SDGs to eradicate poverty in Kenya by 2030, says Kiunjuri

Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) will eradicate poverty by the year 2030, Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has said.

The CS confirmed that the 15 year programme, to be launched tomorrow and comprising of 17 sustainable development goals, will focus on improving health, achieving gender equality as well as ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all.

“The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development plan of action would assist the international community free the human race from hunger, poverty and oppression,” said CS Kiunjuri.

“The agenda looks to amend and secure not only Kenya but the whole planet through local, regional and international cooperation,” he added.

He ascertained that to achieve the set goals and target, the medium term plans for 2013-2017 and the medium term plans for 2018-2020 will be completed in the next few months.

The SDGs came into effect on January 1, 2016 aiming to stimulate development engagement and action for a period of 15 years.

Among other key areas the programme would focus on for the said period include protection of the environment from degradation, sustainable management of natural resources as well as taking urgent action against climate change so that it can support the needs of present and future generations.

Wilmot Reeves, an economic advisor from the United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP) says that for Kenya to achieve her vision 2030, it must as a country kick poverty out of the nation.

“Ending poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and ensuring that all human beings fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in health environment would help us achieve our vision 2030,” he said.

The CS lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta’s efforts of signing into law the Banking Amendment Bill saying it will further stimulate development for all citizens thus kicking poverty out of the country.



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