The new United Nations Resident Coordinator, H.E. Susan Namondo Ngongi has Wednesday held an inaugural meeting with minister for General Duties and Focal Point Ministers for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba.
During the meeting held at the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Lumumba welcomed the new Resident Coordinator to Uganda and commended the United Nations in Uganda for the continued cooperation in the journey to achieve Uganda’s development aspirations, including through implementing the SDGs.
Emphasizing the importance of the central theme in the SDG Framework – “Leaving No One Behind”, the Minister noted that Uganda’s Vision 2040, National Development Plan III, Parish Development Model and other government strategies and plans are all aligned towards ensuring that every Ugandan has a better life and that no one is left behind.
“With your support, we are certain to achieve these goals, the challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic notwithstanding,” she said. “We must focus on the long term goals to ensure that our country and world is better equipped to face challenges like this pandemic.”
Meanwhile, Ms. Namondo appreciated the warm welcome from the Government and the people of Uganda and pledged continued support from the United Nations in Uganda’s journey to achieve the SDGs.
“We thank the Government for establishing important mechanisms, including putting in place a coordination framework, appointing a Focal Point Minister for the SDGs and establishing the SDG Secretariat which has played a big role in efforts to accelerate the attainment of the SDGs in Uganda including the leading the preparation National SDG Roadmap,” she said.
The National SDG Secretariat in the Office of the Prime Minister was created by the Government of Uganda, in partnership with the United Nations in Uganda, led by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office. The third National Development Plan (NDP III) is currently over 90% aligned to the 17 SDGs, which have a total of 169 targets and 232 indicators, with 201 indicators applicable to Uganda.