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SDG Domestication and translation named finalist of the first ever United Nations SDG Action Awards.


SDG Domestication and translation was announced as a finalist of the United Nations SDG Action Awards in the category INCLUDER. The Awards recognize the most outstanding and innovative efforts to inspire action on the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of goals adopted by countries to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.


The Awards powered by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign. Winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony on 21 March 2018, during the second edition of the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development, the world’s annual gathering to catalyze action for the SDGs, happening in Bonn, Germany (21-23 March 2018). For more information on the Awards, go to www.sdg.ac/awards.








Our initiative under the Great Lakes Peace Center seeks to address the problem of marginalized groups of people both in school and out of school and those groups of people who have low levels of education or not educated at all to be able to understand the Global Goals in their own languages so that they can ably advocate for themselves to have lower local government plans aligned to the Vision 2030. In my community (Rwenzori region, Western Uganda) there has not been such efforts before because people including local government leaders (decision makers) have limited or no knowledge of the Sustainable development goals.


“The challenges we are facing are huge, but through this first edition we have we seen once again, that there are many people, businesses, organisations and governments creating positive change and having outstanding impact in their communities”, says Mitchell Toomey, Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign.


“We need to showcase and celebrate these bold and creative change-makers, learn from them and connect them to ensure they can scale and inspire others. In this first year of the UN SDG Action Awards, we have had outstanding competition and all should be immensely proud of what they have achieved”, added Toomey.


The Awards draw attention to the need to learn from change-makers from across the globe and celebrate the most impactful and innovative achievements contributing to the global sustainable development movement.


The first edition received over 740 nominations from 7 continents and 125 countries, ranging from Zambia to Fiji, from Benin to Norway, from civil society and grassroots initiatives to public sector and municipal government projects, as well as private sector engagements. Finalists are being carefully reviewed by 12 prominent figures within the global SDG community.


The Awards recognize initiatives in seven categories: mobilizer, includer, communicator, visualizer, innovator, storyteller and connector.


Our initiative under the Great Lakes Peace Center seeks to address the problem of marginalized groups of people both in school and out of school and those groups of people who have low levels of education or not educated at all to be able to understand the Global Goals in their own languages so that they can ably advocate for themselves to have lower local government plans aligned to the Vision 2030. In my community (Rwenzori region, Western Uganda) there has not been such efforts before because people including local government leaders (decision makers) have limited or no knowledge of the Sustainable development goals.









The initiative has created awareness of the goals and there core indicatorsraised numerous discussions on what is being done to align the local development plans to the global vision. Through the involvement of Youth Councils to present and demand for actions and over 1000 Youth in communities in especially area of the following Goals; Gender mainstreaming, climate action, quality education and Peace and justice, there has been tremendous and commendable work done by local authorities to include these particular goals in planning so far. Musoki Evelyn a Child mother/school dropout was brought on board among other hundreds of young girls and boys during a Girl child function we carried out in collaboration with the Gender and Community development department of our Municipality during the 16 days of activism against gender based violence in December 2017. “I feel accepted and I promise to go back to school after my child has stopped breast feeding” Said Evelyn with a humorous face. We attribute these efforts to our SDGs advocacy that made it possible for the Gender department to hold/ sponsor the event even when it was never in their annual plans and budgets.


The initiative will continue to build dialogue at local levels to involve as many young people as possible as they form a big electoral majority. This will bring in a new breed of leaders that are able to address development at global trends. Schools are to be used to build a knowledge base and generate discussions at inter school level presided over by local leaders to be able to influence their decisions pertaining the goals. This shall eventually involve the sub national government level as plans will be moving upwards for possible funding from national level.


We are primarily addressing; Gender Equality, No Poverty, Quality Education, Climate Action, Peace and Justice and Partnership for the Goals

 

 


ABOUT THE GLOBAL FESTIVAL OF ACTION


The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is the world´s annual event to celebrate, empower, and connect the global community driving Action for the Sustainable Development Goals. Organised by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Festival connects an inspiring mix of business leaders, activists, UN representatives, academia, governments, innovators, global organisations, and the media from across the globe. Taking place in Bonn each year, the Festival provides a dynamic and interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools and approaches to SDG action and connect organizations and individuals from different sectors and regions to exchange, build partnerships, and make the impact of their solutions scale.



 



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