SDGs Go Down to the RegionsNov 30, 2016
Key stakeholders from the public sector, academia and civil society organisations from across the regions have taken part in a series of sensitisation workshops on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The workshops (held November 2016) were organised by the UN in collaboration with the National Planning Commission and took place in Hawassa, Mekelle and Dire Dawa, drawing participants from nearby regions.
“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development commits stakeholders to work together” UNDP Ethiopia’s economic advisor, James Wakiaga, highlighted, stressing that, “Building on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals, the task ahead for all countries, including Ethiopia, is to proactively engage in mainstreaming, contextualizing and domesticating the SDGs and their targets into national and sub-national plans and strategies”.
Participants of the workshop also stressed the importance of putting in place a strong monitoring and evaluation system which involves harmonization and standardization of data to assess the progress Ethiopia is making on SGDs. The National Plan Commission’s M&E Bureau Director General, Temesgen Walelign noted that a needs assessment will review the financial, human and technology resources available and necessary for Ethiopia to achieve the SDGs. He also explained that the National Plan Commission is preparing a national monitoring and evaluation policy which would embrace the harmonization and standardization of data which would minimize errors and create opportunity for comparing regions in terms of the progress made in achieving the SDGs.
Participants also noted that following up to the regional consultations the NPC is required to further refine the indicators of SDGs for improved alignment with GTP II and follow-up national plans in the future.
NPC’s commissioner Dr. Yinager Dessie’s message read out to the participants gathered in the Hawassa workshop underlined the government’s commitment to the SDGs and noted that Ethiopia had already mainstreamed the SDGs into its national plan. Where there are targets or indicators that are not included in the Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II) these would be mainstreamed in the proposed 15-years Perspective Plan.
**The SDG regional workshops follow up to an initial national SDG workshop held in the capitial Addis Ababa as well as a media engagement session on the goals organised around the UN Day celebrations in October.
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