THE United Nations understands that genuine and meaningful partnerships are essential for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This informed the decision to adopt it as number 17 of the SDGs at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York in September 2015.
SDG17 – Partnerships for the Goals emphasizes that the other 16 SDGs can only be realised with a strong commitment to global cooperation. It encourages all UNmember countries to explore the opportunities embedded in such collaborations because the sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector, and civil society.
In adherence to the admonition of the world body, the Nigerian government has revitalized universal partnerships for sustainable development. In the implementation of SDG17, the government constituted and inaugurated the Sustainable Development Goals Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) on February 28, 2017. To further strengthen partnerships and broaden stakeholder participation in national SDGs programmes, it inaugurated the Donors' Forum on the Implementation of SDGs on April 28, 2017.
Since then, the Nigerian government has been collaborating with international organizations, development partners and the private sector in its developmental pursuit.
In this edition of the SDGs Monitor Journal, we review Nigeria's progress in the implementation of SDG17. After an in-depth assessment of progress towards SDG17, we find that despite the fact that the country has made noteworthy advances in meeting some of the targets of SDG17, more need to be done to accelerate progress. To put the country on the path to meeting the targets of SDG17, the study recommends that all stakeholders will have to intensify and focus their efforts on the areas where progress has been slow.
Our second report is an invited guest presentation by a nongovernmental organization, Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) on the role of Open Government Partnership (OGP) in the implementation of SDGs in Nigeria. Written by JDPC's Ms. Jennifer Iwinosa, the report captures the linkage between OGP and the SDGs, especially how the multilateral initiative would help the country fast-track the implementation of some of the SDGs.
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