UN upbeat on Nigeria’s SDGs target

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

By Isaac Aregbesola

The UN has expressed confidence that Nigeria would meet the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) target of poverty eradication by 2030.

Ms Angele Dikongue-Atangana, the acting UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, stated this on Monday in Abuja at the celebration of 71 anniversary of United Nations.

Dikongue-Atangana recalled that member states had in 2015 agreed to the 2030 Development Agenda and the 17 SDGs published to guide stakeholders in global development

The UN envoy said that the determination of Nigeria to implement that Agenda was very clear.

She stressed that President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed commitment to work toward achieving the goal in Nigeria at the UN Summit in New York.

According to her, there are clear institutional arrangements being put in place to enable Nigeria meet the target.

“Many have asked the question whether Nigeria can meet the SDGs. The answer is yes.

“Nigeria has the human and material resources available to drive this movement toward building a better country, if we work together.

“We have to remove millions of our people from poverty; ensure access to foods, good health care, education and general access to their human rights.

“We ensure that the economy grows in such a way that jobs are created; and that inequalities are reduced between the haves and have-nots.

“We will work to promote good governance, justice and peace,” she said.

According to her, work is going on how to implement the 17 SDGs.
“What is needed is better focus and building the momentum to move faster and deliver results for the Nigerian people,’’she said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama,   said that Nigeria was of the view that the attainment of the targets of the SDGs would largely depend on global solidarity.

Onyeama stated that the attainment would also depend on cooperation and good governance within each country and at the international level.

“Nigeria recognises the central role of the UN in advancing universal achievement of the Sustainable Development Agenda, particularly in developing countries,” he said.

He urged all member states to refrain from taking unilateral coercive, economic, financial and trade actions that could impede the full implementation and benefits of SGDs, particularly in the African continent.


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