SDGs, the GAPFRAME and Emergent Grand Challenges for C-suite Leaders in Nigeria

One of the high-points of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, in September 2015, was that world leaders adopted the sustainable development goals (SDGs) as a 15-year plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. In what appeared to be a worldwide consensual call to action on ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity,global leaders adopted 17 SDGs at that epochal event. That adoption, of what is otherwise known as Agenda 2030, marked the renewal of global focus on sustainability, such that it is likely to remain a key organizational issue over the next decade and a half.

The SDGs include ending poverty and hunger, ensuring social inclusion and high standard of living for all, protecting the environment, as well as promoting peace, justice, strong institutions and partnerships for the SDGs.

A normative framework, called the GAPFRAME, championed by a Swiss cross-sector initiative called the Swiss Sustainability Hub (SSH), translates the SDGs into relevant measures for each nation. It also serves as the basis for a strategic business tool, highlighting the gap between where we are today and where we need to be so that all of us can live well on one planet. What does the GAPFRAME suggest are the Grand Challenges that multi-stakeholders in Nigeria need to address? How can C-suite leaders help address these Grand Challenges?
These questions shall be unraveled here over the next two weeks.

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Pius O. Ughakpoteni

Currently a doctoral candidate at Business School Lausanne, Pius is an adept Ex-Journalist-turned-Public Relations, Management and Futuristic Sustainability Leadership Practitioner-Researcher. Passionate about continuous professional development, Pius earned three Master’s degrees from three universities in England in six years. These are: Master of Science in Business and Management Research from Henley Business School at University of Reading (2017); Master of Business Administration in Leadership and Sustainability from the University of Cumbria (2014) as well as Master of Arts in Leading Innovation and Change from York St John University (2013). He got a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Management from the University of Calabar in 1991. The following year, he began his working career as a Management Assistant. Two years later, he veered into Journalism as a Researcher/Reporter at Nigeria’s THISDAY newspaper. Pius worked on the Business, Energy and Politics desks in several newspapers, and eventually became Associate Editor of Leadership newspaper before he joined the public service. Since 2004, he has risen from Senior Manager position to Deputy Director at the Niger Delta Development Commission, an organisation set up by an Act of the Nigerian parliament to facilitate the sustainable development of the country’s Niger Delta region. Pius's areas of expertise include: Writing, Research, Public Relations, Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement. His research interests lie at the intersection of leadership, sustainability, innovation, change and strategy implementation. He is fascinated by collaboration and constructive engagement for change as well as by questions around how to work with top executives to advance corporate sustainability performance for the good of all.

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