When the Government of Uganda and the United Nations in Uganda worked together to establish the SDG Secretariat under the Office of the Prime Minister, it accorded us an important platform to deliberate and work together as partners on sustainable development.
The Government took several bold steps before other countries could on Agenda 2030, starting with mainstreaming of the SDGs into the Second National Development Plan (NDPII) – before the Agenda 2030 was officially launched – putting an SDG Coordination Framework in place, appointing the Focal Point Minister for SDGs and establishing the national SDG Secretariat.
The 2030 Agenda is a defining concept of our time. This is indeed the era for Uganda’s development plans to become deeply meaningful as a guide for changing global trends. The SDGs, which are at the core of these frameworks, were a product of a massive global consultative exercise and are what we, as humanity, want to achieve in the world we want.
Can we end poverty and hunger, halt climate change, achieve health and wellbeing, as well as gender equality, ensure every child goes to school and attains meaningful education all by 2030? Can there be a future where all these things are possible?
The idea that the world will achieve all the targets set for 2030 may appear unrealistic, but a positive mindset and the right information, as well as inclusive and sustained deliberate action, partnerships and innovation will lead us there.
I hope that this website will play an important role in this. I implore all stakeholders to use this as a channel to ask, share views, experiences, and ideas towards the implementation and achievement of the SDGs. Let us support the SDG Secretariat in reaching out to all partners and stakeholders to initiate dialogues and action within and across sectors, generations, and locations.
This year, the United Nations is celebrating 75 years of its existence. The aim is to reach as many people as possible: to listen to their hopes and fears; learn from their experiences; and empower them to think and act globally. You can start by participating in this survey https://un75.online/?lang=eng and then we can walk together on a journey to shape our future together.
H.E. Rosa Malango, UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda