National Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Ukur Yattani has today launched the second Voluntary National Review which assesses and presents the progress made in achieving the global goal, and the pledge to leave no one behind. According to the CS, since the adoption of the agenda in 2015, 120 reviews have been made at the high level political forum. Kenya is among the 22 second time presenters and will be presenting its report on 13 July. “Kenya has made progress between 2017and 2019 in SDG 3 on health, SDG 4 on education, SDG 6 on provision of clean water and sanitation and SDG 11 in ensuring sustainable cities,” said Yattani. He further added that the government continues to implement social protection programs across the country to ensure all Kenyans live in dignity and explore their human resource capability for social and economic development.
According to the CS, Kenya is undertaking measures to promote sustainable cities and human settlement. Measures in place include formulation and review of various policies and regulations including amendment of the urban areas and cities act by the parliament in 2017. “All county government have adopted and implemented local disaster risk regulation disaster strategies in line with the national disaster risk reduction strategies.” Other measures include protection, restoration, and promotion of sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystem, sustainable management of forests, combating desertification, and halting and reversing land degradation. “Kenya embarked on afforestation program where the forest area has a proportion of total area increased from 7.2 per cent in 2016 to 7.2 per cent in 2018.”
Yattani now argues that a number of goals and indicators need to be fast-tracked as they are still lagging behind. “They include poverty reduction, reduction in maternal mortality, Malaria, and non-communicable diseases, unemployment, gender-related indicators, environmental degradation among others,” stated the CS. He further added that; “Kenya is focusing on building the capacity of the Kenya Revenue Authority to increase tax and GDP ratio, an integrated national financing network whose effectiveness in development ratio and matching plans, strategies, and resources is also in place.” The key challenges to the implementation of SDGs in Kenya include inadequate funding, inadequate timely and disaggregated data, and inadequate capacity.