Abuja – The UN on Wednesday called on the private sector in Nigeria to mobilise expertise and technology for the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
NAN reports that the 17 SDGs are expected to replace the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the end of 2015.
The UN General Assembly is expected to ratify the SDGs in September
“The SDGs covered a larger concept so they are not side logo. The goals are directed towards development in a more holistic ways,”
He said success of SDGs implementation largely depended on domestic resources from all the key players.
He, however, advocated for the support of the state governors, private sector and civil society organisations for the implementation of the goals in Nigeria.
“Most of the resources would have to come from within; it has to be domestic resources.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
“So that is why the private sector is very important so that it can mobilise expertise, technology and other necessary things for the
realisation of the goals.
He stressed that the UN had put in place modalities to work with governments at different levels that would enhance the attainment of
“UN will always support but we are going to be more strategic in the support.
“We have offered to work with government at different levels,” Osotimehin said.
He said the UN had spoken with the governors to do sub-national and national plans for the implementation.
According to him, the UN has also spoken with the governors to do a framework on implementation so that they can follow through and make sure the goals work.(NAN)