The Pan African climate justice alliance (PACJA) is currently in Uganda to explore the possibility of developing a civil society SDGs platform whose objective will be to hold the Ugandan government accountable for the implementation of the SDGs by putting pressure on the government to honour its commitment to the implementation of the Goals.
This will be a first step towards realization of the SDGs in the East African region which has notably reported slow progress in the achievement of these Goals.
This will provide a major boost to the post 2015 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) which intertwine economic, social and environmental aspects to sustainable development. They also feature important additions to the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including climate change, economic inequality, innovation, poverty alleviation, peace and justice.
Strengthening Partnerships for the Effective Implementation of the Agenda 2030 in East Africa
The mission arises from PACJA’s GIZ funded project which aims to accelerate the implementation of SDGs specifically: 5 (Gender Equality), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 10 (Reduced Inequality); 13 Climate Action; and 17 (Partnerships to achieve the Goal). The project which is being implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania is aimed at the achievement of agenda 2030 in East Africa.
Specifically, the project will put in place integrated and coordinated interventions at all levels aimed at strengthening cross-sectoral coordination among line ministries and partnerships between key stakeholders, such as community groups, CSOs, NGOs, the private sector, academia, the media and policy makers to ensure coherence between the SDGs implementation and the Paris Agreement.
Using lessons learnt in Kenya in the Voluntary National Reporting process (VNR), the project will support CSOs in Tanzania and Uganda to report on the progress made on the SDGs implementation and champion for 2030 Agenda to be embedded in the countries’ national political and social process.
Cumulative Achievement of the SDGs
These efforts will collectively contribute to PACJAs efforts in accelerating the implementation of the 17 SDGs which are interconnected. For instance, achievements in Climate Action will impact on availability of Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Responsible Consumption and Production, Life Below Water, Health, Gender Equality, Sustainable Cities and Communities; and ultimately Forming Partnerships to Achieve the Goal.