Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr few days ago made a presentation at the Voluntary National Review (VNR) Lab on peacebuilding and sustaining peace through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The VNR Lab is convened on the margins of the High-level Political Forum to provide a platform for participants to share experiences and reflections on implementing measures to improve the condition of the poorest and most vulnerable people. Sharing challenges in mobilizing resources, policy making, data collection and building partnerships to create societies that leave no one behind was also part of the agenda.
In Mayor Aki-Sawyerr’s presentation she highlighted the alignment of the Transform Freetown agenda to the Sustainable Development Goals. She explained how the inclusive process adopted in developing the Transform Freetown targets and initiatives as well as the targets and initiatives themselves contribute to strengthening community ownership and the improvement of the lives of Freetown’s residents. She said these are important elements in sustaining peace. Mayor Aki-Sawyerr also shared examples of digital innovation that are being used by Freetown City Council in the implementation of #Transform Freetown.