How Nigeria can achieve the 2030 SDG agenda

For Nigeria to reach United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, it must address child rights issues in the country, says the United Nations Children‘s Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF Communications Specialist, Geoffrey Njoku, during a two-day media dialogue in Enugu State on Friday, said that all SDGs are linked to children’s rights and that these rights must be integrated and implemented.

Mr. Njoku said children are often denied their rights to education, health, nutrition and security because of their sensitivity and stage of development.

“Without focusing on child rights when implementing the SDGs, Nigeria will not achieve the UN 2030 target,” he said.

He said the government must ensure that no child is left behind in the implementation of plans, programs, strategies and policies for the SDGs.

UNICEF organized the dialogue in collaboration with the Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.

SDG 2030

The UN adopted the SDGs in 2015 to serve as a blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.

They address global challenges facing the world, including poverty, inequality, climate change, hunger, AIDS and discrimination against women and girls, environmental degradation, peace and Justice.

The 17 SDGs are integrated – they recognize that action in one area will affect results in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Integrate children’s rights

In his presentation, Chidi Ezinwa, a professor at the Department of Mass Communication, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, said that the SDGs cannot be achieved until children’s rights are fulfilled.

Mr. Ezinwa said the government must take action that will not jeopardize the future, health and education of the country’s children.

“No one should be left behind, including children. The child is a rights holder,” he said.

He said Nigeria domesticated the rights of the child in 1993 but still failed to respect and give full attention to the rights of the child.

He said some children are transformed into adults overnight when they are forced out of school, do dangerous work, get married or are locked up in adult prisons.

“It is important to understand that a sustainable future depends on how well we meet the needs of children and young people today. The quality of our children now determines the future of Nigeria,” he said.

Off road?

UNICEF Nutrition Officer Nkeiru Enwelum noted that Nigeria is not on track to achieve SDG 2. Goal 2 aims to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition in here 2030.

Ms. Enwelum said Nigeria is number one in Africa and number two in the world in terms of malnourished children.

She said that of the 35 million children under five, 14 million are stunted, three million are wasted and 24 million are anaemic.

She noted that 40% of child deaths in the country are due to poor nutrition. She also said that 14.5 million people suffer from acute food insecurity.

Ms. Enwelum explained that Nigeria must end the scourge of malnutrition to achieve Goal 2 by 2030.

She said that the Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children have the right to food and that the SDGs recognize the importance of nutrition as essential to the economy. development and the well-being of countries.


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