UN Country Team, Ministry of Finance and National Bureau of Statistics conduct a workshop on contextualization of the SDGs
On 29 May, the Ministry of Finance and the National Bureau of Statistics convened a workshop with the support of the UN Country Team in South Sudan on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The SDGs represent the global development aspirations of all countries in the world and call for an end to extreme poverty and hunger in the world by 2030 and significant progress in a range of other areas, including peace and inclusive governance. The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals that expired in 2015.
More than 60 people participated in the workshop from government ministries, civil society and UN agencies to discuss how to mainstream and adapt the SDGs to the context of South Sudan, and how to prioritize implementation of the SDGs as part of a new national development plan. Participants agreed that SDG number 2 on ending hunger and SDG number 16 on peace and inclusive governance were the most important for South Sudan today. They also agreed that more work and consultations would be needed to strengthen the knowledge of the SDGs, and to implement them to reach the goals in 2030 in a way that is well adapted to the challenges and the national context of South Sudan.
The workshop was part of the work on an inaugural national SDG report that will be ready later in 2017, and will become the basis for the continued work on implementing the SDGs in South Sudan.