SDGs to address socio-economic and environmental issues in Nigeria – UN
By SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri –
The Director of the United Nations Information Center (UNIC), Dr. Ronald D. Kayanja, said that with the renewed efforts of the Federal Government’s collaboration with UNIC in Nigeria, by 2030, three major dimensions social, economic and environmental poverty, hunger and maternal mortality rate will be improved and reduced to the nearest minimum if not eradicated.
He also added that the quality of children’s education will be improved and will also ensure gender equality, empowerment of women and girls.
Dr Kayanja said this during a two-day training workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) organized for journalists in Borno State by UNIC and the Information and Awareness Center media (MAIN).
He noted that one of the goals of the SDGs is also to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water by 2030.
According to him, by 2030, the SDG agendas will ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services, promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, industrialization, innovations and job opportunities.
The Director noted that it was expected that there would be a reduction in inequalities within and between the community of nations.
According to him, the SDGs will also implement a 10-year framework of programs on sustainable consumption and production, build resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change and related risks and natural disasters while significantly preventing the reduction of marine pollution of all kinds, especially of land-based origin. activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.
Dr Kayanja also stressed that the 2020 Agenda will ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services in places like forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands in accordance with international agreement obligations while reducing all drums. of violence and associated death rates around the world to promote a peaceful and inclusive society for sustainable development.
He noted that the Agenda will also strengthen the means of implementation and revitalization of the global partnership for sustainable development.
For his part, a resource person, Dr. Bala Yunusa, who is the SSA’s Senior Technical Advisor to the President on the SDGs, dwelt on the baseline of the SDGs, the achievements and challenges of the 169 targets as well as as on partnerships with local and international actors. agencies, governments and the private sector.
Dr. Bala explained that Nigeria has benefited from both the MDGs and the SDGs at a remarkable ratio as recorded by the monitoring and evaluation indicators of the statistical targets and goals, especially over the past 5 years. and the next 5 years projected.
He also disclosed that the SDGs activities have been written and published in three major languages of Nigeria out of the 371 languages of Nigeria due to budget limitations, while noting that most of the information on the SDGs is technical as a lot of statistical data and ratios are. involved in the evaluation process.