Somali government has officially launched 2030 development agenda-SDGs in an event participated by more than 200 people representing national stakeholders and development partners. The meeting was jointly organized by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP – Somalia). Representative from Federal Government Officials, Regional States, Banadir Region Administration, youth, civil society, private sector, academia, development partners and general public have welcomed the launch and the early engagement process led by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. Main objectives of the launch were:
- To raise awareness and understanding about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and its content, principles and commitments amongst national and international actors;
- To discuss what the global goals and targets mean in Somali contexts and the actions we need to take to achieve them;
- To mobilize support amongst national and international actors the way forward to implement and monitor the 2030 Development Goals;
Government officials gave reassuring and forward looking remarks. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H. E. Mohamed Omar Arteh has indicated the relevance of SDGs to institutional development and to the National Development Plan. “We need to strengthen government institutions to tackle poverty, protect the environment and improve security” said H.E. Mohamed Omar Arteh. “While the world have agreed to the 17 important goals for sustainable development, we have to be selective and prioritise these goals such as goal one of poverty elimination and goal seven of clean energy” said the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, H.E. Abdirahman Yusuf Ali Aynte
Development partners have also stressed support and reiterate the need for Federal Government leadership and early engagement of national stakeholders and development partners. “Congratulations to the Federal Government of Somalia and to the Somali people for the early launch of SDGs while many developed countries are still behind” said the Honourable Ambassador of Sweden, Mr. Mikael Lindvall.
The event was widely welcomed by all participants and everyone supported the localization of SDGs for better implementation and monitoring.