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UHRC Asks Gov't to Incorporate SDGs into NDP III

Medi S.K. Kaggwa, the UHRC chairperson said that the achievement of the SDGs has a direct bearing on the fulfilment of social and economic rights globally.
Sylvia Nabatanzi Muwebwa, the Equal Opportunity Commission Chairperson together with the UHRC chairperson Med S.K. Kaggwa addressing media at UHRC offices in Kampala

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The Uganda Human Rights Commission –UHRC has asked the government to incorporate the Social Development Goals –SDGs in the Uganda's National Development Plan III.

Speaking ahead of the 5th annual conference on Economic Social and cultural rights in Uganda, that starts on Wednesday at Makerere University, Medi S.K. Kaggwa, the UHRC chairperson said that the achievement of the SDGs has a direct bearing on the fulfilment of social and economic rights globally.

Kaggwa said Ugandans have previously concentrated on International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights –ICCPR neglecting issues surrounding social and cultural rights.

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During a UN conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, UN member states including Uganda agreed to adopt the SDGs as the next global policy development platform up to 2030.

According to Kaggwa, the conference is expected to pay attention to Uganda's preparedness to achieve certain key sustainable development goals aligned to economic social and cultural rights.

These rights include; No poverty, Zero Hunger, good health and wellbeing, quality education, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities and partnerships for the goals.

Salima Namusobya, the Executive Director of the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights –ISER says among the issues that are currently limiting the implementation of the SGDs is the aspect of financing.

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Sylvia Nabatanzi Muwebwa, the Equal Opportunity Commission Chairperson wants government ministries, departments and agencies to be interested in issues that affect all categories of citizens during the phase of planning and budgeting process.

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The Makerere School of Law Principal and PILAC coordinator Prof. Christopher Mbazira observes that the conference is a platform for government to account on what it has so far been done in relation to implementation of SDGs.  

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