His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, has been announced as one of the United Nations new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates for 2019-2020. This was announced in New York by UN Secretary-GeneralAntónio Guterres.
According to Guterres, the appointment was sequel to the UN Member States agreement to accomplish the SDGs by 2030. The Emir of Kano joins 17 other influential public figures from around the world who are tasked by the Secretary-General to promote the Goals, raise awareness with new audiences, maintain global commitment and call for greater ambition and scalable action to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
Muhammadu Sanusi is the only Nigerian on the 17- man list of SDG Advocates which isis co-chair by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway.
Guterres revealed that the Advocates will be involved with driving the action, building the ambition, and solidifying global political will of the SDGs.
“We have the tools to answer the questions posed by climate change, environmental pressure, poverty and inequality. They lie in the great agreements of 2015 – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. But tools are no use if you don’t use them. So, today, and every day, my appeal is clear and simple; we need action, ambition, political will, more action, more ambition and more political will,” said Guterres.
He further added:
“They are expected to use their unique platforms and leadership to inspire cross-cutting mobilisation of the global community to build the momentum for transformative and inclusive development by 2030.”
Co-Chair of the SDGs Advocates group Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway was also quoted in the statement:
“By joining forces to achieve our goals, we can turn hope into reality – leaving no one behind”.