Resource mobilization key to success of post 2015 development agenda, says UNGA President Sam Kutesa

Jan 27, 2015

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Hon Sam Kutesa at Post 2015 H.E. Hon. Sam Kutesa, President of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly speaking at the public lecture on the theme, "‘The United Nations at 70: Towards a transformative social – economic development agenda" that was held on 27th January 2015 at Kampala Serena International Conference Centre (Photo by UNDP-Uganda 2015).

KAMPALA - The President of the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Mr. Sam Kutesa, has said the success of the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will largely depend on countries mobilising financing from alternative sources other than overseas development assistance (ODA) for implementation.

Mr Kutesa made the observation during a public lecture on the theme, "The United Nations at 70: Towards a transformative social economic development agenda", that took place January 27, at the Serena Hotel in Kampala.

The purpose of the lecture, a key highlight of his first official state visit to Uganda, was to enable Mr Kutesa interact with stakeholders and raise awareness of the work of the United Nations, in particular the priorities set out for the tenure of his Presidency. 

“We need think outside of the box, and find alternative means of financing if we want the post 2015 development agenda to be truly transformative”, Mr Kutesa stated, noting that the new development framework, which will be discussed at the forthcoming UNGA in New York in September, offers far more  holistic and universal targets than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

While acknowledging that the MDGs, which are due to expire at the end of 2015, had significantly reduced poverty, inequality, exclusion, and other global challenges such as climate change, mr Kutesa noted however, that many of the targets had not been fully achieved as majority of developing countries had relied mostly on ODA as their primary source of funding for implementation.

He stressed the importance of citizen engagement in owning the new agenda, and called for policies and actions that support and empower women, girls and boys, as well as stimulate private sector, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to ensure growth benefits all and leaves no one behind.

Mr Kutesa, who is also Uganda's Foreign Affairs Minister, looked ahead to forthcoming high level UN Summits in Addis Ababa, and Paris as vital in refining the new sustainable development goals, before they are presented for adoption by the UN General Assembly in September in New York.

He commended the Government of Uganda for its efforts in localizing the SDGs and mainstreaming them in the new five-year National Development Plan (II), due to be launched later this year by the National Planning Authority of the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development. The NDPII, a blueprint for the country’s economic development to transform Uganda to a middle income status, was supported by the UN, with UNDP providing both financial, and technical support to government, on behalf of the UN Country Team.

Following his public lecture at Serena, which had been attended by government representatives, diplomats, civil society, media and the general public, Mr Kutesa later held a meeting with UN staff and fielded questions about the new global agenda and the priorities of his one year presidency.

“I thank the UN staff in Uganda for the work you are doing in health, population and other development challenges, and for being the foot soldiers for the MDGs and the new global development agenda”, he said, adding that the UN remains the best placed organization to support countries solve their development challenges.

In her welcoming remarks, Ms Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative pledged the UNCT’s support for the localization and implementation of the SDGs in Uganda.

“We want to work with you as Uganda presides over the 69th session successfully and as you make decisions that impact humanity,” she said, and described Mr Kutesa’s tenure as a great opportunity for the UN to change the lives of the world’s people in an unprecedented way.

Mr Kutesa's presidency is tackling seven priorities, namely: Post 2015 development agenda; addressing climate change; strengthening and advancing reform of the United Nations; strengthening cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organisations; peace building and peaceful settlement of disputes; advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women; and enhancing the role of the alliance of civilizations


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