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Ghana launches SDGs and commemorates appointment of President Mahama as co-chair of SDGs eminent advocates

Feb. 18, 2016, 1:06 p.m.

Ghana has officially launched the Sustainable Development Goals, paving the way for national discussions and advocacy on the global agenda and its relationship to the national development plan. The launch was performed by the President John Dramani Mahama at an event which many see as significant to ensure national ownership of the SDGs. The launch was also an opportunity to officially congratulate the appointment of President Mahama as Co-chair of SDGs Eminent Advocates by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Organised by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and the United Nations in Ghana, with support from the Office of the President, the event brought together high-level UN dignitaries attending the 7th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Human Rights in Accra, Ministers of State and members of the diplomatic corps.

The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock noted that the breath of SDGs Eminent Advocates reflects the breath of partnership needed to achieve the SDGs. She congratulated President Mahama for his role as Co-chair of SDGs Eminent Advocates and Ghana’s leadership on the continent on the global agenda.

In a passionate remark, the Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin said the SDGs “is about pride, is about ownership and is about sustainability”.  This he said requires effective leadership by member states and that President Mahama’s appointment as Co-chair of SDGs Eminent Advocates reflects the trust the UN has on Ghana to lead the world and member states in particular to attain the SDGs.

Dr. Osotimehin said the potential of the continent to make progress lies in the youth and called on governments to invest in them. “Africa time has come and it is in the young people” he added.

The Ambassador of Norway, HE Hege Hertzberg, congratulated President Mahama on behalf of his Co-chair, the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. She said like any other country, Norway will struggle to meet the SDGs, but “we can achieve only when we work together”.

There were remarks by the Director General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), and the Minority and Majority Leaders of Parliament, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu and Hon. Alban S.K. Bagbin respectively.

President John Dramani Mahama, expressed his profound appreciation to the UN Secretary-General for his appointment which he dedicated to the people of Ghana.  He paid tribute to the relentless efforts by all the people who contributed to the development of the global agenda. The President promised to work with his team of eminent advocates to ensure a better world.

Source: Unicnetwork.org

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this news report do not necessarily reflect the position of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)

 

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