Global challenges a daunting task

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Against the backdrop of seemingly endless challenges across the world, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a conference of development-minded partners in Nigeria that “no country, no region” could tackle them alone.

“In the regions today, no country is alone. Our borders don’t make any difference in the Sahel when we talk about issues of terrorism, migration, and climate change”, Mohammed said on Tuesday at the opening of the Kaduna State Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Acceleration Conference 2019.

“No country, no region can tackle the global challenges of today,” she spelled out.

Under the theme “Building effective partnership for accelerated progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals,” the two-day conference aims to fortify partnerships to fast-track implementation of the global goals, which each country is adapting to reach ambitious targets on poverty and hunger eradication, among other challenges.

Mohammed advocated strongly for gender parity saying that “part of our population, especially women and girls, has to be put at the center of the results” and not only “at the center of our policies”.

Moreover, she continued, “we need to see young people at the center of the impact that is made on everyone’s life. Because they are not the future tomorrow; they are the future today.”

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