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Kenya to begin monitoring SDGs implementation by end of year

16 August 2016, 20:34

Nairobi (Xinhua) -- Kenya plans to begin monitoring the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the end of the year, a senior government official said on Monday.

Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry for Devolution and Planning Mwangi Kiunjuri told a development forum in Nairobi that Kenya has already mapped out the 230 indicators that have been adopted agreed upon by the United Nations.

"Beginning in 2017, we can confidently start reporting and monitoring 128 indicators as we work on developing the rest through a number of surveys," Kiunjuri said during the National Workshop on Data Ecosystems for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Kiunjuri said Kenya hopes to become among the first countries in the world to begin reporting on the implementation of SDGs.

In 2015, the UN General Assembly agreed on 17 SDGs and 169 targets to be met by all UN member states by the year 2030. Kenya plans to include non-state actors in the monitoring and implementation of the SDGs.

"This is because many of the goals require data that is properly collected and meets universal standards from non traditional actors," Kiunjuri said.

The CS noted that the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs require enormous data using complex data collection methodologies and therefore the government has embarked on the development of the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS).

He added that the SDGs are a culmination of concerted efforts by a broad spectrum of stakeholders to alleviate poverty, preserve our planet and ensure peaceful co-existence among all people.

"As a country, these tenets align quite well with our national development blueprint Vision 2030," he said. He added that advances in technology over the past decade has increased the speed of generation of data.

"In fact, what countries are now grappling with is how to leverage on this volume of data that is held by a variety of both private and public institutions," he said.

- Xinhua


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