For the first time in Nigeria, the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs and one hundred and sixty nine targets of the United Nations has been successfully translated into an indigenous language.
The launch of the document containing the translation of the SDGs into the Yoruba language was held at the Mapo Hall, Oja Oba, Ibadan.
Radio Nigeria Correspondent reports that the event was put together by the United Nations Information Centre for Nigeria and the Oyo state Government.
The Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs and targets of the United Nations was launched to build on the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs to realize the human rights of all and achieve gender equality.
The United Nations, therefore believe that indigenous language was key to communicating these goals and targets to all its one hundred and ninety three member states, to achieve inclusive participation.
Director, United Nations Information Centre for Nigeria, Mr. Ronald Kayanja explained that the SDGs and targets were first translated into Yoruba language because it is one of the most widely spoken indigenous language in Africa.
Mr. Kayanja said the occasion should herald a mass mobilisation to achieving the SDGs among the Yoruba speaking people, while pledging the commitment of the United Nations to continue to support the Oyo state government in promoting cultural values.
Speaking on behalf of the Oyo state government, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun noted that the translation of the SDGs into Yoruba language would serve as catalyst towards achieving the UN goals by the proposed 2030.
Mr. Arulogun said the Oyo state government had keyed into the sustainable development goals as part of its commitment to improving the welfare of people of the state.
Veteran journalist and Yoruba language enthusiast, Chief Bamiji Ojo expressed delight in the successful translation of the SDGs in Yoruba language, describing it as the right step towards the preservation of indigenous language.
The document containing the Yoruba translation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations was formally launched by the Otun Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Lekan Balogun on the occasion.