CISLAC Advocates More Commitment To SDGs Implementation
CISLAC Advocates More Commitment To SDGs Implementation – As the world marks Global Day of Action on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) today, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has advocated increased legislative priority and inclusive process in the implementation of the (SDGs) in Nigeria.
The executive director, Auwal Rafsanjani, stated in Abuja yesterday that the syndicated action would enhance appropriate domestication and implementation of the SDGs by all levels of government with prioritised citizens’ engagements to promote sustainability and ownership.
The SDGs have remained the globally ratified blueprint that would effectively drive development agenda and priorities, he said, adding that the critical roles of the legislators were paramount in actualizing such priorities in Nigeria.
He, however, urged the National Assembly (NASS) to demonstrate commitment and guidance in the implementation of the SDGs, particularly SDG 16, to provide legal and legislative actions on targets 16.4, 16.5 and 16.10.
“As effective implementation of the SDGs requires greater transparency, accountability and political will, CISLAC calls on the legislators, as custodians of the SDGs, to promote, safeguard and strengthen oversight activities on implementation of the SDGs to high impact and efficiency at all levels.
“NASS should also monitor and provide legislative oversight on the appropriation, release and management of funds to the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the SDGs (OSSAP-SDGs) to enable them function effectively, transparently and accountably in implementing the SDGs.”
The SDGs document was adopted on September 25, 2015 at the deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
It is a set of 17 aspirational “global goals” and 169 targets adopted in 2015 by the 193 United Nations member states, with strong commitment to steer policy-making that would be incorporated into national planning processes and policies.
UN encouraged countries to define national targets tailored to their specific circumstances and identify locally relevant indicators and data sources that would be used to measure progress towards achieving each of the SDGs targets by 2030.