President John Mahama yesterday launched the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ghana, with a call on stakeholders to put their shoulders to the wheel to ensure the success of the programme which seeks to better the lives of the people.
To serve as an impetus for the smooth implementation of the SDGs, the President has constituted a high-level committee in the country under his supervision to spearhead the implementation of the programme.
Launching the SDGs in Accra, President Mahama expressed the commitment of the government to ensure that the country achieved the goals contained in the programme and pledged to work with civil society organisations and other interest groups to realise that objective.
The launch brought together members of the diplomatic corps, officials of the UN system in Ghana, ministers of state and traditional authorities. A video promoting the 17 goals of the SDGs was shown at the ceremony.
On September 25, 2015, the United Nations (UN) adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of new SDGs.
Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years under the collaboration of governments, the private sector and individuals.
The UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, in January this year appointed President Mahama and the Norwegian Prime Minister, Ms Erna Solberg, as co-chairs of a group of SDG advocates.
The group has been tasked to promote the universal SDGs, raise awareness of the integrated nature of the SDGs and foster the engagement of stakeholders for their implementation.
Dedicating the honour done him to the people of Ghana and the African continent at large in view of the diverse backgrounds of the other advocates of the SDGs, President Mahama pledged to use his experience in public service for the past 20 years to work diligently as a co-chair of the Goals.
Ghana’s role in the UN
The President stated that Ghana’s involvement with the UN had been longstanding and mentioned the country’s role in UN peacekeeping operations and said “Ghana would continue to avail itself to the UN in pursuit of global peace”.
The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Christine Evans-Klock, described President Mahama’s appointment as a reflection of Ghana’s leading role in Africa towards achieving the SDGs.
She explained that the country had made sustainable advancement in reducing HIV and AIDS infection.
She said the UN had been working with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and other organisations to craft an action plan consistent with the objectives of the SDGs.
SDGs in development framework
Speaking on the SDGs as an enabler for Ghana’s medium and long-term development plan, the Director General of the NDPC, Dr Nii Moi Thompson, said the implementation of the SDGs was being incorporated in the national development framework which would help transform Ghana’s economy.
He indicated that the NDPC was putting in place a spatial development framework to bring sanity into the built environment, adding that a national infrastructure plan was being put in place to attain energy efficiency in the country.
Dr Thompson intimated that the commission was making the effort to align five out of the 17 goals of the SDGs into Ghana’s long-term development plan.
Source: Daily Graphic
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