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OSSAP-SDGs, UNDP collaborate to integrate SDGs into state policies, programmes

By Perpetua Onuegbu

The Office of the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-ODD) works with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to mainstream the SDGs into state policies and programs.

The office and UNDP began a three-day workshop on Monday in Abuja titled “Advocacy and Capacity Building Workshop on Integration at the Subnational Level in Nigeria” to train officials on how to mainstream education programs. the State with the vision SDG 2030.

Speaking at the event, SSAP-SDGs, Ms Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, said the workshop was a conscious attempt to help state governments prioritize and integrate SDG I into their policies and plans .

“2021 is a pivotal year for us as we embark on the second phase of full-scale implementation of the Decade of Action for the Global Goals.

“This will involve building the capacity of government officials to conceptualize, mainstream and implement the SDGs at the sub-national level with the aim of ensuring that no Nigerian is left behind.

“In the future, we will use our limited resources wisely to support programs rather than funding stand-alone projects.

“Because of the proximity of subnational governments to citizens, you have a better understanding of their specific needs and are better able to identify planning gaps and facilitate awareness of the SDGs,” she said. declared.

Orelope-Adefulire said leaders should, at the end of the workshop, implement the SDGs in communities by conducting needs assessments to set priorities, engaging in cooperative governance to establish shared priorities .

She said this would be achieved by aligning local and regional plans with the SDGs, mobilizing local resources, building capacity for effective and responsive leadership and promoting ownership and sustainability.

Mr. Edward Kallon, United Nations Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, said COVID-19 has made achieving the SDGs more imperative.

He said the situation required urgent approach and innovations to find creative ways to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs within the remaining time frame.

According to him, for the achievement of Agenda 2030, it is important to create awareness and sensitize all stakeholders not only at the national level but down to the subnational level, to ensure that everyone is on board. edge.

For his part, Mr. Yemi Kale, the Statistician General, represented by the Director of the Planning and Technical Unit of the National Bureau of Statistics, Mr. Simon Harry, said that the different levels should ensure that the appropriate allocations are allocated to the implementation of the SDGs.

Kale said stakeholders should also consider mechanisms such as the national financial integration framework as an instrument for mobilizing the necessary resources.

Mr. Amarakoon Bandara, Senior Advisor, UNDP, said the SDGs cannot be implemented without implementing them at the state level hence raising awareness among state officials to familiarize them and equip with the core issues of the SDGs.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that seven states, Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Zamfara, Plateau, Ondo, Kogi and Kwara states are represented at the workshop. (NAA)

(NAN)

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