United Nations (UN) launch the Sustainable Development Goals. (SDGs)

The UN officially launched the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals on September 25th 2015. These have been outlined upon and agreed upon by world leaders, with the aim to transform the world socially, economically and environmentally by 2030. The SDGs will come into effect on January 1, 2016, to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were adopted in 2000 by the UN.

Uganda was represented by President Museveni, who also co-chaired a session to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals are;

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Speaking about their launch, VEDCO Executive Director Henry Nsereko said,”I welcome these goals and happy to note that they are closely aligned with our work as an institution. They put emphasis on 5Ps; People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships. We pray that world leaders most especially Uganda abide by this action plan.”




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