Sudan Gears up Efforts to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals

The National Population Council in collaboration with UNDP have organized a two day orientation session on the transition from MDGs to SDGs in Sudan on 22-24 Novemeber.

The workshop touched on progress made in Sudan with regards to the MDGs, an overview of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs content, objectives, implementation approaches and follow up mechanisms.)
The workshop also discussed the plan for nationalization of the SDGs and Sudan’s stand with regards to the new global goals, in addition to the proposed plan for national capacity building and mobilization of support to the SDGs in Sudan.

Participants in the event included representatives from the different line ministries, heads of planning departments and other representatives from the various ministries.

Addressing the closing session, UNDP Country Director Selva Ramachandran asserted UNDP’s support to the process of streamlining the SDG’s in the various ministries in Sudan, so as to be the guiding principal for all development interventions in Sudan. The UNDP director further commended the role of the National Population Council on spearheading efforts to implement the SDGs in Sudan, urging other line ministries to join in these efforts.

H.E. Minister of State at the Ministry of Social Affairs Ibrahim Adam Ibrahim underscored the importance of this event with regards to aligning national strategic objectives with the sustainable development goals. He further commended the efforts that UNDP have piloted in spearheading efforts for implementing the SDGs and for envisioning a smooth transition from the MDGs to the SDGs.

The Sustainable Development Goals will is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. The SDGs seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets announced today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental aspects.

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