SDGs Implementations Highlighted As JPC/CARITAS Ends Social Accountability Workshop

The Justice and Peace Commission in collaboration with Caritas Gbarnga have concluded a day-long training workshop with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) including the media in localizing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. It seeks to address global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, economic prosperity, insecurity, injustices, among others.

On January 1, 2016, leaders across the world at a historic UN Summit, adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries across the world will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

The SDGs are built on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and are aimed to go further by ending all forms of poverty.

Giving an overview of the workshop which brought together over 25 participants, Justice and Peace Commission Regional Coordinator for Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties, Jesse Cole stated that the purpose of the training is to help CSOs and CBOs in localizing the Sustainable Development Goals.

He wants the participants to be agents of accountability in order to ensure the SDGs are achievable within its specified period (2030).

For his part, Caritas Gbarnga-Director, Anthony Benedict Roberts called on CSOs and CBOs institutions to constructively engage national government in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs.

He said if both the CSOs and the CBOs are to achieve the implementation of the SDGs, it will require their collective motivation they give each other and jointly holds government feet to the fire as it relates to projecting social accountability to the vast majority of the country’s population.

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