GLOBAL GOALS WEEK 2021; “ACTION, AWARENESS, AND ACCOUNTABILITY”.
The Global Goals Week is known as a week of action, awareness, and accountability for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and it is annually celebrated on September 17th – 28th.
What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are known as the Global Goals. These goals were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 everyone enjoy peace and prosperity
There are 17 SDGs which include 169 targets. These targets are tracked by 232 unique indicators. The SDGs provide a focus for the international community’s development efforts until 2030 and are the yardstick by which progress will be measured. They are intended to be tackled as a group rather than individually, that is, the 17 goals are interlinked.
Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria
After the reign of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, 2016 ushered in the SDGs. In the 2019 SDG Index, Nigeria was ranked 159th among 162 countries compared in terms of their achievement of the SDGs. Nigeria’s performance score of 46.4 is just a little above the score for the Central African Republic, a country sitting at the lowest rung of the index.
Since the SDGs were adopted in 2015, Nigeria has continued to achieve many of the targets through collaboration of the government with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Bridge Connect Africa Initiative (BCAI) as one of the CSOs in the country, is passionate about the implementation of the SDGs and have been working towards achieving the goals particularly Goal 3, 4, and 5 through the PARC approach; Popular engagement, Advocacy, Research, and Capacity building.
In contributing to the achievement of these goals, BCAI have been and will continue to be promoting and engaging in activities that actualizes the goals. The following are some of the programs done in respect to Goal 3, 4 and 5.
Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing, Promotes healthy lifestyles, preventive measures, and modern efficient healthcare for everyone.
Some of our programs that promote good health and wellbeing Include; Youth For Family Planning (Y4FP), SGBV Time Series, FB Live Series and other online campaigns.
Goal 4: Quality education ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all. With respect to this, we have and will continue to inspire and inform people with credible reproductive health information to make informed choices about their reproductive health through the use of infographics, videos, and physical meetings.
Goal 5: Gender equality promotes equal rights and respect for all. Efforts made in reducing gender inequality are seen through the child protection bill campaign aimed at ending child marriage in northern Nigeria, the Violence against person prohibition act campaign aimed at ending gender-based violence, the Iranwo foundation post COVID microloan intervention, and other numerous projects.
To achieve the SDGs within the remaining time frame, there is a need for the development of strategic and effective programmes that increases the potential ability of citizens.
Written by Favour Christiana Ogbuagu