CITIZENS’S PLATFORM FOR SDGS
When somebody thinks about how the global community might achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is unlikely their next thought would be about watching television but it might be a good idea.
Everyone agrees that if the world is to build peaceful societies, eradicate poverty, and successfully address climate change by 2030, implementation of the SDGs must start moving at a faster pace.
About the Initiative
Being encouraged by the two features of The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) i.e. transformative and inclusive and remaining committed to implementing 2030 Agenda, a group of individuals from ACCG has taken an initiative to set up the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Uganda with the objective to contribute to the delivery of the SDGs and enhance accountability in its implementation process.
The Platform will provide an opportunity to track the progress of SDG delivery; sensitise policymakers towards challenges in implementation; bring transparency in the implementation process; and, facilitate exchange of information and coordination among all those working on the SDGs in Uganda.
Getting the “demand” Right
Four years back, the global leaders adopted an ambitious and universal global development agenda on Transforming Our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With hindsight, now we know that one of the factors that impeded fuller delivery of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) had been the lack of an adequate accountability mechanism. This time around, in case of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we want to get it right.
Accordingly, there is a growing effort to strengthen the review and follow-up processes of the 2030 Agenda. The multi-stakeholder approach espoused by the new global agenda calls upon the non-state actors of the countries to play a critical, if not a defining, role not only in the implementation of the SDGs, but also in ensuring their transparency, efficiency and accountability. Indeed, heightened participation of the public representatives, civil society, private sector and others promote the “demand-side factors”, enabling change through implementation of the SDGs.