The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has pledged to task the government to act on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Kadaga made this commitment on Tuesday, 28th June 2016 while meeting the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Representative, Rosa Malango, who paid a courtesy call on her at Parliament.
Kadaga said there was need to prioritize SDGs for Uganda to realize its goal of becoming a developed country.
The SDGs, also known as, the Global Goals, build on the eight Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000, which aimed at addressing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to water and sanitation. The new SDGs, however, go a step further to address the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people.
“I will take it upon myself to ask the President which Minister is in charge of executing the SDGs so that we, as Parliament, can mount pressure on this person,” she said.
Kadaga welcomed Mulango, expressing her gratitude towards the UN’s support to the One Million Trees Campaign and Go Green campaign in Uganda which were all geared towards afforestation and fighting deforestation.
“The situation of climate change is dire because from it, we see issues arising like drought and food shortage. We must fight to see that Uganda steers clear of that predicament,” Kadaga said.
Malango thanked Uganda and Parliament for their support in partnering with the UN in its various projects.
She said the UN has 19 funded programmes currently running in the country.
“We are ready to support Uganda and the government in attaining development goals and graduating from being a low developed country,” Malango said.
Malango also called for support to women as drivers of the Sustainable Development Goals.
“As an African woman, I believe there are areas that we need to work on like empowering women entrepreneurs and enriching them with knowledge,” Malango said
In the same meeting, Kadaga bid farewell to the outgoing UNAIDS Country Representative, Musa Bungudu, who congratulated Uganda for its achievements in fighting the AIDS scourge.
“It has been noted that the prevalence of AIDS in new born children has reduced by 85% and by 65% in the general population,” Bungudu said
He thanked the President and the Parliament for their contribution towards the fight against HIV/AIDS
The Speaker expressed her appreciation for the work done by UNAIDS in the fight against AIDS and encouraged Bungudu to respond whenever called upon to visit as a resource person.