SDG exhibitions that will run from 22-23 June 2023. The Community village will provide a platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas, experiences, showcase of innovations and new ideas in localizing SDGs as well as best practices in promoting partnerships, building resilient communities and responding to climate challenges in Uganda. It will be a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to have an audience for their work towards the attainment of the 2030 SDG Agenda and African Union Agenda 2063.
iii. Regional SDG festivals and forums
a) SDG Festivals. These will precede the Conference to allow for participation and learning from local government actors clustered according to geographical location and ease of proximity in the regional cities/districts. The regional SDG festivals will be organized in
Eastern (Jinja), Northern Uganda (Lira City), Western (Mbarara), and Central (Mubende). The activities will include mobilization and popularization, regional walks, tree planting, citizen parliaments (barazas), promotional events on the local media and stakeholder consultations.
These will be coordinated alongside the 23 Champions whose institutions participated in the June 2022 SDG Fellowship organized by the Danida Fellowship Centre and sponsored by the Royal Danish Embassy in Uganda.
b) Regional SDG Forums. Like it was in the first conference last year, the regional forums will be organized for 1 day and will bring together different district leaders from within the region to have a technical reflection. The participants will include leaders from the hosting district/City, CSOs, children and private sector, leaders from neighboring districts. The regional forums will draw up actions and key messages for the SDG conference. The regional forums will be preceded by the two (2) day regional festivals and will be hosted in the same districts/cities as is for the festivals. Western Uganda -Mbarara City May 18, 2023, Eastern Region-in Jinja City on May 25, 2023, Central Uganda-in Mubende on June 1, 2023, and Northern Uganda-in Lira City on June 8, 2023
(iv) The National People’s SDG Festival 2023; this will be a 2-days national event prior to the SDG conference led by media and communities running concurrently in different parts of the country. It will be a people-centered festival meant to inspire, mobilize, and connect people
and organizations to act on the SDGs. This festival will be physical with different stages/spaces, featuring plenary sessions; citizen talks (citizen panels); performances; interactive workshops; exhibitions (Ministries, Departments, Agencies, LGs, private sector, CSOs, etc) and leader-citizen discussions; activists; private sector; political parties; student shows; youth, women and PWDs shows and more. This Festival will be organized as a CSO village at Serena Conference Centre before and during the conference.
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