A key challenge hindering the achievement of the SDGs in Afghanistan is the lack of institutional awareness about Agenda 2030. In order to maximize awareness across educational organizations, research institutes and civil society, we propose the publication of a quarterly policy research journal to update the public on the SDG developments in the country.
SDSN Afghanistan will create guides for different sectors to support and direct their actions towards achieving the SDGs. We will start by reviewing and refining previously developed guides. SDSN Afghanistan will create a platform for sectoral and cross-sectoral dialogues that will inform them of their roles and attract their commitment to contribute to A-SDGs. As part of this dialogue, we aim to conduct A-SDGs Solutions Forum, a conference on the Role of Universities in Achieving the SDGs, and a regional forum. These events will be held annually with the aim of providing technical support through engagement – to explore best practices, lessons learnt, platforms for experience sharing and future actions.
Community awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals is extremely low. To address this, we aim to launch a nationwide media campaign targeted at Afghans of all walks of life. The content for the campaign will be taken from the SDG metadata repertoire which will be translated into local languages. The campaign will cover all owned, paid and earned media as well as the community-based workshops and seminars. Such media campaigns are aimed at raising the general awareness of people on SDGs, promote a culture of sustainable lifestyle within communities, and encourage people to play their part in achieving A-SDGs. Some rural communities in Afghanistan have switched from fuel energy to solar energy for their electricity production. The proposed media campaigns will, among others, celebrate and use such good cases to encourage other communities to adopt sustainable lifestyles.