The United Nations Development Program UNDP has called for a broader coalition to fast track the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark said in New York that meeting the SDGs would only be possible through a broad coalition of leaders from government, civil society, multilateral and the private sector players.
She said in a statement released in Abuja at a Ministerial Meeting with over 80 ministers in attendance to mark the organisation’s 50th anniversary that the 17 ambitious goals of the SDG that set out the world’s development agenda between now and 2030 were achievable.
“Government leadership is vital for achieving the SDGs, together with partnerships with civil society, the private sector, philanthropy and the multilateral system. Working together, we can achieve our goals of a world which is free of poverty and inequality,” Helen Clark stressed
The UNDP Chief said Using the Sustainable Development Goals as guide, a world where economies and societies were more inclusive could be built, and the planet be protected from the worst effects of climate change and other forms of environmental degradation.
Clark assured world leaders that UNDP was well placed to play a critical role in achieving the SDGs after 50 years on the frontlines of global development.
“In that half-century, UNDP has helped build institutions, increase resilience, and support countries as they implement vital reforms. It also continues to lead the co-ordination of the essential work of the UN system” she emphasised
She said as UNDP celebrates its 50th anniversary it had contributed to major development gains in many countries around the world and would continue to do more in the years ahead towards achieving the SDG objectives and beat poverty by 2030.