The United Nations has announced the appointment of His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, as one of its new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates for 2019-2020.
António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General made the announcement on Thursday in New York.
The appointment is sequel to the UN member states’ agreement to accomplish the SDGs by 2030.
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Emir Sanusi is the only Nigerian on the 17-man secretary-general’s list of SDGs Advocates co-chaired by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway.
The selected advocates are tasked by the Secretary-General to promote the goals, raise awareness with new audiences, maintain global commitment and call for greater ambition and quantifiable actions to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
Meet @antonioguterres‘ newest advocates for people, planet and prosperity. They’ll be working around the world to raise awareness, inspire greater ambition & push for more action on the #GlobalGoals https://t.co/DUz2GgcwrR pic.twitter.com/saM6KLge8k
— United Nations (@UN) May 9, 2019
Emir Sanusi’s latest appointment comes few days after Nigeria’s telecoms giant, MTN appointed the former Central Bank governor as a Non-Executive Director effective July 1, 2019.
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The appointment of the Emir is part of a board room shake-up at Africa’s biggest wireless carrier, which will also see the on-boarding of South Africa’s former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas as a new group chairman.