Sierra Leone has joined several other nations to present a 2nd Voluntary National Review Report on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at the on-going High-Level Political Forum 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly.
In his presentation, on behalf of the multiple stakeholders in Government, civil society, the private sector, youth and women’s groups and development partners in Sierra Leone, the Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Francis Kai Kai emphasised on the need for the global community to pay special attention to countries in fragile situations. He said in order for countries to walk out of fragility, they have to continue the hard work in making the people central to the planning and development of their countries.
Sierra Leone also organised a Side-Event on the theme: ‘Walking out of Fragility: Education and Justice for All” to showcase progress made in the implementation of the SDGs with a particular focus on SDG 4 (Education) and SDG 16 (Justice). The event was co-sponsored by the Canadian Mission to the United Nations. The panel of discussants included Ministers of Government (Foreign Affairs, Basic Education, Justice and Attorney General and Planning and Economic Development), Members of Parliament, and Civil Society, youth and UNDP / New York.
As the co-Chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and State-building (IDPS), Dr. KaiKai also launched the 2019-2021 Peace Vision, which focuses on three mutually reinforcing themes: Enhancing National Cohesion; promoting Gender Equality & the Women, Peace and Security agenda; and supporting a peace-promoting private sector. The vision articulates a series of commitments against which the IDPS members will hold themselves and each other accountable.
The 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is the global forum for reviewing successes, challenges and lessons learned on achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).