Nigerian private sector commits to providing 774 Primary Healthcare Centres across Nigeria Lagos, December 5th2019:
Today, Global Citizen convened a policy forum in Lagos to present the policy objectives for Global Goal Live:The Possible Dream campaign to stakeholders from Nigeria’s public and private sectors, civil society and the media.
On September 26 2020, the largest live broadcast cause event in history will come to Lagos, Nigeria. The historic 10-hour global media event will showcase simultaneous festivals in Lagos and New York’s Central Park— as well as satellite events in Seoul, Korea, and to be announced cities in Latin America and Europe — and will see the worlds of pop, policy , and business unite to create unprecedented change and lasting impact.
To be on target to achieve the United Nations Global Goals by2030, 120 million people should have been lifted out of extreme poverty between 2016 and now. The 2019 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers report estimates that 83 million people have escaped poverty during that period, demonstrating progress, but falling short of the required rate. For every year we remain behind the target, the work needed to achieve the Global Goals increases.
Despite the positive global trend, poverty rates in Africa have increased.Today, two-thirds of those living in extreme poverty globally live in Africa, and at current rates, by 2030 the continent will account for 90% of all individuals living in extreme poverty. Nigeria tops the list of the African countries where rates of poverty are increasing, with 6 people falling into extreme poverty every minute. Current estimates put the number of people living in extreme poverty in Nigeria at 89 million. The highest anywhere in the world, and more than 40% of the population. address these rather stark realities, the Federal Government of Nigeria has pledged to lift 100 million people out of extreme poverty over the next 10 years, an average of 10 million per annum.
Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream was launched by Global Citizen, in partnership with Teneo, during the UN General Assembly in New York on September 26, 2019. The most recent Global Citizen festival in South Africa secured financial commitments of $7.2 billion. The campaign in Nigeria aims to exceed this, by mobilisingbillions in commitments for Nigeria. Specifically, $2 billion of the money allocated to Nigeria will be used to impact the lives ofmillions of impoverished women and girls. The campaign will feature a series of events throughout 2020, culminating with the global events on September 26, 2020.
Speaking at the launch of Nigeria 2020, Global Citizen Nigeria Chairman, Tunde Folawiyo, said: “Achieving Nigeria’s pledge to lift 100 million people out of poverty in the next decade will only be possible if the public sector, private sector and civil society collaborate closely. A co-ordinated, multi-stakeholder approach is essential”.
Global Citizen Nigeria Vice Chairman, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, said: “The government alone cannot deliver the resources we need to win the fight against extreme poverty. We must create multiple entry points to allow local and global influencers come together and make a difference. Innovative financing models, creative partnerships and new technology is what this movement to end poverty must deliver”.
Global Citizen Co-Founder, Mick Sheldrick, said: “The world needs $350b annually if we are to end extreme poverty and achieve the Global Goals in the 59 poorest countries by 2030. And as we’ve seen, each year we do not meet this cost, more people will fall into poverty and the cost of inaction will go up. That’s why 2020 must be a year of urgency where we remind the world’s governments and businesses of the budget gap facing the goals, they all signed up for. We look forward to working with the Nigerian private sector to help drive progress toward the Goals.”
The policy forum was attended byTunde Folawiyo, Chairman, Global Citizen Nigeria, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Vice-Chairman, Global Citizen Nigeria, Mick Sheldrick, Co-Founder, Global Citizen, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, SSA to the President on the Sustainable Development Goals,Dr. Paulin Basinga, Country Director, Gates Foundation, Mr. Oscar Onyema, CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mrs. Solape Hammond, Acting Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Lagos State Government, Yebeltal Getachew, Manging Director, Coca-Cola Nigeria andOlakunleOloruntimehin, General Manager, Cisco Nigeria.