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
"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,"
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
"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.