How Nigeria, others can meet 2030 SDG targets

How Nigeria, others can meet 2030 SDG targets
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Expert says Nigeria, others need to expand awareness beyond climate action.

It is only eight years away from the 2030 sustainable development goals (SDGs) target. A sustainability advocate, Chukwuemeka Idam, said that for Nigeria and the rest of the world to achieve the SDGs by 2030, we need to expand awareness beyond climate action to spotlight areas, such as reducing inequality, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation, and infrastructure to make headway. He added that the global community should also expand awareness around quality education and the need for cooperation, among others.

According to him, by so doing, we will create a conducive environment to achieve well-rounded and meaningful progress and meet the deadline. In a statement, Idam noted that progress on SDGs has so far been uneven and it leaves much to be desired, particularly in Africa. “Sustainability is not an uncommon word, as we sometimes use it in our day-to-day conversations. We use this word in many contexts, but when referring to collective goals that amplify the common well-being and progress of humanity, we tend to miss the importance of the true meaning of sustainability. Over the years of my advocacy, I have found that the conversations around sustainability are often limited only to climate action, leading to the exclusion or relegation of other equally important goals,” he said.

Expanding understanding of sustainability enables accelerated progress.

The advocate argued that expanding understanding of sustainability beyond narrow lenses would enable accelerated progress in the SDGs ahead of the 2030 deadline. He said, “So, what then is Sustainability? How should we approach it, and why does it even matter? Sustainability is an encompassing term that embraces economic, social, and environmental goals that are necessary to equalize opportunity, promote prosperity, and a healthy life for all. This definition is built on the United Nations Brundtland Commission’s (1987) definition of sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Idam further stated that there are currently 17 SDGs that require global co-operation to achieve by 2030. These include: No Poverty; Zero Hunger; Good Health and Well-being; Quality Education; Gender Equality; Clean Water and Sanitation; Affordable and Clean Energy; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Reduced Inequality; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate Action; Life Below Water; Life on Land; Peace and Justice, Strong Institutions and Partnerships for the Goals. He said the goals, which are intended to affect everyone positively, are not the entirety of what Sustainability is, but it offers a practical and achievable framework to address pressing global issues. “Sustainability, as a way of living and organizing our daily activities, is critical to ensuring a maximum utility is derived from our scarce resources while keeping costs and damages to the barest minimum. One practical area is recycling,” he added.

The benefits of SDGs are beyond saving the environment or improved revenue.

He said that according to Canada-based recycling company, Cleanriver, companies can save up to $3,000-$4,000 per year simply recycling cardboard and paper. He pointed out that the benefits of Sustainability are, however, beyond saving the environment or improving revenue. He said reducing inequality and improving socio-economic access for people from all walks of life, especially minorities, have been demonstrated to present immense benefits to society. “The World Bank, in a recent publication, argues that deliberate efforts to unlock workplace opportunities for women would grow economic opportunities globally by around a quarter of what the global GDP current is,” he said.

“This significant growth in the world’s economy can be achieved by 2025. In the area of innovation, Sustainability offers a crucial advantage to businesses that are open to rethinking the impact of their activities, and this is not limited to climate action. Businesses that promote positive values of unity, inclusivity and zero discrimination have access to bigger market pools and tend to build an identity that encourages loyal and consistent patronage. Under the close watch of shareholders, customers and governments, global brands have begun to cut down on doing business with other organizations that exploit minors as cheap labor. Also, the bad public regard that comes with association with discriminatory or other anti-sustainability practices has proven to be an effective deterrent,” he said.

Illegal oil refining and bunkering pollutes air and water in Port Harcourt.

Idam pointed out that the incidence of illegal oil refining and bunkering in the Niger Delta region have caused severe pollution. He said, “There is also the dimension of clean water, good health, and well-being that comes with Sustainability. In one of my recent articles, I spotlighted the soot problem in Port Harcourt city, South-South of Nigeria. The unfortunate and recurring incidents of illegal oil refining and bunkering have caused severe air pollution that has contaminated water and soil in the city. The implication for health is dire, and I highlighted some of the negative impacts already being observed. Illegal oil refining and bunkering are some of the several issues that can be addressed by adopting sustainability-driven approaches across the different facets of human endeavors.”


