UN meets north-central stakeholders on sustainable development cooperation

The United Nations (UN) held a consultative meeting with stakeholders in Nasarawa State over the weekend to seek their inputs for the development of the new United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF). Stakeholders represented the Center-North zone during the meeting.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Ms. Comfort Lante, told the public in Lafia, the state capital, that the new framework which would run between 2023 and 2027, would replace the current UNSDPF which covers the period 2018 -2022.

She said the UNSDPF aims to reduce identified development challenges in partnership with the federal government.

Comfort further stated that the implementation of the current UNSDPF is now in its final year of implementation.

“The new document should provide the framework for the next phase of partnership and cooperation to accelerate the achievement of the 2030 agenda.

“Twenty-eight UN agencies, with 24 residents and four non-residents in Nigeria, are working in partnership with FG to address all identified development challenges,” she said.

While explaining that the stakeholders represented the North-Central Zone, she added that similar stakeholder meetings would be held in the other five geopolitical zones of the country.

She said the consultation will ensure that no one is left behind and that development concerns of Nigerians are reflected and conceptualized in the document.

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule expressed his gratitude to the United Nations for choosing the state for the North Central Consultative Meeting.

Governor Sule said the government has domesticated the National Action Plan for the revitalization of water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .

Secretary of State Government (SSG), Mohammed Ubandoma said the meeting was appropriate as the nation struggles to recover from the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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