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Monday, 23 April 2018

Transforming Agriculture for Implementing the SDGs in Sudan (2)

If you want to attack poverty in Sudan, then agriculture will be your option, FAO Babagana
Agriculture is a very important sector in Sudan if not the most important
By: Alula Berhe - Najat Ahmed
The Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are the global framework that succeeded the Millennium Development Goals on 1 January 2016. The SDGs will shape national development plans over the next 15 years. From ending poverty and hunger to responding to climate change and sustaining natural resources, food and agriculture lies at the heart of the 2030 Agenda.
In this context the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)  at the request of the Government and cooperation  with the National Population Council, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and Central Bureau of Statistics organized a two days’ workshop on 17 and 18 April. 2018.
In this workshop some important papers were presented that we review here some of them.

Sudan SDGs Framework

The National Population Council’s Mr. Hassan Musa Yousif presented a paper on  “Mainstreaming Agenda 2030 and the SDGs in the Sudan. The paper posed three questions; how do we understand Agenda 2030 and the SDGs? How are we planning to implement the New Framework? And what did we do so far? . 
1.The Government of Sudan has declared its commitment to Agenda 2030 and to achieve the SDGs in the country at the 70th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The agenda is for peace and development and for transforming our world.
2. An institutional structure has been put in place to oversee and coordinate the implementation of the New Agenda at the National Level by Sector and the State Level, and by the NGOs Community Based Organizations and the private sector.
3. Implementation at the national level must be driven by the government with the engagement of all stakeholders.
4. Implementation of the SDGs at the national level must respond directly to the national development priorities aligned with the achievement of prosperity for the Sudanese people and contributing to the protection of the planet, through building peace and forging new development partnerships.
5. As repeatedly stated by the UN, the global SDGs framework is for global monitoring and review. Undoubtedly, it will be a grievous mistake to blindly use  the SDGs framework as a tool to measure how we are responding  to the global agenda.
6. Business as usual will not be a viable approach for implementing Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. We must adopt a transformative approach in our country to contribute to the transformation of the world.
7. We must adapt the SDGs framework to our national and local conditions and circumstances.  This pathway will definitely lead to the use of the SDGs framework for  establishing linkages and interactions, and to establish coherence in our national development plans and strategies. It is necessary to for us to understand our own strengths and weakness, and the threats opportunities that would help us chart future pathways for peace and development.
8. The global concepts, targets and indicators must be localized and contextualized to our cultures, norms and practices. It is necessary to develop an SDGs framework that is responsive to the national development priorities and planning standards, and at the same time meet the regional and global development agenda.
The institutional structure for the SDGs is composed of the ;National High Level Coordination Mechanism with the National Population Council as the main  national focal point with other national focal points, working groups and technical committees. There is also the economic sector ministerial committee, social development sector ministers, NGOs and CBOs who are all stakeholders in this effort.
The National Program for Sustainable Development, 2016-2030 have been formulated on the two pillars of Prosperity for the People and Protection of the Planet on the bases of peace and stability to attain the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
This is in line with “ Sustainable development must be an integrated agenda for economic, environmental and social solutions. Its strength lies in the interweaving of its dimensions. This integration provides the basis for economic models that benefit people and the environment; for environmental solutions that contribute to progress; for social approaches that add to economic dynamism and allow for the preservation and sustainable use of the environmental commons; and for reinforcing human rights, equality and sustainability. Responding to all goals as a cohesive and integrated whole will be critical to ensuring the transformations needed at scale.” UN Secretary General Synthesis Report.

Voluntary National Review

2018 Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies
SDG 6      water and sanitation
SDG7    Modern energy   
SDG11    Cities and human settlements
SDG 12    Consumption and production
SDG 15     Terrestrial ecosystems, forests, desertification, land degradation and biodiversity
SDG17    Means of implementation and global partnership

Voluntary National Review

A concept Note has been prepared and support has been received from the UNDP and UN Agencies (Interagency UN Missions)
The review is a process of engagement: The Government, People, CBOs. NGOs,  Private Sector.
The Review focus on ; social development priorities, economic , development priorities and means of implementation.
Social development priorities