7 November 2012

Nigeria: UN Sets Target for Poverty Eradication

The Special Adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Mr. Ban Ki Moon, on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Prof. Jeffrey Sachs has said that the body is targeting the eradication of extreme in Nigeria and across parts of Africa by 2030.

Sachs, who led a delegation of UN officials on behalf of the Secretary General, made the disclosure when he appeared before the Senate Committee on MDGs to unveil strategies in tackling poverty in developing nations, said that the commitment of the United Nations towards ensuring the eradication of poverty by 2030 was in line with its vision of "achieving environmental sustainability."

He urged governments to insist on a total clean up of the environment by foreign oil companies for effective environmental sustainability.

On how the UN hopes to realise this objective, Sachs stated the body is set to tackle poverty eradication through ensuring environmental sustainability by making room for successor goals, such goals he said does not give full priority to other forms of environmental challenges as flooding which recently affected some parts of Nigeria.

He said: "The world has recognised that there is likely going to be a new set of goals, as the successor goals to 2015, that put a lot more emphasis on the environmental challenges that you have said.

"The poverty alleviation and environment will be given full prioritisation because each one is so much affected by the other, and the priorities that you have identified such as desertification, deforestation, flooding, drought, erosion need to be emphasised."

Sachs explained that the UN has already embarked on providing a sustainable development Solutions Network that will address environmental challenges in issues of flooding, drought, deforestation, and desertification.

According to him, the Secretary General has requested that awareness called sustainable Development Solutions Network (DSN), which is a global network of scientific expertise to try to make proposals on how these phenomena sustainable and workable. "One of the key persons leading this process at the UN is Ms. Amina Mohammed.

"And she is working with the Secretary General and with me on the post 2015 agenda and on the sustainable Development solution Network."

Sachs called on the University authorities to play key role in finding solutions to the devastating challenges posed by environmental phenomena.

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