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Minister Konneh proposes strategy to implement SDGs

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-Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh
-Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh

(elbcradio.com/Jan. 28, 2016)-Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh, says the establishment of a taskforce is vital to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Minister Konneh said, if established, the taskforce shall be called Inter-Agency Taskforce, to oversee the effective and efficient implementation of the SDGs.

According to the Finance Minister, the Taskforce is intended to localize and ensure significant progress in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Liberia.

Minister Konneh made the call recently at the launch of the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in Liberia.

Minister Konneh said: “Government will no longer orphan the SDGs like it did with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).”

“Government will, instead, treat the SDGs as part of its National Vision and Agenda for Transformation to achieve key goals of the process,” he emphasized.

The Finance and Development Planning Minister disclosed that Liberia has already begun the implementation aspect of the SDGs as evidenced by the ongoing government-coordinated transformation programs.

Minister Konneh named health, education, energy, transport, clean water, gender equality as some key goals of the Agenda for Sustainable Development.

He also said other critical areas of the SDGs that need urgent attention include sanitation, infrastructure, and agriculture, among others.

Meanwhile, Minister Konneh is calling on international partners to provide substantial funding in grants to support health and education, including long-term concessional credit financing infrastructure.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development/Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was adopted in September, 2015 in New York, the United States of America, by 193 member states of the United Nations to succeed the Millennium Development Goals.

The SDGs is aimed at ending poverty, narrowing inequalities, and protecting the planet for the next 15 years.

 


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