#LeaveNoOneBehind: Kenya Government Gives Road Map to implementation of SDGs

Sep 14, 2016

Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri and UNDP Resident Representative Siddharth Chatterjee unveil a plaque symbolizing the roadmap to achieving SDGs

Amid pomp and glamour, the Government of Kenya launched the national implementation plan for the Sustainable Development Goals, and expressed commitment that ‘no one will be left behind’ in the economic and social prosperity of the country. Representing President Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution and planning Mwangi Kiunjuri, said Kenya was way ahead of implementing the Sustinable Development Goals through its Vision 2030, and the devolved system of Governance.

“Some functions such as Agriculture, Health, Water and Sanitation that are critical to the SDGs agenda have been devolved to the County Governments. We therefore have Devolution as a new fit for Development” said Kiunjuri.

Counties took up the challenged and committed to implementation and integration of SDGs in their development plans.

“We are going to partner with all stakeholders to ensure that these SDGs are known by all the common mwananchi on the ground. We must move from board room to the village” said a member of a County Assembly

Representing the United Nations and development partners, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee said there is need to address the social dimensions of development to achieve national development priorities.

“Levels of poverty and unemployment, are affected not only by economic conditions, but also by whether all people, including women and youth, are able to access labor markets and are empowered with the skills required for effective participation. Access to quality education and skills training are definitely vital, as is the removal of legal and other barriers to full participation in social and economic life.

The road map under implementation envisages to work under 5 thematic areas which are: to conduct extensive advocacy and awareness creation, to map out and engage all stakeholders, mainstream the SDGs into National Development Process, Domesticate and Localize the SDGs agenda, Monitor and Evaluate progress and to support building capacity for devolved governments to implement the process.

“We as a country are better experienced, more organized and better resourced than in the previous MDGs era and have the institutional arrangement, the plans and the programs to enable us start strong on the SDG journey” said Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri.

Leading Mobile network operator, Safaricom’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Collimore said the organization has already integrated the SDGs into its business processes, saying the role of business extends beyond just making profits, but improving the quality of life in the people it serves “Businesses cannot be successful when society around it fails” he said.

Adding that “the goals present businesses with unique duties and opportunities to change the world in a situation where societies look to us as drivers of jobs, innovation and growth.”

The Domestication and integration of the Sustainable development Goals will be embedded nationally in the third medium term Plan and at the County Integrated development Plans