UNDP and Government of Nigeria sign agreement for SDGs mainstreamingApr 7, 2017
Building on efforts aimed at successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country, UNDP and the Government of Nigeria have entered into a partnership which was signalled by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at UNDP Offices in Abuja.
The government, represented by the Office of the Senior Special Advisor to the President on SDGs (OSSAP-SDGs), which is the coordinating office for all SDGs-related activities in the country, has committed N250 million to the partnership which will facilitate the implementation of various activities including; conducting a SDGs needs assessment, development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework that uses SDGs Indicators as metrics to monitor the implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), integration of the SDGs the country's long-term National Development Plan which will replace the Vision 20:2020, reviewing the OSSAP-SDGs' Monitoring and Evaluation system, among others.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, UNDP Resident Representative, Edward Kallon, reaffirmed UNDP's commitment to supporting national efforts aimed at advancing development for the benefit of Nigerian, especially the millions still poor and marginalised. “I want to assure you that we will do all in our power to make this partnership a success for the Government and the people of Nigeria, yielding greater dividends and having higher multipliers across sectors and throughout the nation.” Edward stated, adding that UNDP will continue with its support to ensure that no one is left behind.
Using SDGs as a framework for implementing development interventions is a surest way the country will be able to respond to a whole range of development challenges - from hunger to peace and justice.
In order to implement activities under this agreement, a project document will be developed to which UNDP will also make its own financial contribution.
“We should use the opportunity presented by this partnership to ‘crowd in’ other partners, especially the States, organized private sector, civil society organization, other UN Agencies and the academia in the SDGs implementation process. Importantly, we should use the opportunity presented by this partnership to deliver appropriate, credible and durable development results for the people of Nigeria. Edward concluded.
Head of OSSAP-SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, commended UNDP for the continued support to the government in making SDGs programmes a reality. She added that the partnership entered with UNDP "will go a long way in putting the country on a path to effective implementation of SDGs-related programme across the country."
As the lead UN development agency, UNDP is uniquely placed to help implement the Goals through our work in the country. Our track record working across multiple goals provides us with a valuable experience and proven policy expertise to ensure Nigeria reaches the targets set out in the SDGs by 2030.