Rugunda Reiterates Gov’t Commitment to UN SDGs

Dr Rugunda and World Bank officials addressing the media in Kampala on Thursday

Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has said government is committed to enhancing the recently adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Sustainable Development Goals agenda 2030 are an inter-governmentally agreed set of targets relating to international development.

The 17 goals follow a proposal containing 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues including ending poverty and hunger, information pills medicine improving health and education, malady making cities more sustainable, combating climate change among others.

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Dr. Rugunda highlighted the significant role that Uganda has played in steering global development especially through leadership.

He commended Hon. Sam Kutesa who has reformed the Security Council and spearheaded fight against Ebola which reversed its spread on the continent.

The Premier was speaking at launch of the adoption of the SDGs by Uganda in Kampala on Thursday.

He noted that the SDGs raise critical issues on industrialization, trade and investment which he said can’t work without economic growth and equality.

“The 1995 constitution promotes people centred development and as a country. These SDGs are reflected in our vision 2040 and the NDP II,” said Dr Rugunda.

“Government is committed to transforming Uganda from a peasant society to a modern prosperity economy.”

Dr Rugunda stressed that working closely with development partners in order to achieve these SDGs calls for continued cooperation.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda Ms Ahunna Eziakonwa Onochie in her remarks said through the SDGs, UN is showing commitment to respond to and address existing global challenges.

Ms Eziakonwa noted that UN will help Uganda in key areas of; implementation, financing and monitoring of these SDGs.

“We need to communicate the new agenda to engage Ugandans on an individual and communal level. The success of this agenda depends on this engagement.”

Tax base

The UN promised to support government to broaden the tax base and formalize the economy.

David Bahati who is State Minister for Finance pledged to ensure that funds be used to achieve their intended purpose and value.

He expressed the importance of implementing SDGs by domestic finances adding that priority will be on widening the tax base to ensure sustainability of these development goals.

On checking corruption as a way to enhance financing of this agenda, the Minister made reference to the newly enacted Public Finance Management Act, saying it will curb the vice.

The briefing was attended by a number of diplomatic dignitaries, the World Bank Representative to Uganda and other government Ministers.


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