country that has translated the SDGs into 10 local languages,” Malango said.
Malango called for an attitude change if the SDGs are to be fully implemented, noting that it is possible to achieve SDG targets by 2030 as long as there is positive attitude and mindset.
Malango thanked all the stakeholders involved in the implementation of the SDGs, and called for more efforts in the collaboration, engagement, intervention and communication of the SDGs’ framework.
The Acting Permanent of Office of the Prime Minister, Joel Wanjala, explained that the National SDG Roadmap will be implemented in Uganda at a national level, where by the coordination of the framework will be based on 5 thematic areas, namely, planning and mainstreaming; financing; data management; coordination, monitoring, reporting and reviews; and finally, communication and popularization.
He called upon the technical working groups to ensure that they operate within the terms of reference outlined in the coordination framework to implement roadmap actions. Wanjala also called for fast tracking of the development of the SDG mainstreaming framework with annual targets for achieving SDGs.
The Chairperson of Local Development Partners’ Group, Joakim Parker said government should opportunistically use its rapidly increasing population as an engine of growth to achieve prosperity, adding that this can only be done by prioritizing investment in the social sectors to improve human capital development.
The Chairperson of Civil Society group, Patricia Munabi, thanked government for continuously engaging the Civil Society Organizations in the implementation of the SDGs, adding that there is need to increase the national budget alignment of SDGs to 100% from 61%.
Munabi also asked government to support the Civil Society, by guaranteeing an environment that is free for operation, to enable the stakeholders participate in the process that will sustain the implementation of the SDGs.
The event was attended by Ministers, Ambassadors, Officials from UN Agencies, Civil Society and Government Officials among others.
BY DOREEN NASASIRA
Wednesday, October 24, 2018