FOR more than two years, the Nigerian government has been striving to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2015.
However, given the scope and ambition of the SDGs, it is clear that government alone cannot achieve the agenda. Those in authority will need the broad involvement of other stakeholders, such as the private sector, the public and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). Indeed, the CSOs serve as one of the key drivers of the SDGs process in Nigeria.
In this maiden issue of SDGs Monitor, we assess Nigeria's readiness and preparation for implementing the SDGs in general. In particular, we explore the status of seven selected SDGs whose implementation we intend to follow closely in the first four issues of SDGs Monitor. The selected SDGs are:
SINCE the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by world leaders at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25, 2015, both the national and sub-national governments in Nigeria have been collaborating for effective implementation of the global goals. In this edition of the SDGs Monitor, we beam our light on the state governments in the country with well investigated reports on the implementation of the SDGs in selected states. Bearing in mind that there are six geo-political zones in Nigeria, our reports focus on two states drawn from each. This brings the number of states covered in this edition to 12.Our reports cover the following states:
We are happy to announce that beginning with this issue, The SDGs Monitor Magazine will begin a new style of presentation that combines its popular magazine focus with original data-based and researched articles that include some technical language in support of upper level academic research on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.
We continue to be grateful for the support of the Ford Foundation which has enabled us to shun affiliation with any institution, political organization or government body, and to be obligated only to our readers– the general public and most especially, the academic and civil society communities. As such, we maintain a level of independence and objectivity that few other publications in Nigeria can achieve.