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Dr Eghosa Ekhator.

Dr Eghosa Ekhator is currently in Nigeria, to deliver a workshop about implementing the SDG framework in the country.

According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), SDGs, otherwise known as the Global Goals, are 17 interconnected objectives with a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. They include climate change, economic inequality, and sustainable consumption.

Dr Ekhator has received financial support from the Global Challenges Fund to undertake a scoping project on SDGs in Nigeria. He is taking part in a workshop on Wednesday December 19, at the University of Benin, which has been organised in collaboration with the institution’s SDGs Unit. The aim of the day is to build a research network in the country, to explore barriers, prospects and strategies to attaining the sustainable development goals by 2030. Experts on sustainable development and SDGs will give presentations at the workshop, which is for students, members of the academic community and the general public.

The aims of the project include:

  • Developing a network of project partners across a range of disciplines, including; climate change, gender equality, migration, social and environmental justice, developmental studies, economics and smart cities.
  • Working with project partners to develop a pathway document on strategies that may be employed to achieve SDGs targets in Nigeria and inform policy.
  • Exploring the potential to develop collaborative research with a range of academic institutions (especially University of Benin) in Nigeria.

Dr Ekhator said: “If the workshop is successful, I hope to collaborate with the University of Benin to apply for funding (under the auspices of the UK government)​​ to take this project forward. By promoting accountability and sustainability, we hope this ultimately leads to strengthened national and local collaboration in Nigeria, and accelerated action on advancing the SDGs to national Nigerian government and Member States.”

Dr Ekhator’s main area of interest is environmental rights and justice issues in developing countries, including Nigeria and the African Union. He has published in reputable/peer reviewed journals including the Journal of African Law, African Journal of International & Comparative Law, Environmental Law Review, Commonwealth Law Bulletin, Annual Survey of International and Comparative Law and International Energy Law Review amongst others.

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