He was joining his counterpart President Edgar Lungu of Zambia for the launch that took place at the Mulungushi Conference Centre.
President Kagame expressed delight to be in Lusaka for the launch of the SDG Centre’s Sub-Regional Centre for Southern Africa.
He said it was a special occasion because it is the first Sub-Regional Centre to open its doors made possible by the leadership and commitment of President Lungu and the Government of Zambia.
“Speaking on behalf of the SDG Centre for Africa Board, I wish to express our gratitude for the speed with which Zambia followed through on its pledges. We also appreciate the outstanding quality of the facilities that have been provided. This center has all the conditions needed to succeed in its mission,” revealed Kagame.
Kagame stressed that the SDGs, just like the African Union’s Agenda 2063, are detailed blueprints ‘for delivering our people the future they deserve’ and requires good policy-making, as well as reliable national data systems to track progress toward the targets.
“The role of the SDG Centre for Africa is to support governments in this endeavor, especially by providing technical advice on upgrading statistical capacity, as well as relevant policy research and analysis, tailored to the circumstances of each country,” he highlighted.
“It is up to us in government, the private sector and in civil society to make the most of this resource. Time is of the essence. 2030 is only a decade away, and our continent is not on track to meet the targets,” added Kagame.
He noted that the SDG agenda is meaningful for Africans whereby the ambitious goals represent real, tangible progress in the well-being of people with improvements to health, economic opportunity, gender parity, and environmental protection among others.
Kagame said that the next SDG S Summit scheduled next month will assess progress and renew global determination to do what it takes to achieve the goals where the United Nations and the African Union Importantly are going to be working even more closely together.
“The launch of this Sub-Regional Centre is therefore very timely, and I hope other regions of our continent will follow suit. Indeed, Liberia has already committed to hosting the West Africa center,” he highlighted.