The SDGs agenda is sure to leave a lasting impression in the lives of many Ugandans and if not taken by the tide may sweep through the region unnoticed. The world is progressing and a time shall come when no consolation can be given for the under-development of any society.
Given that the previous Millennium Development Goal agenda wasn’t much of a success, the UN came up with a program of having the world’s least developed countries focus on implementing sustainable plans and projects. In consultation, a plan to formulate the Sustainable Development Goal(s) (SDGs) agenda was hatched.
An extract from the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development entitled, the future we want, lists Poverty eradication as the greatest global challenge facing the world today and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
The outcome document reiterated the commitment to free humanity from poverty and hunger as a matter of urgency. People are at the centre of sustainable development and, in this regard, in the outcome document, the promise was made to strive for a world that is just, equitable and inclusive.
Now Uganda decided to front this as a mode of ensuring Vision 2040 comes into play and in the process approved the implementation of the SDGs agenda in the country. One can’t help but wonder how many of the more than 30 million citizens in this country are up to speed with this whole issue?
I will take the onus to outline to my fellow countrymen the 17 goal agenda as was proposed by UN to all member states hoping that a brighter light shines at the end of the tunnel that Uganda is walking through.
Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4 Ensure Inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development[related_posts]
All these seem to be a dream for many of my countrymen but I reiterate that we can surely attain these goals if we can only lay aside all the troubles and pains we are encountering as a nation and focus on rebuilding our ego as a nation.