Action 2015: What United Nation Secretary General Told Nigerian Governors.

Action 2015 is a coalition of over 1950
organisations around the world who
are committed to fighting for a better
future by ending poverty, tackling
inequality and avoiding dangerous
climate change. It is truly global and
each organisation has different
specialties and strengths from
grassroots environmental projects to
international anti-poverty organisations.
During His remark, the United Nation,
Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon told
Nigerian Governors the need to work
together to establish a revitalized global
partnership for development.
Read excerpt below:
“I am so pleased to begin my visit to
Nigeria with you – and it is fitting that I
do so. I strongly believe a more
prosperous, democratic and secure
Nigeria begins with you.
I would like to thank the Governor of
Kaduna State for hosting this
opportunity to discuss your aspirations
for change in Nigeria.
Governors play a fundamental role in the
future of this country, the region, the
continent – and, indeed, our world. You
are among the closest to the people.
You understand their challenges and
aspirations. You have the resources and
the power to help the people of Nigeria
realize the tremendous promise of this
great country – on education, on health
care, on women’s empowerment, on
climate change, on governance,
institution-building, security and on
rights across the board.
I am here to listen and support you.
Nigeria occupies a central place in the
family of nations. As I visit, Nigeria also
happens to be serving as President of
the Security Council for the month of
August. This is yet another reminder of
the weight of the regional and global
responsibilities you bear.
I am here at a time of challenge – in
Nigeria and beyond. Across our world,
we see insecurity, inequality, growing
divides. Here in Nigeria, you know the
challenges all too well – including the
rise of extremism and the lack of equal
opportunity. I know this is a deep and
vital challenge in particular for the
Governors of the Northeast, including
Borno State, and I commend the work
and leadership of Governor Kashim
Shettima who is with us. Allow me to
also take the opportunity to express my
sincere condolences on the passing of
the Deputy Governor of Borno State,
Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha.
This is also a time of hope. I want to
commend you and all of Nigeria’s
leaders for the peaceful democratic
transition of power. Nigeria sent an
important signal of hope throughout
the continent.
This is also a moment of hope for the
world, particularly in the field of
development.
Last month, UN Member States met in
Addis Ababa and agreed on a new
financing for development plan: the
Addis Ababa Action Agenda.
Earlier this month, Member States
reached agreement on the 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development. A
proud daughter of Nigeria helped
shepherd this agreement to its inspiring
conclusion — my special Advisor,
Assistant Secretary-General Amina
Mohammed.
The outcome document –
“Transforming Our World: The 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development –
includes a bold new set of 17 goals –
will be formally adopted by world
leaders in New York in September.
In December, governments will meet in
Paris to agree on a new far-reaching
climate change agreement.
Together these three processes provide
an opportunity to put the world on a
sustainable pathway fostering human
prosperity while protecting our planet.
Local governments have an important
role to play in the implementation of the
SDGs. Nigeria demonstrated this
through its efforts on the MDGs through
the Federal Government Conditonal
Grants program to States and local
governments.
Let me point to five essential ways that
you can build on your advances and
sustain that momentum.
First, the universal framework will have
to be tailored to national circumstances
to live up to its promise to be an agenda
“of the people, for the people, and by
the people” that leaves no one behind.
Sub-national and local governments will
play a major role in the national tailoring
process and in ensuring that this
process is participatory and inclusive.
Second, we need to work together to
establish a revitalized global partnership
for development. Each of you is crucial
for engaging local civil society
organizations and the private sector in
the implementation of the goals at local
level.
Third, in a world of rising inequalities,
sub-national and local governments can
help ensure that the limited available
funds are targeted at the most
vulnerable and marginalized who are
often hard to reach, in particular
ensuring health, education,
empowerment and equality for women
and girls.
That leads to my fourth point –
institutionalizing gender mainstreaming
across all government ministries and
bodies responsible for implementing
agenda 2030, with effective means of
implementation and capacities for
monitoring progress.
I encourage you to implement national
action plans and legislation on gender
equality and take steps to enhance the
political and judicial participation and
representation of women at all levels.
Fifth, you can support the follow-up and
review process by feeding inputs
directly into the review and by helping
to ensure the quality of data by
investing in institutions and using big
data to inform better planning and
decision making.
Accurate data will also allow us to better
respond to new and unforeseen
challenges.
Honorable Governors,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This is a crucial moment for Nigeria. You
face many serious challenges, but you
have also taken a hugely important step
to move forward in a way that can
respond to the aspirations of the
country’s people.
I am eager to hear your views on how
you think you can best achieve this
universal and ambitious agenda. The
United Nations stands ready to fully
support you.”

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