If anyone is claiming to serve the people and the future, here is an area to focus on. Since the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals Committee, these goals have become a very clear and informed discussion with the involvement of all institutions. We hope the Sustainable Development Goals become a guideline for the Afghan government for the sake of community health and stability in Afghanistan and living in dignity and peace without conflict. These goals will not be achievable if they remain at the level of a slogan and reporting. Sustainable Development Goals are not just about economic issues, but about issues such as gender equality, environmental issues and social needs. Sustainable Development Goals are our national priorities and our national priorities are in line with Sustainable Development Goals. Localization, budgeting and adapting it to national programs are our main concerns.
Resources should be dedicated based on the current situation of the country and its limitations. The sequencing of SDGs responds to the comprehensive nature of the 2030 Agenda, but it also recognizes that Afghanistan has limited resources to achieve all the goals simultaneously. Through research, universities can help other sectors in prioritization and sequencing of the resources while being mindful of Afghanistan’s financial constraints. Plans designed to advance Sustainable Development Goals must be fully operational, flexible, and inclusive with informed research, decision, and policy. Part of this can be done by academic and research institutes. At the global level, there is the issue of climate discrimination. The indiscriminate approach of advanced nations to climate issues has left a heavy cost on poor countries. Sustainable Development Goals must be transformed into people everyday discussion.
The SDGs conference would create coordination among government and private sectors to support Afghanistan as it prepares for possible peace in the near future. Universities reinforce and underlie the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals through research and training. To realize Sustainable Development Goals and establish a national framework, we need active cooperation of government, private sectors and civil society to provide financial assistance and mobilize universities from domestic and international sources in accordance.
Kateb University has already made important contributions to the achievement of the SDGs through their current actions in different areas. It has played a leading role in the implementation of the SDGs by holding SDGs conference to strengthen public engagement and participation in addressing the SDGs.
The 16-member delegation held numerous meetings with all relevant institutions during the period in Kabul. Since the beginning of these meetings, we have been conducting initial surveys and collaborating with other partners in the Ministry of Economy to develop the macroeconomic model based on Sustainable Development Goals. The purpose of this economic model is to analyze the country’s policies to enable the Council of Ministers and the Cabinet to make evidence-based decisions in prioritizing selected sources.
Sustainable Development Goals as a multi-purpose strategy provides the only platform for public participation at various levels in cities and provinces. It should also be remembered that the SDGs agenda will not only enable sharing the experiences and programs of the countries that have been successful in achieving sustainable goals, it will also help developed countries to mobilize their resources through long-term cooperation with under-developed and developing countries.
In conclusion, universities can play an important role in creating an appropriate environment for research, surveillance, advisory and public awareness especially the educated members of the society.
As the chief guest of the event, H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan addressed the participants with his speech in which we talked about the Important of prioritizing the SDGs for Afghanistan and the importance of the conference.
“Kateb University has already made important contributions to the achievement of the SDGs through their current actions in different areas. It has played a leading role in the implementation of the SDGs by holding SDGs conference to strengthen public engagement and participation in addressing the SDGs.”
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