Lagos, Nigeria, 02 February 2023 — For the last 7 years, the Sustainable Development Goals have served as the framework for governments all over the world to deliver prosperity to people and our planet. In 2021, we saw firsthand the effects of the pandemic on human development. Since the SDGs are a road map for humanity as they include almost every aspect of human and environmental needs, if properly implemented, they would bring development to the doorsteps of the common man.

As with every election cycle, there is tremendous hope for reaching the yearnings of citizens through campaign promises, agenda and manifestos advanced by candidates seeking to be elected. For the first time, the Nigeria Network of NGOs is launching a report that links the manifestos of the three major candidates in the 2023 Presidential elections to the SDGs.

The report called the SDGs Manifesto Index objectively assesses the relevance of the SDGs to the manifestos presented by Presidential candidates of the All-Progressive Congress (APC), Labour Party (LP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This publication marks a significant milestone in the journey of tracking SDGs implementation by the new administration that will be ushered in by the 2023 general elections using each prospective candidate’s manifesto as an entry point. The Index helps to better understand how a candidate’s plans and promises relate to the SDGs framework.

The SDGs Manifesto Index report finds that Goal 8 of the SDGs (Decent Work and Economic Growth) has more relevance in the Manifestos of the 3 Presidential Candidates namely Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (APC), Peter Obi (Labour Party) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (PDP).  The Index detected 14 goals in the “Renewed Hope 2023-Action Plan for a Better Nigeria” document of the Asiwaju-Shettima ticket that addresses the SDGs. For the “It’s Possible-Our Pact with Nigerians” document of the Obi-Baba Ahmed ticket, 14 goals were detected while 16 were retrieved in the “A Covenant with Nigerians” of the Atiku-Okowa ticket.

The report noted that the APC candidate’s manifesto will help achieve 46 SDG targets, LP, 55 and PDP 62 out of the 169 SDG targets. In addition, the Index searched for specific references to the words “Sustainable Development Goals” or “2030 Agenda” in the various documents, 11 instances were found for Atiku Abubakar, 3 for Peter Obi, and none for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“Reviewing promises, priorities, and strategies of the three major Presidential candidates in the 2023 elections through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is necessary for focusing attention on the goals” said Oyebisi, B. Oluseyi, Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs. “We will perform a post-election review of the manifesto of whoever wins the 2023 elections and develop an indicator for measurement based on United Nations (UN) SDGs indicators with input from development experts and other stakeholders. The indicators will help spotlight how progress towards the design and implementation of activities towards the manifesto including how this will be monitored and evaluated”. Oyebisi added.

The SDGs Manifesto Index has been developed using text mining and natural language processing tool developed by the European Union Joint Research Center with an additional conceptual design and framework by the Index Team at NNNGO forming part of the process. It also benefited from further review by a group of SDGs experts drawn from within civil society.

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About the SGDs Manifesto Index

The SDGs Manifesto Index comes ahead of the 2023 elections, a baseline for tracking campaign promises and their linkage to the SDGs aimed at mobilising political leaders and galvanising action towards attainment of the goals. It forms the basis of the work of the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) in the next four years of the new administration to track progress towards implementing the global goals.

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