Local Government leaders and technocrats from Northern Uganda have been sensitized on the localization of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The two-day training organized by the Uganda Local Government Association Secretariat and Office of the Prime Minister SDG Secretariat, which took place in Lira town on Friday and Saturday, was designed to build capacity of ULGA partners in the SDG localization process and awareness at local government level.
According to the ULGA Secretary General, Gertrude Rose Gamwera, the sensitization drive has six strategic objectives to make SDG implementation a reality in local settings.
“The sensitization is meant to introduce participants to local government SDG readiness survey approach and methodology aimed at simplifying and effective implementation,” said Gamwera.
The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Through the pledge to Leave No One Behind, countries have committed to fast-track progress for those furthest behind first.
SDGs are designed to bring the world to several life-changing ‘zeros’, including zero poverty, hunger, AIDS, inequality, discrimination against women and girls among others,
ULGA and OPM are championing SDGs awareness through sharing the Tondeka Mabega- Leave No One Behind concept.
In Lira, participants were introduced to SDGs business reporting guide and local economic development and local government diagnostic tool.
The Otuke district LCV Chairman, John Bosco Odongo Obote, who is also the chairman of Northern Uganda Development Forum, said during the training on Saturday that constant engagement with local stakeholders is imperative in realizing development initiatives.
“SDGs, just any other government of international agenda, need constant engagement for all stakeholders in order to embrace everybody’s interest,” said Mr. Odongo.
Participants were awarded certificates at the end of the training on Saturday.