The United Nations has urged stakeholders to position women and girls at the centre of economies to achieve the 2030 agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, made the call at the Africa Social Impact Summit organised by the Sterling One Foundation, in Abuja.
The summit was themed “Rethink, Rebuild, Recover: Accelerating Growth for the SDGs.”
According to Schmale, Nigeria is critically important to the success of the 2030 agenda, both in Africa and globally.
He, however, said Nigeria was not on track to reach many of its SDGs by 2030.
“Our guiding principle for development and social impact is and as well as internally displaced and refugees hit especially hard by growing unemployment, spiralling inflation, and insufficient access to quality education and health services, we must take a fresh look at how best to support the most vulnerable on this continent.”
He said the challenge for older generations was to create an enabling environment for young people to reach their full potential.
“Like the youth, women and girls face many challenges in reaching their potential. Our late Secretary, Kofi Anan was right when he said that gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development, and building good governance.
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