South Sudan’s Parliamentarians Explore Roles and Responsibilities Towards Achieving the Global Goals and Agenda 2030

Sep 14, 2017

South Sudan's Parliamentarians in a group photo at the end of a two-day SDGs familiarization workshop in Juba

Following a two-day familiarization workshop recently held in Juba, South Sudan’s Parliamentarians in the Transitional National Assembly unanimously chose the sixteenth goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “Peace, Justice and strong institutions”, as the top and most urgent priority in the country’s progress towards achieving Agenda 2030.

Jointly organized by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), and the United Nations Development Programme, the workshop was aimed at supporting the Parliamentarians to fulfill their roles and responsibilities as the peoples’ representatives, legislators, and overseers of the Government’s national and international commitments.

Speaking during the opening session, CEPO’s Executive Director Mr. Edward Yakani urged Parliamentarians to play a leading role in ensuring the national, regional and global agendas are enshrined in national development planning and budgeting.

“Today we are looking at Agenda 2030 to identify issues of national priorities and what can we do together in our various capacities. We urge the government to give us its priorities so we can realign them with the National Vision 2040, the African Union Agenda 2063, and Agenda 2030, which are all interconnected and complementary,” Mr. Yakani stated.

In a keynote address, the guest of honor Deputy Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly Rt. Hon. Timothy Tut stated: “I am happy that this important workshop will expose and familiarize our Parliamentarians, especially the chairpersons of the specialized committees, to the literature of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

“The implementation of the SDGs and the other related programs are not without many challenges including lack of political will, limited resources, impediments caused by cultural beliefs, the absence of respect for human rights, the rule of law, and gender inequality,” Rt. Hon. Tut said. 

Participants stressed the importance of the availability of realistic and accurate statistical data to inform decisions about the SDGs implementation, as well as establishing a national working group on the SDGs to work on a national action plan for the implementation of Agenda 2030, along with the National Vision 2040 and Africa Union Agenda 2063.

Speaking on behalf of UNDP, Economics Advisor Mr. Frederick Mugisha pointed out that the SDGs speak to the context in which “we find ourselves in South Sudan.” He added, as a partner, UNDP’s focus is to provide integrated solutions to enable people to respond to crisis and accelerate recovery.

UNDP reaffirmed its commitment to creating SDG integrated support platforms in the form of identifying solutions to planning, financing, monitoring and evaluation, as well as implementation and operational mechanisms to deliver outcomes related to the SDGs.