On the 1st of August 2018, the first national conference on Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) was held at Grand Ibro Hotel Annex, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja. The Women Environmental Programme(WEP) in alliance with her Women 2030 partners and the Civil Society Advance Forum on Sustainable Development(CAS2030) facilitated the success of this event. This one day conference was themed: “Localising the SDGs in Nigeria: The Role of Civil Society Organizations(CSOs) and other Key Actors.” It afforded a networking avenue for civil society organizations, private sector, media and government agencies.
Delivering a keynote address, the Executive Director of WEP Nigeria Dr. Priscilla Achakpa stressed the need for collabration among members of civil societies, media practitioners and the government in order to successfully fight common challenges militating the work for development. Also, WEP’s Programme Manager Mr. John Baaki led a panel of discussants to speak on “aligning the SDGs and the AU agenda 2063.” He reiterated the importance of marrying the African Union Agenda 2063 with the objectives of the SDGs. Further discussions were entertained at the conference, one of which was “the role of state/local government & other key actors in achieving SDGs.”
Highlight of the event was the inauguration of CAS2030/cutting of anniversary cake and the launch of Innovation For Change (I4C) campaign.