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Saturday, 16th July 2022
H.E Ambassador Adonia Ayebare presiding over the HLPF 2022 side Event
13July 2022:Uganda Mission hosted the first ever side Event since the lock down to the Covid-19 Pandemic, this was held at Uganda House in New York, alongside the on HPLF2022. The theme was Building Effective Models to Accelerate SDGs in Post COVID-19 Era: Lessons from Uganda 
Uganda's delegation was headed by the Rt. Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba, Minister for General Duties SDG Focal Point Minister. Among other panelists were H.E. Hon. Augustus J. Flomo, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Finance, and Development Planning, Liberia; Dr. Albert Byamugisha, Adviser, SDGs Adviser, OPM; Dr Richard Bofah, Director General, SDGs Unit at the Presidency, Ghana; Professor Eddy Maloka, CEO, APRM Secretariat, South Africa.  Uganda was one of the first countries to adopt and integrate the SDG performance targets in its National Development Plans (NDP II and NDP III). 

The country is now on a path to accelerate its efforts towards achieving the SDGs through supporting a new path towards the attainment of inclusive and sustainable economic growth with the pledge to 'Leave No One Behind'. Uganda is taking bold all-of-government policy steps, through its Ministries, Departments and Agencies under the overall government business leadership by the Office of the Prime Minister of Uganda, Local Governments, Private Sector, Civil Society Organizations, Think Tanks, and Academia to localize and fast track the implementation of the2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 SDGs. Uganda has also expanded its partnership with development partners. 

The UN system and in particular the UNDP and other development partners have played a pivotal role in supporting Uganda's efforts toward building new and effective models. Uganda is committed to consolidating the progress made and fast-track the efforts to reach the furthest behind first such as rural poor women, communities stricken by drought and hunger, PWDs, young girls, and other population at risk. Like all countries in the world, Uganda has been exploring ways in which it can 'build back better' after the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities and the economy. In this regard, the Government of Uganda convened a national consultation on SDGs and consulted with district leaders across the country, the private sector, civil society, traditional leaders, young women and men, and several other organized groups. 

This bottom-up process culminated in the first-ever Annual SDG National Conference in Uganda addressed by H.E the President of Uganda. Through this nationwide consultation, stakeholders deliberated on a diversity of effective models to attain the SDGs within the context of thepost-COVID-19.Rich discussions were held, innovative solutions were discussed and recommendations were made, and an outcome document that represents a national spirit to galvanize the SDG attainment in the post- Covid era was produced.