Hundreds of Kenyans turned up for a peaceful demonstration in Nairobi to send a strong message to leaders across the world that Sustainable Development Goals SDGs should be achieved come 2030.
The march dubbed ‘ Light The Way’ was organized by a consortium of Civil Societies in Kenya under the umbrella of Action/2015 and government agencies.
The consortium Co-ordinating Chair Stephen Cheboi said the Millennium Development Goals MDGs were not achieved in 2015 as expected since many citizens were alienated in development projects.
“Leaders did not give priority to MDGs Goals. May be the citizens also did not take these targets seriously also.Poverty and social injustices are still a problem in the community.So leaders need to embrace more action and less talk,’ continue.” Cheboi.
Head of Policy from HelpAge International Jamillah Mwanjisi also blamed leaders for contributing to the failures of reaching the MDGs targets.
‘They lacked political commitment. They did not evaluate much the strategies to be taken to achieve the set targets. I urge the leaders to step up and they should not let us down in this SDGs journey,’ she advises.
Senior citizens also do not want to be left out in this UN backed post 2015 Development Agenda.
“Not much emphasis is not given to older persons. Stakeholders should remember that we are still alive and we are still pushing the wheel of life. We are the ones who gave birth to the youth of this country. We are the ones who teach our children life skills. Leaders should set aside funds for us to take our children to school,’ says 69 year old Mary Wanjiru.
In 2000, the Millennium Summit of the United Nations adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration requiring all United Nations member states and partner organizations to implement the global Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
‘Subsequent reviews of the progress resulted in the adoption of a global plan to achieve the eight MDG’s by their target date .Some countries achieved many goals, while others are not on track to realize any,’ says Dr Prafulla Mishra, HelpAge International Regional Director, East, West and Central Africa.
According to the United Nations, on September 25th, countries will have the opportunity to adopt a set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable agenda through SDGs set to be approved by UN General Assembly in New York , USA.
President Uhuru Kenyatta left the country Thursday for New York to join other world leadersattending the UN general Assembly.