Posted on November 6, 2015
Nairobi, Kenya 24th September 2015 – UNDP partnered with the Nairobi County Government, civil society organizations and the private sector to raise a flag in support of the Sustainable Development Goal 9, at the historic Uhuru Park. The event is part of a global campaign to raise 17 flags, representing the 17 global goals, in an effort to raise awareness and popularize the SDGs which will be endorsed by world leaders during the UN General Assembly in New York from 25th to 27th September 2015.
Acting UN Resident Representative and WFP Country Director, Ms. Annalisa Conte said Kenya has been on the path to transformative development through the many reforms and investments in infrastructure, technology, communications and innovative interventions and therefore it was fitting for the country to hoist the Goal 9 Flag. “UN is inspired by the recognition that industrialization offers unique opportunities for development, and that Kenya’s overall development may well be shaped by the path of industrialization” She said. Sustainable Development Goal 9 seeks to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation as a driver of the sustainable development.
Representing the private sector and also partnering with civil society in the light up the way campaign, the Standard Chartered bank head of Technology and operations, Mr. Peter Gitau said all sectors need to work together to end poverty and fight inequality. “It is only through collaborations and partnerships that we will be able to have an impact. These goals are for the people and by the people and therefore we must make sure that no one is left behind” said Gitau.
Kenyans were further educated on the Sustainable Development Goals and asked to hold their leaders accountable on their promise to end poverty, but also that they need to take action and participate in the process.
UNDP has been leading the conversations on the post 2015 development agenda, receiving comments from Kenyans noting that for sustainable development to be achieved, it is crucial to harmonize three core elements: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. These elements are interconnected and all are crucial for the well–being of individuals and societies.
Please click here for the pictures from the flag raising event.