President Mahama launches SDGs in GhanaFeb 15, 2016
H.E President John Drama Mahama has formally launched the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ghana. The launch comes on the heels of his appointment as CO-Chair of 16 Eminent Advocates by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to assist in the campaign to achieve the SDGs.
Opening the event, which took place at the Accra International Conference Centre, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock, UN Resident Coordinator congratulated President Mahama for his appointment. She noted that it would require effective global leadership to successfully implement the Global Goals. She expressed the hope that President Mahama and the Eminent SDGs Advocates will support the UN Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
The UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin said President Mahama’s appointment as Co-Chair of SDGs Eminent Advocates tells the confidence the United Nations repose in Ghana. He noted that progress on SDGs implementation will help address some of the global development challenges including climate change.
Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, Director-General of the National Development Planning Commission which co-organised the event with the United Nations system in Ghana, said his outfit will mainstream and align the SDGs with national development plans and agendas.
President Mahama co-chairs the Eminent SDGs Advocates with the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg. On her behalf, H.E Hege Hertzberg, Norway’s Ambassador to Ghana, congratulated President Mahama, noting that by working together, the global community can achieve the SDGs in spite of the challenges.
Both the Majority Leader, Hon. Alban Bagbin and Minority Leader in Parliament Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu also commended President Mahama on his appointment, noting that Parliament is ready to support the implementation of the SDGs in Ghana and to help the President fulfil his assignment.
In inaugurating the SDGs in Ghana, H.E President John Mahama said the honor done him by the UN Secretary-General is an honor done Ghana, dedicating it to the good people of Ghana. He acknowledged roles played by all persons in leading Ghana’s position on the SDGs at the global front. He promised to work in concert with the Eminent Advocates to fulfil their mandate.
The launch of the SDGs in Ghana witnessed the participation of Ministers of State, Members of the Diplomatic Corp, Members of Parliament, Private Sector, Civil Society, Development Practitioners, Research and Academia. The event took place on the flanks of the 7th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights in Accra organized by UNFPA and Curious Minds.