KAMPALA- Uganda’s Prime Minister Rt Hon Robinah Nabbanja has vowed to crush the corrupt at the time President Museveni is intensifying efforts to fight the vice. Nabbanja who was appointmet to this post on 08th June 2021 is disapproving many who despised her according to intelligence reports on her.
On Wednesday while speaking at the Launch of the Uganda National Sustainable Development Goals- SDGs Road-map at Sheraton Hotel, she asserted her commitment to fight corruption out of Public office.
Speaking about Uganda’s progress in develivering the SDGs, United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative H.E Elsie Attafuah noted that the country has registered progress in many areas such as the size of the economy, increased GDP per capita growth in total exports of goods and services, increased total number of paved roads network and increased electricity generation.
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Attafuah said the Sustainable Development solutions Network which ranks 52 African countries based on 97 indicators across all the 17 goals, placed Uganda in the 18th position, scoring 54.8, compared to the regional average of 52.7, which indicates that the country is on the way towards achieving the goals by 2030.
However, Uttafuah noted that Uganda’s perfomance improved in health, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, inductry innovation and infrastructure and partnerships, although the amount is below the needed rate to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
In her remarks, the Minister of General Duties and National Resistance Movement – NRM Secretary General Rt Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba said;
In September 2015, while Uganda held the UN presidency, the 192 Member States of the United Nations (UN) adopted a historic resolution committing themselves to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Agenda 2030 and its associated SDGs informs and guides global and national development.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 ambitious, transformative and universal Goals with a total of 169 targets and 232 indicators that will guide national and local development by 2030. They aim at eradicating poverty through a focus on partnerships, people, planet, prosperity, and peace.
SDGs are different from all other international development frameworks considering that they are more ambitious, universal, holistic and inclusive as follows:
Ambitious: With 17 Goals, 169 targets and more than 230 indicators, the SDGs are the most ambitious development framework in the world to date.
Universal: Unlike the MDGs, SDGs are universally applicable and will be implemented by developing as well as developed countries all over the world.
Holistic: The Goals are interconnected, indivisible, and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development i.e. Economic, Social and Environmental meaning that to eradicate poverty, there must be economic growth, social protection and environmental sustainability.
Inclusive: SDGs are for all of us and can only be achieved through partnerships. Government as well as all other stakeholders in Uganda including civil society and the private sector – riding high throughout the negotiations, have a shared responsibility of ensuring that no one is left behind by 2030.
Adoption of the SDG 2030 Agenda in Uganda
After the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, Uganda is one of the first countries that participated in the first High-Level Political Forum in 2016 where it prepared and presented its first National Voluntary Review Report. Uganda, therefore, holds a great position in the implementation and achievement of SDGs globally.
In 2016, the Government of Uganda developed a framework to guide the Coordination of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its associated SDGs under the leadership of the Office of the Prime Minister. This framework was approved by Cabinet and Parliament and it brings together all players both state and non-state actors including local governments to deliver on the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda.
Join me today at the joint Launch of Uganda’s National sustainable Development Goals Road map 2021- 2025.
Lumumba welcomed music artist “Buctherman the Guetto King and his wife the Ghetto Queen” as well as Bebe Cool.
Speaking to HICGI News Agency shortly after the event singer Bebe Cool – aka Moses Ssali said for Africa to achieve on SDGs, G20 must bring it on board with a representation as one Block forming a G21.
UN Boss Speech
H.E Susan Ngongi Namondo , new UN Resident Coordinator in her speech said recognised the Right Honourable Prime Minister, The Minister for General Duties and Focal Point Minister for SDGs, Ambassadors present, The Chairperson of the National Planning Authority (NPA), Heads of other Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Development Partners, Representatives from the Private Sector, Representatives from Civil Society, Colleagues from the UN system, The Media and invited guests.
