Kampala: The government of Uganda has acknowledged that the country is still lagging behind in achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) seven which emphasises universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.
This was echoed by the Commissioner for renewable energy at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development Mr. Brian Tusubira. He added that Uganda is no different from the rest of the African countries which have failed to track the SDGs Seven despite the fact that it is critical for economic development, noting that currently access to electricity by Ugandans stands at only fifty seven percent (57%).
“We note that there is a direct correlation between economic growth and electricity supply. So countries that are poor in terms of electricity supply are also poor in terms of development,” adding that poverty, food security, health, gender, climate action, education among others will fail if the country doesn’t grow her access to electricity.
He cites that women will continue to deliver using torches, there will be no vaccines, no proper irrigation methods, poor post-harvest handling, which according to him will cripple the actualisation and realisation of the recently rolled out Parish Development Model.
Relatedly, in a movement to create awareness and accelerate action towards achieving these SDGs, the Youth Go Green organisation in partnership with a local media outlet have organised an SDG Run slated for October 29th at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala under the theme: “Affordable and Clean Energy.” The Vice President Jessica Alupo is expected to be the chief runner on the day.
What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The 17 SDGs are integrated—they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Countries have committed to prioritize progress for those who’re furthest behind. The SDGs are designed to end poverty, hunger, AIDS, and discrimination against women and girls.
The creativity, knowhow, technology and financial resources from all of society is necessary to achieve the SDGs in every context.