The United Nations says Kaduna State has become a “trailblazer” in working to put the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into action at the local level.
The union's Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed stated this virtually in Kaduna on Thursday in a keynote address at the 2022 SDGs Summit 2.0 organised by the SDGs Unit of Kaduna State Planning and Budget commission.
She stated that the actions taken at the local level to create a sustainable world would re-evaporate globally.
“Let us continue to work to unleash the power of local action to bring sustainability to our communities and together we will build a resilient and sustainable future that leaves no one behind.
“With seven years remaining to meet the goals, there can be no denying that we are off track.
“The world is facing challenges that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the triple threat of pollution, biodiversity loss and climate emergency.
“However, the current crises also provide an opportunity to change course in releasing the vision of a secure, prosperous and inclusive future as outlined in the 2030 agenda,” Mohammed said.
The deputy secretary general who commended Governor Nasir El Rufa'i for a good job also said the SDGs summit of the UN General Assembly in September 2023 must bring everyone – public institutions, civil society, the business community and others – together to rescue the SDGs.
She stressed the need for the global community to redouble efforts to ensure 2023 marks a genuine turning point in the attainment of the SDGs.
“First, we need a search in global solidarity. The International community must unlock greater financing including the SDGs stimulus plan.
“Secondly, we need stronger political leadership – all countries must come to the summit with a clear plan on how they intend to accelerate SDGs progress.
“Thirdly, we need to ensure that everyone has a seat at the table – women, businesses, youths, civil society and local authorities must be fully part of the solution.
“Despite the challenges, I remain hopeful that we can get back on track,” she said.
Also speaking, the Minister for Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who was represented by a Deputy Director in the ministry, Victoria Oluyole, also described Kaduna as the leading state in achieving the SDGs.
According to her, the significant successes recorded in health, education, employment, access to potable water and electricity in this regard are evident, adding that the huge investment is salutary.
She said that the Federal Government and its development partners are committed to supporting the state in improving the lives and well-being of its citizens through the SDGs.
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