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Sanusi gets new job as UN SDGs Advocate

Embattled Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II has been appointed as one of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates by the United Nations.

He will be joining 16 other influential and public figures from around the world who will bear the torch to promote the tenets, maintain global commitment and raise awareness and grow scalable actions to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

The 17- man list of SDG Advocates will be co-chaired by Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana.

They will be leveraging on their influences to help build bridges with their unique audiences, and work together to drive progress.

According to Guterres, the Advocates’ responsibility will be to build the ambition, drive action, and solidify the global and political will of the SDGs.

“We have the tools to answer the questions posed by climate change, environmental pressure, poverty and inequality. They lie in the great agreements of 2015 – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. But tools are no use if you don’t use them. So, today, and every day, my appeal is clear and simple; we need action, ambition, political will, more action, more ambition and more political will,” Guterres explained.

In addition, he noted that the Advocates will help inspire greater ambition, raise awareness, and push for faster action on the SDGs as were embraced by world leaders on Sept. 25 2015. “They are expected to use their unique platforms and leadership to inspire cross-cutting mobilisation of the global community to build the momentum for transformative and inclusive development by 2030.”

“By joining forces to achieve our goals, we can turn hope into reality – leaving no one behind,” Co-Chair of the SDGs Advocates Group Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway said in a statement as well.

The Advocates are selected from several sectors such as business, governments, academia, entertainment, activist organisations around and sports from around the globe.

The former Central Bank Governor of Nigeria has been having a running battle with the sitting Governor of his state, Abdullahi Ganduje over the criticism of his administration making the latter to whittle down the former’s authority by breaking up the powers of the Kano Emirate into Kano, Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi.

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