Devolution Ministry to work with counties to ensure SDGs success

Devolution Ministry to work with counties to ensure SDGs success

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Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuru (R) with Transition Authority Chairman Kinuthia Wamwangi during a past press briefing. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: The Central Government is making plans to involve all 47 County Governments in a bid to ensure Kenya achieves the United Nations UN backed Sustainable Development Goals SDGs.

The Ministry of Devolution and Planning through Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has said that plans are underway to integrate SDGs into the county and national budgetary allocations.

“This is to ensure a sense of inclusivity so that no one is left out. Involving people at the county will help in achieving the SDGs and avoid a situation whereby some of the Millennium Development Goals MDGs were not achieved,” said Kiunjuri on Tuesday in Nairobi while addressing journalists.

Economist Sarah Ngunyi from the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, urged county governments to prioritize achievement of the goals saying that achieving one goal could lead in achieving another.

“This can be made possible if implementation is made in an integrated manner. This means different sectors coming together to eradicate poverty, hunger, combating climate change and ensuring gender equity,” she said.

Kiunjuri said that the country was not taken by surprise when the SDGs were introduced since Kenya’s Vision 2030 blueprint aims to achieve most of what is stipulated in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Meanwhile the ministry is set to launch a roadmap to ensure that there is proper monitoring and tracking of the development plans in the country,” Kinjuri remarked.

The SDGs came into effect on 1st January 2016 and are expected to stimulate development for the next 15 years up to 2030.

This comes at a time when all roads are leading to the UN Headquarters in New York for the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 71) whereby issues surrounding the goals will be deliberated upon.