Gulu University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Openjuru George Ladaah calls for Strategic Partnership with the United Nations Agencies in Uganda to support Community TransformationWensi MUJUNANTE
Gulu University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Openjuru George Ladaah has on the 23rd of October 2023 appealed to the United Nations Agencies in Uganda for strategic partnership and collaborations in various areas that would support the Community Transformational Agenda of the University.
The Vice-Chancellor was speaking during the opening and closing of the ‘Leave No One Behind ‘themed Sustainable Development Goals Dialogue (SDGs) Organized by Gulu University and the UN Bodies at the University New Library.
Prof.Openjuru said the University is very interested in working together with the UN bodies in areas of Smart Climate Agriculture, the Energy Sector, Migration, and Refugees among others.
He added that there is a need for every entity concerned with SDGs to consider strengthening and focusing on the issues of inclusive economic growth, international cooperation and partnership, and supporting alternative energy sources as a way of making sure there is success on all the seventeen SDGs.
Obol David Otori, the Gulu University Secretary made a declaration of commitment for Gulu University saying that the University stands with the UN in implementing all the SDGs as they were discussed in the dialogue.
According to the University Secretary, the Motto’ for Community Transformation’ agrees with the theme of the dialogue completely.
“We are also currently reviewing entering into a partnership with ONE-MTN on reducing carbon in the atmosphere “. The University Secretary submitted.
He added that the current budget the university is implementing is embedded in the National Development Plan III (NPDIII) which was derived purely using the SDGs approach however promised to particularly make another vivid framework the university would use to track its progress on implementation of the SDGs.
Ms. Susan Ngongi Namondo The UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda thanked Gulu University for hosting the SDGs dialogue and told the members of the public to take an interest in knowing the history of the UN.
She said there is more to be done to ensure the SDGs are fully implemented to create sustainable development in the world.
“This dialogue has met my expectations of having it in a university setting since clearly you could hear all questions and evaluate yourself on SDGs performance”. Said Ms. Susan.
This was also part of the pre-events for the commemoration of the 78th anniversary of the United Nations Day for Uganda in Gulu. The United Nations reported that the spirit of ‘Leaving No one behind’ and popularizing the SDGs at the grassroots level accounts for why the national celebration is coming to Gulu City.