The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has appreciated the different United Nations agencies in Uganda for fronting and championing the Sustainable Development Goals in Uganda leading to development of the different sectors in the country.
He noted that a number of programs offered under the SDGs such as achieving universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all, and SDG 2 which emphasizes ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition and promotion of sustainable agriculture among others strengthen institutions in the country.
The Premier made the remarks in his speech that was delivered by the 1st Deputy Prime Minister, Rtd Gen. Moses Ali during the closure of the UN DAY commemoration function in Uganda organized under the theme “UN 4 U” at the office of the President Conference hall on Tuesday.
Rugunda congratulated the United Nations upon making 72 years of excellent service especially in the successful implementation of the 2030 agenda which focuses on the principle of “leaving no one behind”, as a new mechanism to emphasize a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all, and also for raising awareness of the SDGs.
He also noted that the United Nations has grown and increased membership since its establishment in 1945, with a number of countries getting on board including Uganda which joined the organization after its independence in 1962. The International organization is currently made up of 193 Member States.
The Premier observed that Uganda values its membership with the United Nations because of the organization’s tremendous role of fostering peace and development in the world. He pledged government’s commitment to the partnership.
“UN is a reliable partner of the Government of Uganda. The Government therefore, looks forward to continuing its partnership with the UN as it works towards achieving a middle Income status,” Rugunda said.
The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Uganda, Rosa Malango commended Uganda for being at the front line of supporting the 2030 agenda which focuses on “Leaving no one behind” in all its programs especially the refugee framework model.
She also applauded the government of Uganda for its openness and willingness to partner with the UN at all times, and asked that it continues to support the 2030 agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Thank you for your hospitality, passion, commitment and support, as well as keeping the hope as we strive towards a common objective of leaving no one behind,” Malango said.
Malango noted that the UN will continue to partner with Uganda as well as support it in a number of programs such as; mitigation of climate change impacts, humanitarian and development work including its refugee policy, and empowerment of vulnerable groups in society among others, to enhance development.
She also highlighted that in a bid to increase awareness of the SDGs in Uganda, the UN in partnership with different cultural leaders, has managed to translate the SDGs in ten Uganda local languages. Rosa said this will enable sustaining of conservations in the field.
Malango was optimistic that the community outreach activities undertaken during the commemoration will alongside raising awareness of SDGs, create new partnerships for the UN among the communities reached.
The Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister, Christine Guwatudde Kintu noted that the country is focusing on SDG 2 implementation, and has even conducted a strategic view of the SDG 2, because of its significance in the economic development of Uganda.
The SDG 2 focuses on ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.
Guwatudde said agriculture is the backbone of Uganda’s economy and therefore government looks at the SDG 2 components as foundation for building the required human resource.
“If you strengthen agriculture, it would spur the economy and enhance GDP, because it is the backbone of our economy,” the Permanent Secretary said.
She however noted that challenges of climate change and coordination of different MDAs with different mandates are undermining the successful implementation of SDGs.
During the UN Day 2017 commemoration, the different UN agencies in Uganda jointly embarked on engaging in a number of community outreach programs in the less privileged communities of the country as a way to promote the principle of “leaving no one behind” and also raise the level of awareness of the SDGs.
The community outreach activities included raising awareness on the importance of food security and how to fight malnutrition in Nakawa Division, cleaning and collecting trash in the market in Kawempe Division, planting of trees in Makindye Division, and visiting of the physically handicapped school as a way of focusing on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all in Rubaga Divisions.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
BY DOREEN NASASIRA