The UN Secretary-General António Guterres in New York made known the appointment of Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, as one of the members of new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates for 2019-2020.
Guterres was quoted by A statement by UN as saying that the appointment was sequel to the UN Member States agreement to accomplish the SDGs. The Advocates are 17 public figures from all over the world that are tasked by the Secretary-General maintain global commitment, increase awareness with new audiences, to promote the Goals and call for actions that is scalable and greater ambition to attain the SDGs by 2030.
Muhammadu Sanusi is the only Nigerian that is on the 17- man list of SDG Advocates co-chaired by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway. In accordance with Guterres, the Advocates are tasked with building the ambition, driving the action, and solidifying political will of the SDGs.
“We have the tools to answer the questions posed by climate change, environmental stress, poverty and inequality. They lie in 2015’s arrangements — the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. But tools are no use if they aren’t used by you. So, now, and every day, my appeal is simple and clear; we need action, ambition, political will, more action, more ambition and much more political will,” said Guterres.
He further said that the Advocates are to raise awareness, inspire greater ambition, and push for faster action on the SDGs, which have been adopted by world leaders on Sept. 25 2015. “They are expected to use their unique platforms and leadership to inspire cross-cutting mobilisation of the global community to construct the momentum for transformative and inclusive development by 2030.”
The Advocates selected from entertainment Governments, academia, sport, business and activist organisations around the globe, are also expected to leverage and build bridges between their audiences, and work together to drive progress. Co-Chair of the SDGs Advocates group Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway was also quoted in the statement as saying:”By joining forces to accomplish our goals, we can turn hope into reality — leaving no one behind”.