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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