BY DOREEN NASASIRA –

The Government of Uganda and the United Nations have signed a joint statement for the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation framework(UNSDCF) for Uganda.

The signing ceremony took place at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala on Wednesday.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation framework for Uganda seeks to reinforce mutual accountability between the Government and the UN and will run from 2021 to 2025. It is hinged on three strategic priorities namely; Transformative and Inclusive Governance; Shared prosperity in a healthy environment; and Human well-being and Resilience.

The framework will also replace UNDAF which is ending on 31st December 2020 and is positioned as the most important UN country planning instrument in support of the 2030 Agenda.

The Premier who signed the framework on behalf of the Government said the framework is aligned with the national, regional, continental and global frameworks which include the Uganda Vision 2040, East African Community Vision 2025, Africa Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030, seeking to increase productivity, inclusiveness and well-being of the population.

“The overall purpose of our cooperation is to ensure a consistent approach and commitment to the realization of the Government of Uganda’s overall goal of increasing household incomes and improved quality of life,” said the Premier.

He added that this will be achieved under the overall theme of sustainable industrialization for inclusive growth, employment and sustainable wealth creation.

The Prime Minister also thanked the stakeholders involved in the development process of the framework and noted that the Office of the Prime Minister will undertake its rightful role of coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the framework implementation and key results across government.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Her Excellency, Rosa Malango, said the framework for Uganda will enable the 31 UN entities to implement programs in the country through the three strategic priorities and will also elevate the partnership between the UN and the Government of Uganda.

The Chairperson of the National Planning Authority, Prof. Pamela Mbabazi, commended the UN for aligning the framework to the National Development Plan III and said the framework will formalize and deepen the relationship between the Government of Uganda and the UN, as well as improve the social-economic development and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in Uganda.

“Aligning the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework to the National Development Plan III will enhance synergies and implementation. It will also foster national accountability and ownership,” said Prof. Mbabazi.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Government technocrats, UN Heads of Agencies and staff, among others. Ends.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020