President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Adejoke Orelope Adefulire as his Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire served as Deputy-Governor of Lagos State in the administration of Babatunde Fashola, and is regarded as an accomplished politician with many years of experience in public service.
The news of the appointment is contained in a statement by the spokesperson of the President, Femi Adesina, on Monday.
The statement said Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire has also served as Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in Lagos State.
According to the United Nations Development Programme, the Sustainable
Development Goals, otherwise known as the Global Goals, build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015.
The MDGs, adopted in 2000, aimed at an array of issues that included slashing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to water and sanitation, the UNDP said on its website.
“Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all,” agency said.
“The new SDGs, and the broader sustainability agenda, go much further
than the MDGs, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal
need for development that works for all people.
“The Sustainable Development Goals will now finish the job of the MDGs, and ensure that no one is left behind.”