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Ask Nigeria
28 days ago

How Nigeria, others can meet 2030 SDG targets – Expert says Nigeria, others need to expand awareness beyond climate action. – Express your point of view.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
27 days ago

The practise of illegal oil refining and bunkering is one of the many problems that can be solved by integrating a focus on sustainability into all areas of human endeavour. This would allow for the resolution of a wide range of other problems as well.

Taiwoo
Member
27 days ago

A negative reputation in the eyes of the public, which comes from being associated with actions that are discriminatory or otherwise anti-sustainable, has proven to be an effective deterrent.

Hassan Isa
Member
27 days ago

It is essential that we adopt a sustainable way of life and structure our day-to-day activities in order to guarantee that we gain the greatest possible benefit from the few resources we have, while simultaneously reducing the amount of money spent and the amount of damage done.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
27 days ago

We have found that the conversations around sustainability are often limited only to climate action, leading to the exclusion or relegation of other equally important goals.

Remi1
Member
27 days ago

A new article suggests that purposeful measures to unlock job chances for women would boost economic prospects globally by almost a fourth of what the global GDP now is.

Adesanyaj72
Member
27 days ago

We have a tendency to overlook the significance of the importance of the genuine meaning of sustainability when we are talking about collective goals that increase the common well-being and advancement of humanity.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
27 days ago

There should be adequate awareness in the path of the government and emphasis should be made on the importance of cooperation and quality education.

DimOla
Member
27 days ago

I don’t think with this present situation of Nigeria we can meet up with the SDGs target. There are several bottled-neck who will not permit the execution of this project without getting their selfish cut out of it. Corruption everywhere.

SarahDiv
Member
27 days ago

In this country of ours things like these are not likely to be feasible due to several factors militateing against the progress of this nation. Corrupt officials who are selfish in thought and actions will not allow such project to come to limelight.

Tolaniiii
Member
27 days ago

The world community should raise awareness of issues like the importance of collaboration and high-quality education, among others.

Kazeem1
Member
27 days ago

If purposeful efforts were made to open workplace prospects for women, economic opportunities around the world would expand by around a fourth of what the global GDP is currently.

Adeolastan
Member
27 days ago

Lots of benefit will be derive from SDG if proper monitor and implement by the people saddle with the implementation of all the act.But because of the corruption and uncaring attitude of the people in charge,I don’t think much will be archive before 2030.

Bola12
Member
27 days ago

In order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the government must broaden its focus beyond climate action to include areas such as inequality reduction, innovation and infrastructure, industry, and innovation.

Christiana
Member
27 days ago

The government must raise awareness of issues such as lowering inequality, providing decent job and economic growth, industry, and innovation in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. This awareness must go beyond addressing climate change.

Chibuzor
Member
27 days ago

the international community should also work to raise awareness around issues such as the importance of cooperation and quality education, amongst other issues.

Ultra0711
Member
27 days ago

Achieving the SDGs target before 2030 is of paramount as we need to emphasize more on education and project beyond climate change.

Haykaylyon26
Member
27 days ago

Improvement of economy in every sectors, infrastructure and new innovation. And awareness should be made about expansion climate. The country need alot of improvement

Tonerol10
Member
27 days ago

Nigeria really need to expand awareness beyond climate action to spotlight areas, such as reducing inequality, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation, and infrastructure to make headway.

Abusi
Member
28 days ago

Expansion beyond climate change and also education system will play a major role in achieving these SDGs before 2030. The sustainable development goals are for the betterment of the people. There should be adequate awareness in the path of the government to ensure this is done.

jdpumping
Member
28 days ago

Nigeria can be able to achieve it’s SDG goals by expanding it’s awareness on education because it’s the bane that leads to success of other sectors in order to achieve good economic,infrastructure, peace,good sanitation,no poverty, clean water and energy.