IPCR Advocates Autonomy of SDG 16 in 2020 Review

Participants during the workshop

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has appealed for autonomy of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 during the forthcoming review in 2020, because of the Institute’s mandate to promote peace and resolve conflict in Nigeria and Africa.

SDG16 seeks to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all as well as build effective accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”

The Director General of the Institute, Prof. Bakut T. Bakut, made this known in Abuja, while speaking at the workshop organized by the IPCR in partnership with Center for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa for the National Working Group on Peace and Security in Nigeria.

Prof. Bakut said “As the country is planning for 2020 review of the SDG 16, the Institute wishes to appeal to Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDG to treat SDG 16 as a stand-alone or cross cutting goal in the 2020 voluntary review.”

Bakut said the workshop was to explore how other peace building framework in Nigeria such as United Nation Security Council Resolution (UNSCR )2250 can serve as enablers to the implementation of the SDG 16 as well as other SDGs’ programme in Nigeria.  

In his remark, the representative from office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs Dr. Bala Inusa said that Nigeria is working at National and Sub national levels to ensure peace and security in the country.

He said SDG16 are interrelated with the remaining SDGs, adding that there must be peaceful atmosphere before any other can be implemented.

The Chairman of the occasion, Peace and Development Advisor, UN System in Nigeria, Takwa Zebulon Suifor said the objectives of the workshop was for the National Working Group to brainstorm on the need to allow SDG 16 to stand on its own during the forthcoming review in 2020.

The National Working Group are the key stakeholder in maintaining peace and security in the country.

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