Like a mother who has been pregnant for the past 9 months, what have we delivered so far since the SDGs have been adopted?
Member states of the United Nations formally adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on September 25, 2015.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with 169 targets ranging from ending poverty and hunger to reducing inequality both within and between countries, from better governance and peaceful societies to action on climate change, ecosystem restoration, and a big shift towards sustainable consumption and production, came into effect on January 1, 2016.
The goals are intended to guide priorities to both developing and developed countries for the next 15 years considering the ever increasing challenges of poverty, health, education, gender issues and other global problems. The governments that adopted the SDGs have in principle, taken responsibility for full implementation at the various country levels.
Each member state is expected to continue widespread consultation through action-oriented dialogues with all stakeholders to determine country specific priorities, develop a plan of action, key performance indicators and appropriate frameworks for monitoring and evaluation.
This brings us back to the question, 9 months after, what next?
Several conversations have emerged on practical ways to ensure these goals move from just the big buzz of the adoption ceremony into action and tangible impact on the world’s citizens.
The seventh edition of Sustainable Conversations ™, in partnership with Etisalat Nigeria, held at the Benue Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja Nigeria on Thursday, January 28, 2016 with the theme, ‘#SDGs: Fast-tracking targets through Technology and Education.’ It brought together decision makers from various sectors; business leaders, expert practitioners and other professionals from select stakeholder groups to engage in the discourse on how the sustainable development goals can be achieved in Nigeria through education and technology.
This White Paper summarises the outcome of the conversations and highlights of recommendations put forward for action. It serves as a guide for the SDG UN Campaign Office, relevant government ministries, organisations and private companies, educational organisations and schools, technological companies, mass media, and the general public, in planning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda.
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