In an effort to promote the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, the United Nations Development Program or UNDP, in partnership with the Press Union of Liberia, has ended a day-long discussion on ways of enabling Liberia to fall in line with its counterparts in promoting the SDGs.
The program brought together several partners, including Civil Society Organizations, in the Township of West Point in Central Monrovia – hard hit during the deadly Ebola outbreak. Speaking at the program, the Country Director of the UNDP, Dr. Kamil kamaludeen, stressed that with the collaboration of every Liberian in the country, there will be development, noting that the development of the country was in the hands of Liberians.
He described Liberians as the masters of their own development, and that working together would bring development. Unlike the MDGs, the SDGs will give a wider and broader platform to do better in supporting the communities and achieving the 17 goals of the SDGs.
The President of the Press union of Liberia, Kamara A. Kamara, said the gathering was the first Social Group summit in Liberia since organized in 2010, saying there were joint forces to end the deadly Ebola virus. “As the world leaders adopted the SDGs few days ago in New York, I would like to encourage the people of Liberia to take action to end Poverty, as well as children diseases, among others,” he indicated.
The Director for Economic Policy Unit at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Bobby E. Musah, added that technology was very important in the implementation of the SDGs. He said ICTs can facilitate effective governance structures by helping governments connect with citizens and civil society, as long as their role is recognized within the SDGs, while the ICTs, including mobile phone and Internet have changed the world and opened opportunities for enhancing development efforts to solve the health, agriculture, financial and education challenges that we face.
The Rio+20 Conference in 2012 mandated UN Member States to launch the process of developing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which should last for 15 years (2016-2030). The SDGs were developed to build upon the MDGs, focus on the achievement of sustainable development-Economic development, social inclusion and environment. The SDGs are action-oriented, global in nature, and universally applicable to all countries, among others. The SDGs will also succeed the MDGs at the end of December 2015 as the new global development goals. There 17 goals and 169 targets of the SDGs.
The Proxy of Dr. Masoka Fallah – Dr. Netty Joe, Field Associate at the UNDP, noted that the Community-Based Initiative Lays the Foundation for Health and Communities that are adequately empowered to engage in a surprisingly effective fight against Ebola or any other Public Health plight.
“Ebola can be quickly defeated by Local Communities with additional support from an adequately equipped, staffed and coordinated External Team,” she added, further stressing that the community-based initiative helped a lot in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease. She said the initiative was used to track the sick, as well as body swapping.
According to her, by September 2104, there were 49% cases reported, and that Montserrado had 50% of the total number because of its population density.
By Ethel A. Tweh -Edited by George Barpeen