#InPrint: United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework

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The United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF- 2018-2022) is a 76 paged document that outlines the strategic direction and results expected from the cooperation between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the UN System in Nigeria.

It is said to serve as a collective support and response of the UN system to the national development initiatives of the Government regarding the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), Africa Union Agenda 2063 and other internationally agreed declarations. An estimated $4.2 billion will be required over the five-year programme cycle.

The framework is built on several principles which includes the UN programming principles. Such principles include: effective partnerships, human rights, inclusive development, gender equality and women empowerment, sustainable development, resilience and accountability.

The efforts to formulate the UNSDPF from rigorous and inclusive county analytics through the Joint Common County Analysis (CCA); and drawing lessons and experiences from MDGs is quite commendable.

The strategic priority results area identified and elaborated as major areas of this framework are:

  1. Governance, human rights, Peace and Security
  2. Equitable and Quality Basic services
  3. Sustainable and Inclusive Economic growth and Development.

From the document, it is believed that the United Agencies, will work in close collaboration with and under the guidance of the Federal and State Governments to implement the programmes and projects under the UNSDPF.

Some of coordination mechanism to be employed includes the  “DAO” ( Delivering as One) mechanism and coordination mechanisms of the Government.

Part of the internal risks shared includes insufficient resources which may lead to the failure of the UN agencies to meet their commitments; as well as external risks such as sudden change in the global political scene, instability in the prices of crude, and world economic order. All of which may also be a drawback to achieving this framework.

The proposed Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) mechanisms is founded on the endorsed 17 SDGs which is quite laudable. However, in a situation where the 17 SDGs fail to have a strong foot-hold in Nigeria due to inability to attain the goal as seen from the data shared on the document, what would be the fate of the UNSDPF?

Date published: July, 2017

Publisher: Office of the UN Resident Coordinator – Nigeria

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