FG To Engage Corps Members In Implementation of SDGs 2030

Corps Members: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun (A File Photo)

 

Nigeria will engage the services of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members across the country and 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Ambassadors to champion the implementation of SDGs 2030 at the grassroots.

President Muhammadu Buhari said this on Friday at the virtual inaugural SDGs Moment, convened by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during the high-level week of the 75th UN General Assembly.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President, Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, the president in his video message to the meeting, provided an update on the progress of the SDGs in the country, setting out Nigeria’s vision for the next decade in fighting poverty, combating illicit financial flows and ensuring economic recovery amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our National Assembly has established Committees on Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

“The National Youth Service Corps Scheme is also ensuring that Nigerian graduates actively participate in SDG implementation processes by serving as SDG champions at the grassroots.

“Going forward, we will invigorate the goal achievement process at the grassroots by engaging the services of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals Ambassadors we appointed to support our efforts at the national level.

“We will also encourage more sub-national authorities to appoint and train SDGs Champions,” he said.

Re-affirming Nigeria’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other Internationally Agreed Development Goals, President Buhari told the meeting that anti-corruption institutions have been strengthened to enable the administration effectively combat illicit financial flows and recover proceeds.

Acknowledging that the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic had threatened to derail the progress in achieving SDGs, the President said Nigeria is addressing the threat by re-dedicating efforts towards economic diversification, focusing on agriculture and the mining sectors.

According to him: “Nigeria has made good strides in SDGs domestication processes, as we have commenced the re-alignment of the National Statistical System with the requirements and indicators of the SDGs.

”We have developed a novel home-grown ‘Integrated Sustainable Development Goals Model, as an analytical framework for assessing how policy-making can better address the indivisible nature of the Sustainable Development Goals.

”Nigeria has also set up a Model Private Sector Advisory Group and an SDGs Donors’ Forum with a view to engaging critical stakeholders towards the attainment of the SDGs”.

The President recalled that Nigeria presented its second Voluntary National Review on SDGs to the UN High-Level Political Forum in July 2020.

According to the President, ”the second Voluntary National Review highlighted our efforts to meet SDGs targets on the critical issues of poverty and an inclusive economy; health and well-being; education and gender equality; enabling environment of peace and security; and partnerships.”

He noted that these targets were based on current development priorities, as captured in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (2017-2020), as well as the Medium Term National Development Plan (2020-2025).

President Buahri also used the occasion of his address to pledge Nigeria’s commitment to mainstreaming the SDGs into subsequent development plans.

Setting out Nigeria’s vision for the Decade of Action, the President pledged that the country will implement unique initiatives such as the re-aligned National Statistical System to effectively track and monitor the implementation of the SDGs on annual basis.

”The Nigeria Integrated SDG simulation Model to support the domestication of the Planning Model across the 36 states; the Integrated National Financing Frameworks for SDGs; the scaled-up National Social Investment Programme to reach more poor and vulnerable Nigerians in line with our commitment to lift 100 Million people out of Poverty within a 10-year period; and the engaging of all segments of the society for the achievement of the SDGs,” the Nigerian leader said.

Poverty Has Increased Globally Due To COVID-19 – Gates Foundation

In this file photo, Bill and Melinda Gates are having a discussion with a man and a woman. Photo: Twitter- @gatesfoundation

 

The Bill & Melinda Gates says following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, poverty has increased globally.

The foundation also revealed that due to the pandemic 20 years of progress towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) have been stalled.

This was revealed in a statement issued in Seattle, Washington by the Foundation in its annual Goalkeepers Report.

The report “shows that by nearly every indicator, the world has regressed. Because of COVID-19, extreme poverty has increased by 7%. Vaccine coverage, a good proxy measure for how health systems are functioning, is dropping to levels last seen in the 1990s, setting the world back about 25 years in 25 weeks.

“Economic damage from COVID-19 is reinforcing inequalities. The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women, racial and ethnic minority communities, and people living in extreme poverty,” the statement read in part.

It also revealed that around the world, women are facing an increased burden from rising demands in total unpaid care work and experiencing the majority of job losses.

Despite these projections, Bill and Melinda Gates however describe a path to ending the pandemic and resuming progress toward the Global Goals.

In the report, which they co-author every year, they call on the world to collaborate on the development of diagnostics, vaccines, and treatment; manufacture tests and doses as quickly as possible, and deliver these tools equitably based on need rather than the ability to pay.

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“The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us some of the best of humanity: pathbreaking innovation, heroic acts by frontline workers, and ordinary people doing the best they can for their families, neighbours, and communities. This is a shared global crisis that demands a shared global response.”

The report said further that no single country will be able to meet this challenge alone.

Any attempts by one country to protect itself while neglecting others will only prolong the hardships caused by the pandemic.

Developing and manufacturing vaccines will not end the pandemic quickly unless they are delivered equitably.

According to modeling from Northeastern University, if rich countries buy up the first 2 billion doses of vaccine instead of making sure they are distributed equitably, then almost twice as many people could die from COVID-19.

