Social Good Summit 2015 in Nigeria focuses on the new Sustainable Development Goals

UNDP Res. Rep Opia Mensah Kumah speaks delegates at the Social Good Summit in Anuja
Abuja, 30 November - To raise awareness around the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Development Programme in Nigeria partnered with the Government of Nigeria, One Campaign, Save the Children, UN Millennium Campaign, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Education as a Vaccine and SocialGood Nigeria to hold the Social Good Summit 2015.  

“The Social Good Summit is a flagship event for UNDP which we are using as a platform to bring partners at both
Federal and State levels as well as grassroot activists to help make the new Global Goals a household name everywhere in Nigeria.” Said Opia Kumah, UNDP Resident Representative.
UNDP Nigeria Country Director  Pa Lamin Beyai (2nd from Right) among the panelists discussing  harnessing technology and data to realize SDGs

Opia further called for fearless leadership and broad participation of all Nigerians if the SDGs were to be realized. “Although we all know that the government is the custodian of the national development agenda, citizens’ efforts and support in mobilising the needed resources remain key in delivering development results. The country will only achieve more than it did during the MDGs era if political will is matched with adequate resources; both financial and human.” He added.

With the theme, “New Goals. New power. New technology,” the Social Good Summit in Nigeria brought together a broad spectrum of stakeholders who discussed the country’s opportunities and challenges as Nigeria and the rest of the world enters the new development era. While underscoring the achievements made in meeting some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets, the delegates at the Summit highlighted the need for an institutional framework that will ensure effective implementation and successful realization of the SDGs.
Delegates that attended the Social Good Summit in Abuja
Drawing on lessons from MDGs, the Summit highlighted the challenges Nigeria continues to face in tracking development progress largely due to the absence of a widely agreeable source of data. “We will continue to support the Government of Nigeria, through the National Bureau of Statics (NBS), and other relevant institutions, to ensure that it captures and makes available up-to-date data for use in setting baselines and tracking progress during the SDGs era.” said Pa Lamin Beyai, UNDP Country Director, during a panel discussing focusing on harnessing data and technology for realizing the SDGs.  

During the Summit, the Government of Nigeria, through the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs (OSSAP) unveiled the country’s MDGs End-point Report as well as Transition Strategy-from MDGs to SDGs. In highlighting the commitment being made by the government to ensure early implementation of SDGs, the Ministry of Budget and National Planning stated that the Government of Nigeria had already begun mainstreaming SDGs into its planning processes.

The Social Good Summit in Nigeria was part of more than 100 Social Good Summits organized around the world, most of them during and just after the UN General Assembly in September, to raise awareness around the SDGs.

Adopted by all 193 UN Member States, the SDGs are 17 ambitious goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030. UNDP Nigeria stands as a ready partner to support Nigeria and others to carry forward achieving the Goals at the national and sub-national level by 2030.

UNDP Nigeria’s aim for the Social Good Summit was to help make the new Goals famous at the national level. Making the Goals famous will be the first important step in achieving this new and ambitious development agenda. The Summit was attended by more than 300 delegates drawn from Government Ministries and Departments, Civil Society Organisations, Academia and Sub-national (State level) Government representatives. 

 About Social Good Summit
Each September, world leaders come together at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss global issues and ways in which to tackle them. Recognizing that the voices and ideas of concerned global citizens connected by social media and technology can be powerful forces for change, UNDP Mashable, 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation first partnered in 2009 to host the Social Good Summit in New York to expand the UN conversations to include innovators, activists and entrepreneurs around the world. Now in its sixth year, the Social Good Summit continues to grow in impact and reach to unite global citizens to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place.

About UNDP
UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.