By Our Writer
The United Nations in Uganda has awarded certificates to five Ugandan journalists in recognition for their great efforts in promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals ( SDG) in the year 2020\2021.
Many of the winners who were selected from hundreds of other participants from various local media houses beat the competition after their works emerged the best.
“Journalists who received certificates of recognition from@UNinUganda at #WPFD2021UG for being inspirational and promoting #SDGs were Gerald Tenywa, New Vision; Mildred Tuhaise, NBS; Earnest Kivumbi, HICGI News Agency; Jocylynne Nakibuule, Spark TV; and Ali Mivule, NTV,” the UN tweeted Wednesday.
Our Moles at NBS TV reveal that popular news anchor Mildred Tuhaise is literally over the moon because of this recognition, because it has greatly helped to amplify her resume.
The recognition is timely however, since it comes at a time when several countries have just commemorated the World Press Freedom Day, which is observed every May 3rd.
It should be noted that besides the 2030 Agenda, African countries have committed to implement the African Union Agenda 2063, which is both a vision and a plan to build a more prosperous Africa in 50 years. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges the importance of the AU Agenda 2063 and considers it an integral part of it.
Africa has made significant progress on the Millennium Development Goals, including enrolling more children in primary school, particularly girls, increasing the representation of women in national parliaments, and reducing child and maternal deaths and the proportion of people infected with HIV.
Building on this progress, several countries are already taking steps to translate the ambitions articulated in the 2030 Agenda into tangible outcomes for their people; they are beginning with integrating the SDGs into their national visions and plans.
Uganda was one of the first countries to develop its 2015/16–2019/20 national development plan in line with the SDGs.
The Government estimates that 76 per cent of the SDGs targets are reflected in the plan and adapted to the national context.
The UN Country Team has supported the government to integrate the SDGs also into sub-national development plans, in line with the national plan.
The governments of Sierra Leone, Uganda, Madagascar and Togo volunteered to conduct national reviews of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
They received support from UNDP for preparing their respective reports, which were presented at the UN High-level Political Forum, held on 11–20 July 2016 in New York.
The Forum is the United Nations global platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs; it provides policy guidance to countries for the implementation of the goals.