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Prime Minister Erna Solberg Co-Chair for UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group

Last updated: 02.02.2016 // 19 January, Prime Minister Erna Solberg was officially announced as co-chair for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group (SDG AG). “For the first time in history, the international community has agreed on a roadmap to the future we want that will leave no one behind”, said Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Davos

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 19th January the appointment of a group of Eminent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates. They will help promote action to achieve the SDGs adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015. Together with Prime Minister Erna Solberg, President of Ghana, John Mahama was also appointed co-chair. They will together with the rest of the advocacy members support the Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

While the UN’s eight Millennium Development Goals focused on poverty reduction and overseas development aid, the SDGs include all dimensions of sustainable development - social, environmental and economic aspects. The SDGs represent a commitment by all nations to work together to end poverty, achieve shared prosperity, build peace and secure a life of dignity and a healthy planet for present and future generations. The SDG AG will promote the universal character of the SDGs, including the commitment to leave no one behind. Furthermore, promote the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation and financing of the SDGs and encourage partnerships between governments, civil society and the private sector to share resources. In addition to raise awareness about the SDGs.

Two days after UNs Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had assembled the Advocacy group, and 21 days after the SDGs was initiated, the SDG AG met in Davos within the framework of World Economic Forums “Open Forum”, titled “A social contract to transform our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Prime Minister Erna Solberg held her speech “A Global Restart”, and said that the SDGs was a call for action, and not a menu. In addition, she emphasized on how the 17 SDGs can be achieved by building on and learning from the successful Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) campaign, where she highlighted five experiences working with the MDGs that will be helpful in the SDG efforts:

  1. Effective partnership between governments, the private sector, international organisations, civil society, NGOs and science will create faster results.
  2. Avoid the “silo” thinking, and rather cultivate synergies, which will result in progress for several goals simultaneously.
  3. The goals must be accompanied by coherent strategies, policy and investments at national level.
  4. Good data is the basis for good measurements. Therefore, data access must be improved nationally and globally.
  5. It has proved very difficult to reach areas affected by crisis and conflict. The international community must act together to improve the situation in these areas.

 «Like other countries, Norway will do its utmost to reach the goals and targets at home. Just like other countries, we will struggle to meet all the goals”, said Mrs Solberg.


Related links:

United Nations Secretary-General press release:  here

The Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s speech at the SDG AG meeting: here

United Nations SDGs: here



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