By: Ismael Kasooha
Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja has urged the UN to support Uganda’s socio-economic transformation agenda to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Presiding over the 78th anniversary of the UN commemoration at Kaunda Grounds in Gulu City on Tuesday (24 October 2023), Nabbanja said Uganda was pursuing sustainable development through several interventions.
She cited the third National Development Plan (NDPIII), which is the vehicle for realising Vision 2040, as one of the interventions.
The NDPIII, the Prime Minister added, was designed to facilitate sustainable wealth creation and industrialisation as well as inclusive growth.
Nabbanja also explained that Vision 2040 was aligned with the East African Community Vision 2050, the African Union Agenda 2063, and the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
“I hope that the UN will continue to support Uganda to make the Sustainable Development vision a reality, putting and maintaining societies on a sustainable development pathway, managing risks and enhancing resilience for both people and structures to achieve SDGs,” she said.
Nabbanja added that the commemoration was an opportunity for Uganda and the UN to assess their collaborative efforts and remain focused on the necessary actions to realise the SDGs.
“I am proud to say that my office hosts the secretariat for the SDGs in Uganda, which is a testament to the significance we place on this global transformative agenda,” she said.
The Prime Minister underscored the importance of grassroots engagement in localising and popularising the SDGs.
The Minister of State for Northern Uganda Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny thanked the Government for its efforts to rebuild the region that was ravaged by a civil war for more than 20 years.
Susan Namondo Ngongi, the UN Residence Coordinator in Uganda lauded the Government for restoring people to Northern Uganda and for the development programmes it was implementing in the region.
She said the UN would continue to support Uganda on her socioeconomic transformation journey.
The Gulu City Alfred Okwonga asked the Government to increase investment in health, education and agriculture to facilitate wealth creation in the region. END