By Daniel Sabiiti
Rwanda will host the Sustainable Development Goals center for Africa to promote the United Nation objectives of achieving the goals on the continent in the next fourteen years.
The role of the SDG Center will be to support the achievement of the SDGs in all parts of Africa
President Paul Kagame said that Rwanda is honoured to host the SDG centre for Africa
“We are keen to work with all of you to mobilise commitment needed for Africa to maximise the benefits of this agreement” Kagame said, adding that the role of citizens and private sector remains pivotal to the success of Africa’s initiatives.
Kagame made the remarks while chairing the board meeting for the SDG Center for Africa in New York, on September 19, 2016 at the UN General Assembly.
The meeting was also attended by President Patrice Talon of Benin, President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique, President Alpha Conde of Guinea Conakry, Jeffrey Sachs and Business leader Aliko Dangote, co-chair of the board.
Rwanda was chosen to host the SDG center for Africa after exhibiting high performance in the implementation of Millenuim Development Goals which ended in 2015, especially reduction on child mortality rates, improved maternal health, education for all, Promote gender equality and empower women, among others.
Professor Geoffrey Sachs, the chief advisor to the UN secretary General said choice of Rwanda was because of its outstanding exemplariness on policies and political will which is a basis for an assurance that the SDG’s will be implemented on the continent.
Adopted by all 193 UN Member States, the Sustainable Development Goals are 17 ambitious goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030.
This month, UN also launched the SDG’s academy- aims to provide high-quality, massive open online education in collaboration with the member institutions and partners of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)- an independent non-profit organization that was set up to support the work of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).