n African Journal of Reproductive Health - The challenge of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa : the way forward - : commentary

Volume 20 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1118-4841
  • E-ISSN: 2141-3606


Nations of the world met in September 2015 at the UN in New York and adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which were agreed by governments in 2000 and which came to an end in 2015. The MDGs concentrated largely, though not exclusively, on social outcomes while key development priorities, such as infrastructure and energy, were absent from the list. The SDGs (Table 1) reflect the challenges we face in development, emphasising the underlying drivers of sustainable development and not just measurable outcomes. The SDGs have adopted an all-inclusive approach, taking on board challenges faced by all nations and promoting the cooperation between the private and public sector in the execution of the goals.

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