Message from the Focal Point Minister for SDGs
What started as a health crisis very quickly morphed into a global human, economic and social crisis. We are all living the
effects of the COVID-19 pandemic daily, in one way or another.
Still, the Government of Uganda and very valued partners were still able to produce the 2020 Voluntary National Review
Report and submit it on time. All earlier plans to transverse the country physically were suddenly dropped as the lockdown was declared. For a moment, it seemed like an almost impossible task to collect all the views from all the stakeholders, as the VNR guidelines stipulate.
Then, creativity and partnership set in. Contemporary innovative solutions swung into play. We saw Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) and Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure) in action and making a difference in outcomes. To my thinking, this is what the Sustainable Development Goals are all about – see the challenge and find solutions, with well-thought out goals and targets. “A convergence of diagnosis and prescription”, as our President, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni described the SDGs in his address to the UN during the adoption of the goals in 2015.
To say that we are extremely proud of the SDG Secretariat in the Office of the Prime Minister, which coordinated this process, is to put it lightly. The Government is also very grateful to all other stakeholders and partners who took part in this review process – Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Local Governments, Parliament, the UN Country Team, Civil Society, Youth Groups, Development Partners, Private Sector, and all Special Interest Groups.
As SDG implementers – which we all are – we must play our role in curbing GBV and addressing all the other interlinked and underlying factors that affect our lives and livelihoods adversely. Only then, will we be resilient enough to meet the next challenge head on.
Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut
is the Minister for General Duties
and the Focal Point Minister for SDGs