Osun State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, has called on government at all level to partner with corporate organisations for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals.
Speaking at Osun state University, Osogbo, during the official launch and international symposium on Global Affairs and Sustainable Development Institute on Tuesday, Oyetola, who was represented by the Secretary to the state government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, also called on other universities to join the universal agenda.
“For the nation to live up to expectations, it must produce a workable road map for this universal initiative, must the political will, design and implement a local strategic plan, fix economy and improve on the ongoing anti-corruption was as a platform for achieving these goals”.
“Achieving the core aspects of SMDGs – poverty reduction, education, health and environmental issues – has been a herculean challenge to developing nations, including Nigeria.
In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of Osun state University, Prof Labode Popoola, opined that those in academia are not doing well in providing the needed leadership, the needed research data and the needed knowledge base to address the issue bordering on achievement of sustainability.
“The SDGs underline the importance of an integrated approach to economic, social and environmental challenges. Evidence suggests that we ignore the inter-linkages among economic, social and environmental factors in our development trajectory, and this is at our peril.
“Lack of employment, poor access to education, and deteriorating environmental conditions affect economic growth negatively.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Acting Director, Global Affairs and Sustainable Development Institute, GASDI, said the institute is committed to the attainment of sustainable development.
Speaking on ‘Third World’ Approaches to the Globalization of Sustainable Development, the keynote speaker, the Deputy-Director and Head of Governance for Global Health, United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), Kwala Lumpur Malaysia, Professor Obijiofor Anginam stated that the world of the 21st century, although driven by the phenomenon of globalization, remains heterogeneous and multicultural.
He said Global multiculturalism required that various cultures compare notes in order to evolve a holistic policy framework, governance architecture, and sustained responses to sustainability.
According to Professor Aginam, “In a multicultural world polarized by divergent social determinants of health and sustainability, the challenge of reconciling the ‘tensions’ in approaches to sustainability across divergent cultures and societies should be moved from the periphery to the core of the globalization debate. The world’s diverse ecological cultures must be harnessed in search of an inclusive environmental globalism. In all of this, it is important to recall that we live in a “global policy universe”, where although health and ecological issues present complex challenges in culturally divergent societies, but nonetheless decisions taken in global institutions can have serious impacts on populations in distant places.”
The UN envoy said for globalism to effectively address the root causes of accelerating ecological crises in Africa, it must recognize the values of African perspectives on nature conservation as well as the broader developmental issues that now confront most non-Western societies. As Ivan Head of blessed memory reminds us: “If the ever-decreasing open forests of developing countries are not to be destroyed in the ceaseless quest for firewood, thus broadening the deserts, sweeping away top soil – if these major issues are to be managed wisely, the co-operative involvement of developing countries is essential.