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FG, UN sign 5year sustainable dev’t cooperation framework 

The Federal Government has inaugurated a Steering Committee for the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (2023–2027).

Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, who performed the inauguration in Abuja on Thursday, also signed the framework on behalf of the government, while the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, signed for his organisation.

Schmale said the framework will further assist in the achievement of the federal government of taking 35 million Nigerians out of poverty by the year 2025.

Speaking, Agba said the UN Framework is strategic to assisting Nigeria in addressing development and humanitarian challenges, leveraging UN’s leadership, comparative advantages and capacity assessment.

The Cooperation Framework, premised on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the African Union 2063 Charter, will guide the Government and all stakeholders to work together in promoting sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth and development.

The framework will further assist in the achievement of the federal government of taking 35 million Nigerians out of poverty by the year 2025.

The Minister said he was glad “that we are now able to meet regularly after the disruptions of COVID-19 towards strengthening development partnership between Nigeria and the UN System.

“We remain committed to this relationship and look forward to a productive path ahead.

“Nigeria is presently in the fifth and final year of the current United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework,” adding that, “with 2023 on the near horizon, it is time to look to the next stage of our development journey.”

He noted that the UN 2023-2027 Framework was conceived to support the Government and Nigerians in their development aspirations for the next five years.

He decried the lack of development in the rural areas, saying that more than 90% of the activities by governors are in the state capital, adding that 70% of rural areas are neglected, especially in terms of education.

He continued: “It is heart-warming to note the extensive collaboration in the development of the framework with valuable inputs from our Ministries, Agencies and Departments, as well as UN Agencies, Academia, Civil Society, the Private Sector, and other key stakeholders.

“The preparation of the document passed through an open and transparent process which inspires confidence and ensures that we are all rowing in the same direction.

“The all-inclusive engagements are akin to those undertaken in the development of Nigeria’s National Development Plan (2021-2025) which the about-to-be-signed-Cooperation-Framework, fits into.

“The avowed mantra of the United Nations to ‘leave no one behind’ is in tandem with the objective of President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision to lift hundred million Nigerians out of poverty.

“To this end, the Cooperation Framework, which is guided by the overarching principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and the African Charter 2063, aligns with Nigeria’s National Development Plan (NDP) 2021-2025.

“The National Development Plan aims to support the Government to accelerate economic growth and achieve the goals and aspirations of the African Union, guided by the overarching principles of the UN Agenda 2030,” he added.

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