Gov’t engages local leaders on SDG implementation

The government through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) secretariat in the Office of the Prime Minister has started rolling out training program for local government leaders on the process of localizing the SDG agenda in Uganda

 

The UN general assembly in 2015 adopted 17 action points collectively known as SDGs which member states have to achieve by the year 2030.

Working with the Uganda Local Governments Association (ULGA) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the SDG secretariat at the weekend held a training for local leaders from Lango, Acholi and West Nile sub-regions to identify effective, innovative and functional means of implementation of the SDGs for the global, regional, national and local context.

According to the ULGA secretary general, Gertrude Rose Gamwera, the training is one of the strategic interventions under the UNCDF funded Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) that seeks to build the capacity of ULGA and its partners for SDG localization and awareness at the local government level.

Facilitating at the training, the executive director of the Uganda NGO forum, Richard Ssewakiryanga called for the integration of the SDGs into national and district development plans.

He said, in localizing the SDGs, there is need to promote innovations such as local financing solutions and also to ensure that Ugandans understand the SDG agenda in addition to knowing their responsibilities towards attaining SDGs.

“All stakeholders must be involved in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the 2030 SDG agenda at the local, regional and national level,” Ssewakiryanga said.

John Bosco Odongo, the Otuke district chairman who is also the chairperson of the Northern Uganda Development Forum said, like other government programs, there is need for constant engagement of the various stakeholders on SDGs.