During the meeting that attracted over 50 participants from the CSO and government, it was agreed that all stakeholders must ensure that the issues of women and children are top priority in all development efforts after 2015.
The coordinating entity for the post 2015 deve;t agenda consultations in Uganda, Kaggwa Ronald from the National Environment Authority (NEMA) outlined the countries current position.
“SDGs are to be action-oriented, concise and global in nature; they are to be universally applicable to all countries while taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies,” he said.
“Uganda was one of the first countries to align its national strategic plan with the post 2015 development agenda (NDPII).” Kaggwa added.
He urged CSOs to get use the opportunity of Uganda’s presidency of the UN General Assembly to ensure that the issues of women and children are included in the SDGs.
Hon. Turyahikayo Kebirungi Paula, MP Rubabo County, Rukungiri District was the guest of honor. She commended the CSOs for the good work done and for uniting to form strong coalitions such as UCCOSUN and RMNCH that fight for the good living standards of the vulnerable.
“It’s good to know there are organisations that fight for the vulnerable classes that are in some cases left-out of our complex government processes,” Turyahikayo said.
She challenged CSO members to ensure that the facts, testimonies, statistics and moving speeches presented during workshops should not only stop at hotel walls but reach the decision/policy makers.