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The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has joined partners to review the Second Progress Report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation.

PACJA, which is the Lead in SDG 13, with its Kenyan Platform on Climate Governance (KPCG) being a Lead in Goal 7, sent representatives to the meeting attended by several Civil Society Organisations in Nairobi on June 19th 2019.

Kenya Civil Society Organisation (CSO) report 2019 is part of the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process that countries committed to during the adoption of the Agenda 2030. This year’s biennial national progress report aims to help Kenya track its progress in achieving Agenda 2030, promote accountability and exchange best practices.

The SDGs Kenya Forum, in its capacity as a strengthening platform and convener for SDGs Implementation, Monitoring and Review among CSOs, convened the goal group leads elected during its (the Forum’s) Annual General Assembly in January 2019. The VNR guideline workshop took place on Friday, 15th February 2019, at ibis Hotel in Nairobi.

The half-day workshop helped prepare civil society organisations to compile their contributions for the 2019 Status report that will be incorporated into the national report Kenya is preparing officially for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2019.

Although Kenya will not be formally presenting a VNR at the HLPF this year, the interagency committee on SDGs Implementation passed a resolution for countries to regularly monitor, review and compile a progress report every two years.

The Goal Group leads convened members and submitted Goal reports as presented by members.

The secretariat, in partnership with Development Initiatives (the forum fiscal host) compiled the consolidated draft report, which will be presented for validation by members.

In March 2019, the forum commissioned a baseline survey to assess the extent to which gender, women and girls empowerment has been integrated in development processes in Kenya. The survey is part of a grant from the Gates Foundation, to strengthen the coordination of SDGs 5 goal group and design a model that can be borrowed by the other16 goal groups.

The forum, therefore, presented the results of the study and got the members’ inputs.

The meeting today aims to present to participants the overall findings of the CSOs consolidated progress report for validation and additional reviews to enable finalisation of the report by end of June 2019.

It also aims to present the draft Goal 5 baseline survey for input to enable finalisation.

The event was at Royal Azure Hotel, Lantana Hotel, Westlands in Nairobi.

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