Sustainable Development Goals Awareness Initiative (SDGsAI) registered under the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC): CAC/TT/No112165 Nigeria, is a non governmental organization established with the mission to sign up one million youth to support and implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria. Established in October 5, 2016 have been organizing sensitization awarenes campaign in the following States, Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Osun, Ondo and Akwa Ibom. The awarenss campaign project known as Sustainable Development Goals Awareness Campaign Tour (SDGsACT) have since then educated primary schools, secondary schools and higher institutions. Furthermore, is the capacity building of over hundreds of youth in communities, online trainings and book donations to schools to promote education for sustainble development.
HOW IT STARTED
On September 25, 2015, 193 member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Agenda tagged; ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. The development agenda is a set of seventeen global goals with 169 targets, and part of the UN’s efforts to build a comprehensive development plan in order to complete the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs).
It is also aimed at eradicating all forms of poverty and moving the world onto a sustainable development path while ensuring that no one is left behind. The programme is poised to ensure the realisation of the human rights of everyone, achieve gender equality in all spheres of life, and ensure parity in economic, social and environmental dimensions of development.
The MDGs were established following the Millennium summit of the United Nations in 2000, and the agreement under the ‘Future We Want outcome document.’ MDGs Review According to a report, a review of the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) implementation in Nigeria explained that the country registered diverse results across the goals, geographic areas and gender groups. Regardless of progress on some indicators, many of the goals and targets have not been achieved.
MDGs to SDGs
The slow pace of progress nevertheless, the country has reportedly registered some remarkable achievements such as eradicating polio, the implementation of a largely successful Conditional Grants Scheme (CGS) and mobilising community utilisation of healt facilities through the village health workers scheme.
The country had also taken the leadership position on the MDGs within the continent and internationally. Policies and institutions set up in Nigeria were admired and simulated by other countries. Showing the same leadership on the SDGs and delivering results across all of the goals will require pro-active planning and thinking. The report explained that the movement from MDGs to SDGs meant that the new sectors and goals in the SDGs will require new policies and new institutional mechanisms to ensure actions on ground, while calling for increased funding, more financial investments, effective planning and legal framework.
The organization is aimed at taking useful information about the SDGs to all the strata and spectrum of the society; to educate people in the urban and rural communities on how to make their environment sustainable for living through the following implementaion plan:
SDGsACT: The awareness campaign tour was the first brain child of the organization and this is aimed at localizing the SDGs, setting up local chapters in each State of the Federation where the easy access of SDGs advocacy can be promoted and partnerships with Stakeholders and government of the States.
SDGs on campus: the aim of this project is to set up SDGs club in all higher institutions in Nigeria to develop action plans on the SDGs indicators for project execution on campus. Trainings and networking with international community to learn best practices and new skills for sustainable development in the university community.
SDGs in Schools: the youth are the future of the SDGs, the best way to get them involved is by engaging the youth at a very younger age and give them access to quality education, information and how they can play a role in achieving the SDGs
SDGs in Communities: Nigeria communities are faced with challenges, recently Nigeria took over from India as the poorest countries in the world. The Northern part of the country are faced with out of school children which is affecting the total number of out of school children in Nigeria. Health challenges, climate change challenges and many more, the communities are expected to be aware on how to solve this challenges within the communities. Through our commnuity outreaches, we are touching lives and creating awareness on how people can live sustainably in their local communities.