GOL, UNDP Conducts Development Dialogue on SDGs

Nov 16, 2015

Participants at the SDGs Dialogue held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County

The Government of Liberia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has conducted a week-long development dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their statistical foundation from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the SDGs.

The dialogue, held under the theme: “Enhancing the Capacities and National Statistical Foundations for the Evidence Based Policies toward the Domestication and Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Liberia’s Development Agenda-our Progress, Promise, Legacy and Division for World We Want 2030”, brought together about 100 participants drown from various grass root and community based organizations, government institutions and members of  physically challenged communities, among others.

Mr. Stanley Kamara, UNDP Economic Specialist/National Economist made remarks on behalf of the Country Director Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen at the opening of the weeklong dialogue.

Mr. Kamara said ensuring the implementation of the SDGs was critically important to Liberia’s development.

Comprising of 17 goals and 169 targets, Kamara told the participants to identify mechanisms that will be to put in place to help domesticate the implementation of the SDGs in the country.

He pointed out that the implementation of the SDGs in Liberia requires the total inclusion and involvement of civil society organizations (CSOs), the media, government, traditional leaders, youth, women, students, and people living with disabilities among others.

The UNDP National Economist said inclusive development dialogues are central to transformative development which occurs where development plans and policies to address the underlying barriers to progress, including inequalities; are far-sighted, strategic, and lay the ground for structural transformation; and meet the expectations of people to be heard and engaged.

“As you embark on the journey to domesticate the SDGs, I wish to remind you in order to catch up and sustain progress, keen attention should be paid to ensuring that the economy is more inclusive and diverse, and add more value to commodities” Kamara intimated.

He stressed the need to invest more in the health, education, and training of  people with a focus on youths, to realize the demographic dividend, develop infrastructure, and strengthen institutional capacities.

“I wish to further stress the need for prioritization of social inclusion of vulnerable groups and promotion human security, fostering of inclusion and social equity, and strengthen social cohesion,”Mr. Kamara said.

Madam Martha Karnga of the Bassa Women Development Association (BAWODA) spoke on behalf of CSOs in Liberia. Madam Karnga said a successful implementation of SDGs in Liberia will largely depend on the level of inclusiveness of every sector of the society, including the CSOs in all of its processes.

 “The issue of the MDGs implementation was not successful because the CSOs were left out. …And in order to successfully implement these SDGs, there must be collaboration between the Government and CSOs in all of the counties because we are the mouth piece for our people,” Madam Karnga said.

Also speaking, Levi Demah, Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Labor described the gathering as timely.

“This dialogue will help us look at challenges and way forward to achieve the SDGs and we will continue to work for the successful implementation of the SDGs which stand to benefit the country and citizens at large,” he said.



for more information, contact;

Kamara, Stanley-National Economist; Tel: +231/0770003782/0886 580203; email: stanley.kamara@undp.org

Augusta Pshorr –Communications Analyst E-mail: augusta.pshorr@undp.org Tel: +231-770-003-819/886-521-425

Sam Zota –National UNV Communications Associate Email: sam.zota@undp.org/zotasam@gmail.com Tel: +231-886-474-563/770175162

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