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THE 2020 Uganda VNR Process: A leadership journey in the implementation of the SDGs in Uganda
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Virtual (New York time)

Side Event

Government of Uganda and UN Country Team, APRM and Private Sector

In 2010, Uganda registered a key milestone by achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of reducing the number of people living below the poverty line, five years ahead of schedule. The country achieved a number of other significant MDG targets at the close of the MDG period, including reducing the malaria prevalence among children by more than 50%, and increasing the share of the rural population using an improved drinking water source from 52% in FY 2001/02 to 72% in 2012/13. Infant and maternal mortality also fell though Uganda narrowly missed the MDG targets. Building on these achievements, Uganda (while holding the Presidency of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2015), became one of the first few countries to integrate and mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its National Development Plan (NDP2) to ensure that the achievement of SDGs forms part of its national development aspirations. The integration of the SDGs into the national planning framework ensured that progress towards their achievement could be monitored and measured using the already existing mechanisms without adding an additional burden or requiring separate resources.

The Uganda National Planning Authority undertook a similar approach by integrating and mainstreaming the SDGs into National Development Plan (NDP) 3. Adopting a "Program Approach to Planning, Budgeting and Implementation," relevant SDGs have been integrated into each of the 18 National Programs of NDP3. For instance, agro-industrialization (one of the 18 National Programs), has integrated interventions aimed at achieving SDG Goals l, 2 and 9 (end extreme poverty and hunger by reducing subsistence farming and promoting commercial agriculture, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture) as well as SDG 8 (promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all). The climate change, Water, Environment and Natural Resource Management Program has integrated SDG Goals 12, 13, 14 and 15 which set targets for combating the effects of climate change and sustainable management of water resources, land, terrestrial ecosystems, forests and the environment. The same approach has been taken for all the other SDGs.

The National Planning Authority worked closely with the UN system in Uganda during the integration process. The UN system provided support for conducting the policy and institutional gap analysis for implementation of SDGs. In addition, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and UNDP provided technical expertise during modelling to determine the programs where government would invest to achieve the biggest impact on its targeted development results. The Uganda customised iSDG Model identified Industry, Governance, and Environment as the accelerators for the attainment of SDGs and the NDP 3 targets. All of this work was taken on board in the drafting of NDP3.

Government will work closely together with the UN system during the implementation of NDP3 in the preparation and implementation of the Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) and in mobilizing the domestic private sector in Uganda for implementation of the SDGs. In addition, the UN system will provide support to Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) to integrate the relevant SDGs targets into NDP3 National Standard Indicator Framework (NSI) to facilitate reporting on SDGs achievement. This side event will be an opportunity for Uganda, other countries and UN agencies to share lessons, insights and best practices in integrating the SDGs into the National Development Framework. It will also offer an opportunity to explore the most effective ways in which host countries can partner with the UN family to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. The side event will be addressed by development experts from Uganda and other African countries.

a. The side event aims to share the leadership journey of Uganda has had in implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDGs by providing a platform for Uganda and other African States and Civil Society experts to share specific best practices including national development planning issues in the context of Uganda, and;

b. The side event likewise will generate ideas for implementation of SDGs accelerated actions in the decade 2020-2030 under the current COVID-19 pandemic to build back better.

Outcome of the event:
  • Innovative/transformative accelerated actions ideas developed for the decade of action 2020-2030 by sharing experiences and best practices from Member States regarding approaches to address aspects of domestication and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Enhanced networking with various development partners and practitioners

    Participation details:
    Please register in advance

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Head of the SDG Secretariat, Office of the Prime Minister +256 772 401 732

    Communication Specialist, SDG Secretariat +256 776 010 656


    Mr. Maxwell Kamanyire, Senior Government Liaison Associate, The UN Refugee Agency in Uganda

    8:00am-8:15 am - Opening Session Welcome Statement:

  • Ambassador Adonia Ayebare, Uganda‚Äôs Permanent Representative to UN (3 min)

    Remarks: H.E Rosa Malango, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Uganda (4 min)

  • Keynote Address: Hon. Minister for General Duties, OPM / Focal Point Minister for the SDGs (5 min)
  • Video Presentation What is happening with the SDGs in Uganda (3 min)

    8:16- 8:41am - Session on key presentations Presenters

  • Prof. Pamela K. Mbabazi - Chairperson, National Planning Authority Uganda (7 min)
  • Dr. Belay Begashaw - Director General, SDG Centre for Africa (6 min)
  • Mr. Dunstan Balaba - Chair, Association of Uganda Local Government Administrative Officers (5 min)
  • Mr. Jackson Chekweko -Executive Director, Reproductive Health Uganda (5 min)

    8:43-8:55am Question and Answer Session

    8.56-9.00am Closing Session - The Acting Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister (4 min)

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