Its mostly about women empowerment in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. On Monday, former Lagos state deputy governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, was appointment the Senior Special Assistant to the president on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire, who had served Lagos State as Babatunde Fashola’s deputy, is an accomplished politician with many years of experience in public service.
She has also served as Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in Lagos State, and now will be spearheading the United nations 2030 agenda of transforming our world, starting from Nigeria. This Agenda for Sustainable Development, are an intergovernmental set of aspiration Goals with 169 targets and 17 goals. The Goals are contained in paragraph 54 United Nations Resolution A/RES/70/1 of 25 September 2015.
The Resolution is a broader intergovernmental agreement that, while acting as the Post 2015 Development Agenda (successor to the Millennium Development Goals), builds on the Principles agreed upon under Resolution A/RES/66/288, popularly known as The Future We Want. The Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post 2015 Development Agenda (IGN) began in January 2015 and ended in August 2015. However, a final document was adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit September 25–27, 2015 in New York, USA, where the transition from MDGs to SDGs took place.
SDGs Seventeen (17) Goals:
1. Poverty: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
2. Foo: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
3. Health: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
4. Education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
5. Women: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
6. Water: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
7. Energy: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
8. Economy: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
9. Infrastructure: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
10. Inequality: Reduce inequality within and among countries
11. Habitation: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
12. Consumption: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
13. Climate: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
14. Marine-ecosystems: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
15. Ecosystems: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
16. Institutions: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
17. Sustainability: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
We hope that Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire would do justice in implementing these goals in Nigeria, and would revive the organizations in every state in the country as well as train NYSC Corps members who join this group as part of their Community Development Service (CDS) project.