KAMPALA: The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among Annet, has rallied the government and United Nations (UN) to involve the vulnerable and marginalized people in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In 2015, the UN General Assembly developed a collection of 17 interlinked global goals, known as the SDGs, designed to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, which is intended to be achieved by 2030.
The 17 SDGs to transform the world include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth.
Those who were speaking at the SDG conference at Serena Hotel in Kampala on Friday observed that as world leaders deliberate on key models to accelerate the SDGs, an effort needs to be devised to identify vulnerable communities so that they are severed better.
She also reaffirmed Parliament’s commitment to overseeing and ensuring accountability for the efficient and effective delivery of expenditures, laws, and programs that directly affect people.
The Speaker further noted that while parliamentarians establish an accountability-enabling environment through the enactment of laws, they also have direct responsibilities for ensuring accountability through their oversight efforts.
She also observed that in doing this, Parliament ensures that government programmes and SDG aspirations reach and make sense to the average person. The conference was premised under the theme, “Building an effective model to accelerate the SDGs in the post-Covid-19 era”.
Justine Lumumba, the Minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister-OPM, recognised and applauded Parliament for its role in supporting the government to attain the SDGs.
Meanwhile, the Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny-Dollo Chigamoi, cautioned government officials against practices of corruption, arguing that the cancerous vice heavily impedes the implementation of service-linked interventions.
The SDGs were also designed to end AIDS and discrimination against women and girls. The 17 SDGs are integrated to recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others and that development must balance social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
Speaker Anita Among Annet (Blue Coat) chats with Justine Lumumba (R) as Rukia Nakadama (L) looks on at the Uganda Annual SDG Conference in Kampala.