Liberia’s Vice President Chief, Dr. Jewel Cianeh Howard-Taylor has pleaded with those overseeing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to see the need to ensure that Liberia hosts the regional office of the development roadmap for West Africa.

Veep Howard-Taylor made the appeal when she paid a courtesy visit to the SDG office in Kigali, Rwanda over the weekend of April 29, 2018 where she went to attend the Women Political Leaders Global Forum and the Mo Ibrahim Governance weekend.

According to the Liberian strongwoman, when this is done, Liberia will be close to the heart of the implementation of the global development roadmap in line with its own national development programs adding that this would an opportunity that the post conflict West African nation is ready to play its role as a member of the comity of nations by providing leadership in the successful implementation of the SDG in West Africa.

In the meeting with the SDG officials in Kigali, Vice President Howard-Taylor indicated that the SDG is a wonderful piece of idea that every country can use to guide its development efforts but Liberia cannot continue to be on the receiving end of all the leaders of these initiatives but would want to see her country hosting the regional office for West Africa as another of demonstrating that Africa’s oldest independent republic is well on course on the path of peace.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda. They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet. “Poverty eradication is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, and so is the commitment to leave no-one behind,” UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said. “The Agenda offers a unique opportunity to put the whole world on a more prosperous and sustainable development path. In many ways, it reflects what UNDP was created for.”

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