The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by world leaders in September 2015, as the new global development framework. The agenda replaced the Millennium Development Goals that expired in 2015. It seeks to leave no one behind and is associated with 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which are integrated and indivisible. Five critical areas of importance for humanity and the planet are put forth as; people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships.
The new goals and targets came into effect on 1 January 2016 and are expected to guide the decisions that countries take over the next fifteen years. Implementation of the Agenda is within own countries and at the regional and global levels, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities.
Uganda was among the 22 countries that volunteered to undertake the first country level review in July 2016 on the readiness to implement the 2030 Agenda. The review was organized under the auspices of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). HLPF is central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Uganda’s report summarized the countries readiness as below;
Summary of Uganda’s Readiness to Implement the 2030 Agenda
- Political commitment and leadership to sustainable and inclusive development
- Existence of policy and legal frameworks that promote sustainable development
- Existence of long and medium term national planning frameworks that have mainstreamed the 2030 Agenda including the Uganda Vision 2040 and the Second National Development Plan and opportunity for further integration in the 10 year perspective plan (2020 - 2030) and the third and fourth National Development Plans
- Currently in the process of developing Sector and Local Government Development Plans which are aligned to the NDP II (2015/16 – 2019/20) and integrate sector specific SDGs
- Existing national technical capacity to translate the global agenda into national development priorities and programmes and on-going efforts to strengthen capacity at the national, sector and local government levels
- Existence of institutions that facilitate planning, financing, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the 2030 Agenda, only requiring strengthening to implement the more ambitious Agenda
- Existence of the government coordination framework and on-going efforts to strengthen this framework in order to facilitate SDGs implementation and reporting
- On-going efforts to develop the National Standard Indicator Framework to facilitate data capturing and management
- Existence of the National Strategy for Statistical Development that is aligned to NDP II and provides an integrated programme for censuses and surveys for data collection and management
- The enactment of the Public Finance and Management Act (2015) which will facilitates efficiency in implementation by providing for: a. Certification of compliance of the national budgets to the NDP II b. Compliance of sector budget framework papers to gender and equity
- Existence of partnerships with key stakeholders in development including, the private sector, civil society, development partners, and regional initiatives and existing opportunities to create more partnerships
- Existence of opportunities to mobilize finances for implementation of the NDP II through domestic resources and internationally through development partnerships
- Recognition of the need to strengthen multi sectoral collaboration to harness synergies through re- institutionalising and operationalising the sector wide approach
Source: Uganda Report on readiness to implement the 2030 Agenda
Uganda localised the SDGs at the strategic level of its policies and the National Development Plan. Consequently, it was among the first countries to integrate the Agenda in its national planning frameworks particularly in the Second National Development Plan (NDPII), and is among the first countries with national plans that meaningfully equate to a National Sustainable Development Strategy. 75% of the SDG’s relevant to Uganda were integrated into NDPII. (2015-2020). Uganda made its second Voluntary Review to the 2020 High Level Political Forum, highlighting key milestones in implementation of Agenda 2030.