By Murithi Kavindu
The government has announced plans to fast track the local implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) through close collaboration with the incoming Governors, private and other public sector players.
Post the August 8 general elections, the Government will seek to mainstream the SDG’s into the second generation County Integrated Development Plans and public institutions strategic plans.
Speaking from New York at the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, State Department of Planning and Statistics Principal Secretary, IrunguNyakera, said plans are underway to ensure the mainstreaming of SDG’s into the third medium term plan.
To address the plight of the less disadvantaged in society, combat poverty, and promote equity as part of the SDG commitments, the government, Nyakera said has allocated Kshs 68.7 Billion (US$ 65 million) for direct poverty reduction programmes.
“In Kenya, we mean business and we have embarked on the necessary steps to enhance collaborative public and private sector stakeholder participation in the SDGs’ process,” Nyakera said, adding that, “the alignments with the respective County Development plans and the 3rd Vision 2030 Medium term plans will help transform Kenya into a progressively industrializing and a globally competitive nation.”
At the ongoing meeting, the national SDG implementation efforts, received global commendation with Kenya standing in as one of the 44 countries that have volunteered to present their national SDG score cardto the HLPF.
The Kenya voluntary report presented at the HLPF, Nyakera said, outlines Kenya’s efforts to align the SDGs with Vision 2030. An SDGs Road Map, he added has been prepared with seven broad areas that will guide the transition process in Kenya
“Each of the 17 SDGs was mapped with Vision 2030 Second Medium Term Plan (MTP) objectives to ensure the global development framework and its implementation is directly linked towards achieving both Vision 2030 and SDGs,” he said.
On the regional co-operation efforts adopted to sustain SDG’s implementation, Nyakera told the HLPF that Kenya has participated in Somalia Peace Keeping Missions; signed treaties on cultural exchange programmes with 51 countries hosting Kenya Missions and is the chair of the InterCountry Quality Nodes on peace education in Africa. The country he added is currently developing the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Project, the largest integrated transformative infrastructure project in Africa.
The recent placing of a total BAN on plastic bags with effect from August 2017 as per the (EAC) Polythene Materials Control Bill, 2016 proposal also received a positive reception at the forum.