UNDP convenes a workshop on the role of civil society and non-state actors in supporting the achievement of SDGs in Eritrea

Dec 7, 2016

Participants in a group discussion session. Photo: ©UNDPEritrea/Mwaniki

The National Confederation of Eritrean Workers (NCEW) in collaboration with UNDP held a one-day sensitization workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The workshop was held on December 7, 2016 at NCEW and was attended by participants from various institutions that form the non-state actors and civil society and the UN staff.

The UN and the Government of the State of Eritrea (GoSE) recently launched the Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework (SPCF) 2017-2021 which is aligned to the SDGs. Many participants at the workshop recognized the importance of aligning their work to the 2030 development agenda.

In her opening remarks, UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Christine N. Umutoni said that the eight outcomes of the SPCF are directly linked to the 17 SDG goals. Further Ms. Umutoni noted that SDGs and the African Union agenda 2063 are key international frameworks the Government and the people of the State of Eritrea can leverage, to achieve their national development aspirations.

Mr. Tekeste Baire, NCEW Secretary General also welcomed the participants and emphasized on the importance of the workshop. “It is important to seriously deliberate on the issues that will be discussed in this workshop as it will help articulate the way forward in our collaboration as non-state actors and civil society.” He also noted that through partnership with the Government and the UN system, the civil society has been playing a key role in economic development and social justice.

Dr. Frederick Mugisha, UNDP Economics Advisor for Eritrea and South Sudan, led the participants in a series of exercises aimed at mapping out how the civil society and non-state actors will support the achievement of SDGs in Eritrea. In one of the exercises, they linked the SDGs to the SPCF outcomes and how these link to national priorities.

Participants identified actions and it was recommended that continuous engagement on SDGs between the UN and the civil society and non-state actors will be necessary in the coming years. The SDGs have taken an inclusive approach and it calls for more awareness raising and localization of the global goals.