Progress on the 2030 Agenda: Insights from country experiences

The United Nations Foundation and Southern Voice convened participants at a high-level event on the sidelines of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) to discuss progress on the 2030 Agenda for the Southern Voice’s State of the SDGs research initiative.

The aim is to identify those who are “left behind” within diverse contextual realities, reveal the complex relationship of trade-offs and synergies among specific goals of the 2030 Agenda and to explore the global governance-related factors affecting country implementation.

The first phase of the research initiative has six country case studies which were conducted in six countries: India, Peru, Ghana, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Bolivia. The studies from each country provides analysis and recommendations to improve the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were presented by representatives of each of the organisations at the event.

CSEA’s Executive Director, Dr. Chukwuka Onyekwena, joined other participants to share recommendations, which emerged from CSEA’s case study ‘Is Nigeria on track to achieving quality education for all? Drivers and implications’. In his presentation titled “Beyond Local Policymakers and Education Practitioners: Global Considerations for Nigeria’s quest for Quality Education”, findings show that school-age children in the country are not acquiring basic literacy and numeracy skills. The report also identifies groups that are being excluded from quality education and the global forces that limit Nigeria’s capacity to deliver quality education.

The “State of the SDGs” report was launched as a side-event during the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York on July 12, 2019.