The forum provides space for a more structured and coordinated CSO engagement with government to share concrete suggestions for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and strategies for involving the media, academia private sector and citizen mobilization.
Civil society organizations in Kenya are exploring opportunities and taking lead in demonstrating how the SDGs Kenya Forum can be a model for other countries, with clear guiding operational principles to foster ownership of the SDGs Implementation process nationally. This will further be a platform to strengthen the capacities of civil society groups working at the county level to engage communities to progressively embrace the new development priorities. This provides a platform for civil society to intensify efforts and to strengthen ongoing initiatives and development frameworks being implemented by the Kenyan government.We are in a critical period and an opportune time that can be leveraged to advance sustainable development across the East African Community. The Forum recognizes that the implementation of African Union’s Agenda 2063 and national blueprints (Kenya Vision 2030) provide a foundation to further accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development (SDGs). Members of the forum have engaged in advocacy with national government and have been part of national multi stakeholder forums. This engagement has influenced global consultations and enabled them establish strategic relationships with entities at the global level such as African Group Missions in New York. The SDGS Kenya forum intends to serve as knowledge management and peer resource platform for CSOs and also work with government during implementation of the SDGs. In this regard, the forum is best placed to spearhead coordinated CSOs engagement.