UN in Kenya joins hands with partners to highlight Sustainable Development Goals

RC addressing journalists

UN Resident Coordinator addressing journalists on SDGs at Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi.

In an effort to highlight the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Kenya ahead of the UN global summit in New York, the UN system, together with the Government and Standard Chartered Bank, held a media briefing on 18 September, 2015.

Journalists from various media houses and representatives from the private sector and academia attended the briefing.

In her opening remarks, the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas reiterated how inclusive the SDGs process was and how citizens from all walks of life articulated their needs and priorities. She emphasized that the attainment of the new ambitious development targets is possible if governments rally civil society organizations, private sector, foundations and citizens, among others, to support them.

“The SDGs are about people, planet and prosperity. They call for involvement of every stake holder to realize the key targets outlined in the new global development framework,” Ms. Bekele-Thomas said.

Speaking on behalf of the Government, the Director of the MDGs Unit in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Mr. Gideon Mailu explained: “The MDGs had mixed results; there was success in poverty reduction, school enrollment and gender equality. We expect SDGs to accelerate progress towards achieving a prosperous, healthier, green and equal planet,” he said.

A representative of Standard Chartered Bank in Kenya, Ms. Olga Kimani, pledged to involve everyone in the SDGs through the power of technology, particularly mobile phones. She underlined the role of the private sector, as a key partner, in leading the process of achieving the SDGS.

A number of activities have been lined up by the UN in Kenya, together with other partners, to involve the public in the SDGs.