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The prescriptions behind the SDGs drew from a global body of knowledge and the lessons of the Millennium Development Goals. All the 191 member states of the UN system agreed to achieve the eight goals by 2015. As with the SDGs, the MDGs dealt more with the challenges of the Third World, yet countries therein failed to attain the targets due to lack of diligent application by governments and absence of citizen awareness and engagement. Those eight goals were the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger; achievement of universal primary education; promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women and reduction of child mortality. Others were to improve maternal health; to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; to ensure environmental sustainability, and to develop a global partnership for development.
Nigeria failed with the MDGs. However, we have the testimony of one of our former governors of the application of the MDGS in the development template and the results it yielded. Applying the SDGs, now 17 targets instead of eight, should enable the South East states and region fast track development. One advantage is global benchmarking rather than local standards.
The SDGs are interdependent. One influences the other and leads to improvements in each area in a mutually reinforcing circle of virtuousness.
SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Citizens of the South East must wake up to the changing dynamics of our habitations. The romantic notion of our villages is changing. They are not pristine; many are now unsafe and unsustainable. We are falling into the pattern of the rest of Africa. Non-agricultural activities such as manufacturing and industrialisation are the basis for the organisation of urban centres. Unfortunately, with de-industrialisation, our urban centres are hermaphrodites. Urbanisation is catching up … Read More...