NATIONAL COUNTY DIALOGUE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)
The SDGs Kenya Forum organized a one-day meeting on 9th May 2017, in Nairobi, Kenya. The aim of the meeting was to provide a platform to strengthen accountability systems nationally towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ensuring that no one is left behind. The meeting was organized at national and county level with the theme: “National County Dialogue: Leave No One Behind”. The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) was represented by Ms. Zipporah Mwaura, Executive Secretary, Youth and Children, and Ms. Esther Mwai from our sister organization, the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN).
The SDGs Kenya Forum is a platform resulting from a transition process by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) who came together about 3 years ago as the Kenya CSOs Reference Group on Post-2015. It comprises of multi-sector and multi-constituency Civil Society Organizations seeking to represent diversity in issues, constituencies and technical capital required for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The meeting was attended by FBOs, CSOs, Government Ministries, UN representatives, Counties Representatives and Youth movements. A previous meeting aimed at shaping the Kenya national strategy was held earlier in the year.
The objectives of the National County Dialogues were:
- Consolidate feedback from the 5 county dialogues on “leave no one behind “, so as to scale up the initiative to the other 42 counties;
- Create awareness and foster ownership on the SDGs framework and what it articulates;
- CSOs Voluntary National Review Report Validation;
- Create a platform of collaboration between different stakeholders, the government, the private sector, the media, the academia and CSOs in priority setting, implementation and monitoring;
- Provide a space to the counties for dialogue and inclusion of the community voices to precede the national dialogues.
The following transpired from the presentations:
- It is important that the SDGs be domesticated, nationally and locally, to ensure that opportunity is given to everyone to offer insight, priorities and how they can participate in decision making and implementation of the SDGs.
- Inclusivity was highlighted to enable reach out to and hear from the people who are usually not visible in the policy discussion spaces, and this will help bring out community voices of women, youth, people with disability, children and community volunteers.