We’ve committed ourselves to actualize the SDGs by 2030 – BBYDI 

The Brain Builders Youth Development initiative has expressed its commitment to actualize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. 

Abideen Olasupo, The Executive Director of the organization stated this while speaking at a press conference organized to mark this year’s United Nations General Assembly and Global Week of Action.

He said, Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative is Joining Forces to Mobilize Millions to Take Action on the Sustainable Development Goals.

According to him, “This year’s theme acknowledges the impact of crises such as COVID-19, climate change and conflict around the world with a focus on seeking solutions that build global sustainability and resilience against it.

The development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is one of the major highlights of the 21st century. After the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it was clear that for the world to reach its desired destination, we needed another set of actionable goals. But it’s been seven years since the beginning of the SDGs; the question remains, how well have we performed in actualising the goals? 

The agenda 2030 of the SDG is under threat. The unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic set us several steps back. Although the pandemic was also a test of our resolve, it showed how much work still needed to be done. 

Today, there is still a myriad of issues facing the global community. The recent floods in Pakistan; the war in Ukraine, the growing number of out-of-school children in Nigeria, and many others, are sufficient reasons to strive for a sustainable world. We need all hands-on deck to achieve a more peaceful and just society where every life is protected and our planet is cared for.

The Covid-19 pandemic pushed humanity’s resilience to the limit and continues to have vast impacts on the lives of people and the wider social, economic and environmental fabric of our world. Hundreds of millions of people lost their jobs and income and were pushed into poverty.

These events have shone a glaring light on the persistent and underlying injustices and inequalities of our societies.

We need to transform a system that is no longer fit for purpose, flip the script and re-imagine our planet as our shared home, respecting the rights of all people and the natural world.

The recovery must leave no one behind… there is still time to deliver sustainable development within the Decade of Action… if leaders in each country act for Peace, Climate & Justice.”

Speaking further, Abideen revealed that the Organization collaborated with the University of Ilorin to celebrate the 100 days of SDGs, a vital stakeholder engagement that nurtured hundreds of new SDG advocates. 

“To ensure that we do not leave anyone behind, we translated the SDGs into local languages and partnered with traditional and religious leaders using town hall meetings on the SDGs to spread the purpose of the goals and the roles that everyone has to play. To corroborate these efforts, we hosted programmes on indigenous radio stations to spread awareness further.”

“We also appointed state coordinators and campus ambassadors who volunteered to lead various initiatives focused on localizing the goals. We participated in critical stakeholder meetings on the achievement of the global goals at national, regional and international levels. We have published data-driven issue briefs, fact-sheet, and policy statements to highlight the critical actions needed to achieve Agenda 2030.”

“Despite the remarkable efforts by all our volunteers, we have also realized that there is still a lot more to be done. Hence, we kicked off our activities to mark the United Nations General Assembly 2022 and Global Week of Action with a radio programme to discuss the goals and actions to be taken. 

This morning, we had a walk to Oja Oba market and conducted a #FliptheScript stunt to raise awareness in the market. We also had a vox-pop citizen engagement where we asked citizens about their expectations for the Global Goals.”

“On Wednesday, we will have a Peoples Assembly featuring Delegates from the 36 states of the Federation and Six Geo-Political Zones, representatives of private sectors, religious and traditional institutions, marginalised groups, women and youths, academicians, policymakers, Civil Society organisations and Artiste. In addition, we have invited seasoned facilitators with the hope of doing justice to different topics.”

“We aim to develop a comprehensive document containing recommendations from different sectors of society to help stakeholders identify the next lines of action as we enter the 8th year of the SDGs. We are confident in the possibility of the goals, but we also recognise that nothing will be achieved without everyone taking action.” Abideen noted. 

Conclusively, The BBYDI Boss urged everyone to take actions in order to deliver sustainable developments.

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