United Nation has explained that the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, that has now replaced the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, has officially taken off this month.
The UN’s 193 member states, at an historic summit in September 2015, adopted the new 2030 agenda for sustainable development, including the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, to address the needs of people in both developed and developing countries, with greater emphasis on why no one should be left behind.
The 17 SDGs, also known as the global goals, aim to end poverty, hunger and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education, and build strong institutions and partnerships, and more.
In a statement announcing the take off of the SDGs, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people. They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”
The sustainable development agenda entitled ‘Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ contains 17 goals and 169 target targets.
With SDGs starting this month (January 2016), World leaders expect to achieve the goals set out by December 31, 2030. However, some targets that build on pre set international agreements are expected to be achieved even earlier than the end of 2030
Acting Regional Coordinator, Africa for the United Nations Millennium Campaign, Hilary Ogbonna highlights measures that Nigeria needs to take to make measurable impacts in the lives of its people using the SDGs as a guide.

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