High level meeting on the Kenya SDG Partnership Platform

17 Sep 2017
High level meeting on the Kenya SDG Partnership Platform

The Governments of Kenya, the Netherlands and the UN hosted a high-level lunch dialogue on accelerating access to primary care through public-private partnerships in order to progress towards Universal Health Coverage, and the attainment of SDG 3 and related targets in Kenya.

At the UNGA last year, the Government of Kenya and the UN decided to establish an SDG Partnership Platform in Kenya that would demonstrate the power of SDG partnerships and help identify bold transformative ways for accelerating universal access to primary care. Since then, great progress has been made in establishing this Platform and a Multi-Partner Trust Fund has been set-up to support the initiative. The event updated participants on the progress made, and discussed how to support Kenya in making the SDG Partnership Platform a ground-breaking success. It also showcased the initiative for potential replication globally to achieve the SDGs. 

The meeting was attended by Her Excellency Ambassador (Dr.) Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya, Mr. Karel J.G. van Oosterom, Netherlands Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mr. Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, Mr. Ronald de Jong, Philips Executive Committee Member, Mr. Michel Sidibe Executive Director of UNAIDs, Dr. Natalia Kanem Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Githinji Gitahi the CEO of Amref Africa, the UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya, Siddharth Chatterjee and Ms. Jennifer Topping, MPTF Office Executive Coordinator along with global leaders from the UN, private sector, government, international institutions, philanthropy and civil society.

During the event, Philips committed USD 750,000 by signing the first contribution agreement to the Fund.

Her Excellency Ambassador (Dr.) Amina Mohamed has featured the event in an article in the Huffington Post, showing the strong government ownership and buy-in for the initiative.

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