Ban Ki-moon commends Nigeria on MDG, notes UN support

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-moon, has commended the government of Nigeria for its introduction of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Accelerated Framework with the support of the United Nations system in the country.
UN-Nigeria logoSpeaking at the event on transformative agenda for sustainable development in Nigeria and Africa:
Lessons, Actions and Emerging Perspectives in New York, yesterday, the Secretary General who was represented by his Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, applauded the leadership and commitment of Nigeria in striving to accelerate progress.
According to him, The Millennium Development Goals are our collective promise to the world’s most vulnerable people. Meeting the Goals requires partnerships, policies and resources that accelerate progress. ‘The MDG Acceleration Framework, introduced by the government of Nigeria with the support of the UN, is a stellar example,’ he cited.
Mr Ki-moon observed that Nigeria was an early mover on the MY World survey in which more than 140,000 people took part; noting that the information gathered had provided a vast amount of insight on the concerns and hopes of women, men, girls and boys throughout the country. The top 8 priorities for Nigeria in the MY World survey reflect similar results for Africa as a whole, and notably include better job opportunities and infrastructure.
He added that Nigerian government’s commitment in the country and across the continent of Africa would help improve the UN efforts to meet people’s needs at national, regional and global levels. In turn, this will contribute to a more effective multilateral system that is ‘fit for purpose’ to deliver on the post-2015 next development agenda.
The Secretary General also acknowledged the efforts of the governments of Ghana, Kenya and South Africa in striving to accelerate progress made on the MDG.