On behalf of the entire United Nations System in Uganda, I am delighted to be part of this important occasion, when we are launching the National Roadmap for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Uganda. This is testament to the Government of Uganda’s commitment to implementing Agenda 2030, our global community roadmap for achieving sustainable development.
I wish to acknowledge the leadership of the Office of the Prime Minister for putting in place the necessary enabling structures and frameworks to deliver on the SDGs, which are also Government’s promise to the people of Uganda and the global community to pursue development that responds to the social, economic and environmental tenets of sustainable development.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound and negative impact on the capacity of nations to achieve their plans for socio-economic and environmental transformation, worsening the already slow progress against sustainable development targets. On the African continent, for example, pre-COVID19 estimates indicated that by 2030 we will have 390 million people were expected to be in poverty (using US $ 1.9 in 2011 PP) . With the impact of the pandemic, that figure is now estimated to be 452 million people who are expected to be in poverty. And very sadly that will mean Africa is expected to be home to 80% of the global poor in 2030.
In Uganda we see a reduction in the poverty headcount from 21.4 percent in 2016/17 to 20.4 in 2019/20. Yet, absolute figures indicate an increase in the number of poor people from 8 million to 8.3 million. These are numbers none of us can be happy about.
Over all, the situation we are now facing calls for truly extraordinary measures if we are to catch up to the implementation of the SDGs as detailed in our development plan. The situation we find ourselves in calls for;
- Identifying the key accelerators to inform re-prioritization for the third National Development Plan (NDPIII), which was prepared shortly before the pandemic. This re-prioritization process should build on the 2020 integrated Sustainable Development Goals (iSDG) modelling exercise that identified environment, governance and industry as the key SDG accelerators for Uganda, while ensuring that no one is left behind. A great opportunity is the backward and forward linkages that can be built if the Agro-industrialisation programme of the NDPIII is fully implemented.
- Refocusing efforts towards growing household incomes and ensuring a shift towards better redistribution of wealth among the population, with a particular focus on those who are most vulnerable to shocks and are likely to be left behind – such as women, youth, and refugees. With higher incomes and mechanisms to protect against shocks, the people can be in a better position to meet their health, education and food needs with less burden to Government directly. The proposed Parish Model can definitely be an entry point to reaching the most vulnerable, and the implementation modalities to enable its effective and efficient implementation need to be clarified. Increasing per capita income levels will also require better management of the population dynamics, to ensure a well-planned population growth.
- We also need to recognize the crucial role of an effective data ecosystem in the sustainable development journey. To improve efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation of the Country’s development agenda, timely data is required to measure and report progress across the goals so as to identify gaps and inform decision making. With advancement in technology, there are opportunities for cheaper and more timely means of generating data such as the use of big data and radio mining. The UN family looks forward to conversations with Government and other stakeholders on how best the data ecosystem can be improved in order to ensure the Country’s ability to track its progress on the Goals.
- Building stronger and more effective partnerships for development. We appreciate the ongoing efforts by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to develop an integrated Financing Strategy for the NDPIII, and as the UN, we look forward to engaging with and contributing to this process. Perhaps Government could also look into reforming the current development cooperation architecture as required so that it responds to the evolving development cooperation landscape. In addition, the UN is also committed to strengthening the coordination of the 29 agencies that are signatories of the UN Sustainable Development Coorperation Framework, which is in full alignment with NDPIII. And one of the key instruments for that will be the joint annual steering committee meeting, under your leadership Rt. Honourable Prime Minister.
As I conclude, I wish to congratulate the Government of Uganda and its partners for having put in place the National SDG Roadmap, for commiting to nurture an environment that ensures SDG progress. I reiterate our UN commitment to its implementation as a tool for creating an enabling environment for sustainable development in Uganda and ensuring that no one is left behind.
In an exclusive interview with HICGI News Agency at the cocktail reception after opening the SDG Secretariat at Prime Minister office, Germany Ambassador H.E Matthias Schauer, said his country is committed to promoting SGDs in Uganda , support the youth and drive on climate action. Video soon.