President Paul Kagame hails President Lungu’s leadership and commitment towards sustainable development in Africa
......Warm congratulations and thanks to our brother and friend, President Lungu, for giving this institution a home here in Zambia......
Lusaka, 7th August, 2019 (SMART EAGLES)
Rwanda’s President His Excellency Mr Paul Kagama has hailed President Lungu’s leadership and commitment towards seeing a developed Africa through the actualization of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Speaking on behalf of the SDG Centre for Africa board, President Kagame said the SDG center for Africa is deeply elated at the speed Zambia has followed through with its pledges.
“It is also a great pleasure to be back in Lusaka. Today is a happy occasion. This is the first Sub-Regional Centre to open its doors. The reason is very simple: The leadership and commitment of President Lungu and the Government of Zambia”
“On behalf of the SDG centre for African board, I wish to express our gratitude for the speed with which Zambia has followed through on its pledges”
President Kagame said they appreciate the outstanding quality of the facilities that have been provided. The centre has all the conditions needed to succeed in its mission.
“The importance of that mission is clear. The Sustainable Development Goals, just like the African Union’s Agenda 2063, are detailed blueprints for delivering our people the future they deserve. That requires good policy-making, as well as reliable national data systems to track progress toward the targets”.
The role of the SDG Centre for Africa is to support governments in their endeavors, especially by providing technical advice on upgrading statistical capacity. The Centre can also provide relevant policy research and analysis tailored to the circumstances of each country.
The Head of State called upon governments, the private sector and in civil societies, to make the most of the resource as 2030 is fast approaching.
“This is an agenda that is meaningful for us in Africa. So really we do all these things for ourselves. The ambitious goals represent real, tangible progress in the well-being of our people. Namely, improvements to health, economic opportunity, gender parity, and environmental protection, to name just a few. Things that anyone can see and feel in their own lives, is what is represented in the SDGs, and therefore the Centre and the sub-centres will be championing that”
President Kagame further reiterated that next months, United Nations General Assembly, we will participate in the SDG Summit.
“This is a high-level political forum to assess progress to date, and renew the global determination to do what it takes to achieve the goals. Importantly, the United Nations and the African Union are going to be working even more closely together”.
President Kagame stated that the launch of Sub-Regional Centre is therefore very timely, and They hope other regions of our continent will follow suit.
He applauded Liberia for its commitment towards hosting the SDG centre West African Region.
Date: 8 August 2019