February 2018: The Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) Secretariat arranged to visit three of its East African member countries in February 2018 including Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya. As per the current GDSA Secretariat work plan (presented and agreed to with the Focal Points during the October 2017 Focal Points Meeting) and aligned with the Maun Ministers’ Statement (October 2017), the Secretariat undertook these trips to re-engage with the member countries and understand their priorities in terms of implementing the Declaration.
As such, the objectives of the trip were to engage on issues such as resource mobilization and joint program implementation opportunities. In addition, the trips were designed to ensure action on key points of the Maun Statement.
During the trips, the GDSA Secretariat succeeded in meeting the countries' Focal Points as well as their colleagues from a range of ministries and agencies. In Uganda, the Secretariat also met with the Minister of Water and Environment as well. When possible, the Secretariat worked to meet with non-government actors as well, including potential donors and civil society.
A report has been produced and summarizes the key meetings held in each of the three countries along with the next steps agreed to with those member countries. This report can be accessed here.