UN Secretary-General extends Prime Minister’s role as SDG Advocate

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has announced the new composition of his Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group; He has called on Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, to continue her work as Co-chair, together with the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

At a UN Summit in 2015, UN member states agreed on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Secretary-General’s SDG Advocates were subsequently appointed to mobilise the global community to achieve the SDGs. 

In 2013, soon after becoming Norway’s Prime Minister, Ms Solberg was appointed Co-chair of the Advocacy Group for the previous set of goals – the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – by the then UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

With a renewed mandate from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Ms Solberg is now actively engaged in the work to achieve the global goals for the sixth consecutive year. 

In Ms Solberg’s view, the 2030 Agenda, with the 17 SDGs, provides the best policy framework and the best action plan for achieving a just, equitable, and sustainable world for all. Success will require the full participation of political leaders, international organisations, the private sector, civil society and educational institutions. 


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