The International Monetary Fund projects that, despite the US$18 trillion already spent to stimulate economies around the world, the global economy will lose US$12 trillion or more by the end of 2021—the biggest global GDP loss since the end of World War II.

In some countries, spending on emergency stimulus and social protection has prevented worse outcomes. But there are inherent limits to what low- and middle-income countries can do to safeguard their economies, regardless of how effectively those economies have been managed.

Bill and Melinda Gates believe COVID-19 is a true test for the global community.

“One of the most troubling things about this pandemic is that by disrupting health systems and the global economy, it’s starting to erase the progress people have made toward living healthier, more productive lives,” said Melinda Gates.

There report also highlights the actions which the world can take to turn things around.

Sustainable Development Goals: Channels TV, UNDP Sign MoU

 

A team of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) officials on Monday visited the Channels Television Corporate Headquarters in Lagos.

Led by the UNDP resident representative in Nigeria, Mohammed Yahya, the group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Channels Television as part of efforts towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UNDP officials were received by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Channels Media Group, John Momoh, as well as some management staff of the Channels Television.

Yahya during the signing applauded the strides made by Channels Television, saying the partnership will go a long way in helping to achieve the set objectives.

“Once I arrived here, one of the things I said was how do we work closely with Channels to discuss some of the country’s challenges.

“You have a fantastic platform, a respectable platform and it is something that we thought is the right place for such partnership,” he said.

On his part, Mr Momoh said the new agreement strengthens the existing relationship with the United Nations.

“We are very delighted with the relationship we have working with the UN trying to see that the SDGs are also brought to the fore in what we do in Channels.

“This is a further cementing of the relationship that we have with you and I am really delighted to receive you, here in Channels today,” Mr. Momoh said.

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address global challenges including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice.

Education Minister Warns Against Poor Quality Of SDGs Projects

Education Minister Warns Against Poor Delivery Of SDGs Projects

Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, has warned relevant authorities in the education sector to ensure that projects meant to drive the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and programmes are timely delivered with high quality.

Professor Anwukah, who gave the warning in a statement on Wednesday, also said sub-standard work and or projects abandonment would not be tolerated.

He was speaking when he declared open a three-day meeting on ‘Implementation status of the Sustainable Development Goal 4’, which focuses on life-long learning opportunities for Nigerians in every part of the country.

The Minister said Debt Relief Gains (DRG) was no longer available for the SDGs projects and programmes except funds from capital allocation, stressing the need to be prudent in expenditure and liabilities for improved budget performances.

He also announced the establishment of a Presidential Council on SDGs which he said presents the opportunity for a seamless coordination, mobilisation, as well as effective oversight of overall implementation of SDGs in Nigeria.

The minister further hinted that the Universal Basic Education (UBEC) has re-introduced the Federal Teachers’ Scheme (FTS) as one of the flagship intervention of the government and a major highlight of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) endpoint report.

Earlier in a welcome address, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Sonny Echono, urged various actors to play their part in the overall interest of the education sector.

He was, however, hopeful that strict adherence to implementation of the SDG 4 programmes would lead to a major leap in addressing challenges in the sector.

Other speakers at the meeting also pledged their continued support for programmes aimed at achieving SDG 4 in the country.

They include a senior education specialist at the UNESCO office in Nigeria, Dr Saidou Jallow; as well as representatives of the Director General of the National Orientation Agency and Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs among others.

El-Rufai Lauds Amina Mohammed’s UN Appointment

El-Rufai Lauds Amina Mohammed’s UN AppointmentKaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has commended the appointment of Amina Mohammed as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The Governor, in a congratulatory message he issued on Sunday through his Spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, described Mrs Mohammed’s appointment as an excellent choice.

The Governor said that the appointment of the Minister of Environment as UN Deputy Secretary General,  is due to  “her honourable service to Nigeria and her substantial contribution to efforts to empower people and safeguard the planet.

“Just one year as Environment Minister, she has put environmental issues on the front burner of Nigeria’s political discourse.

“She has undoubtedly earned the trust and respect of not just Nigerians but environmentalists the world over.

“At the core of Amina’s work and passion is the welfare and right of citizens to peace and security wherever they may be.

“She addressed those challenges while serving in the government of President Obasanjo, then as Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General, Ban ki Moon and recently as Minister under President Buhari.

“As a global ambassador, she now gets to display her phenomenal skills on a world stage. Nigeria’s temporary loss is the world’s gain.

“President Buhari has made a great sacrifice in releasing Amina from the federal cabinet for service at the global level.

“Her appointment is a tribute to the President’s judgment in recruiting such a globally-respected personality.”

Governor El-Rufai urged Mrs. Mohammed to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in her new role, stating that he had no doubt that Amina Mohammed would continue to make Nigeria proud at the global level.

“Her tenacity and the passion she applied to secure global agreement on the SDGs will be required to get them implemented,” he added.