Ghana celebrates 50 years of UNDP’s leadership in development support

Aug 17, 2016

Government of Ghana celebrates UNDP's presence in Ghana (Photo credit: Bossman Owusu/UNDP)

The Government of Ghana, under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has organized an event to celebrate UNDP’s contribution and achievements to Ghana’s development.

The UNDP Associate Administrator, Mr. Tegegnework Gettu joined Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Hanna Tetteh, who is also a UNDP Champion to mark this event in Accra in the presence of other ministers and government functionaries.

“Today’s event is a celebration of the longstanding partnership between UNDP and the Government and people of Ghana”, said Mr. Gettu. “It is also a celebration of the progress and the leadership shown by the countries of the developing world such as Ghana.”

Since late 1978 when UNDP signed its Standard Basic Agreement with the Government of Ghana, it has accompanied Ghana through regimes of transformation agendas and quest for ensuring better living standards for the people of Ghana.

In her address, Hon Hanna Tetteh commended UNDP for its enduring support to Ghana, recalling in particular the organization’s support to the promotion of tourism in the country since early days. “UNDP has been a reliable partner and has been with us every step of the way”, says Hon. Tetteh.

On his part, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Seth Tekper in a speech read on his behalf noted that the 50th anniversary celebration offers an opportunity to mark Ghana’s vibrant and steady partnership with the UNDP, which he believes has contributed to Ghana’s turnaround story. “Government and the UNDP have over the years partnered to implement development programmes with the view of improving the living conditions of Ghanaians through policy advocacy and development delivery.”

UNDP’s global journey started in January 1966 when it was formed. Since then, it has been at the forefront of efforts to eradicate poverty, hunger and disease, create jobs and livelihoods, empower women, support recovery from disasters and other crises, protect the environment, and more.

In Ghana, UNDP has been supporting national efforts and capacity building for sustainable human development through a number of interlinked programmes that cut across Democratic Governance and Peace Building, Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth.

Different programmes have been delivered in line with Ghana’s development strategies, anchored within the broader context of the UN Delivering as One under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

These efforts have helped empower lives and contributed to a more resilient Ghana through eradicating extreme poverty, promoting gender equality, bridging inequality, promoting representation and participation in decision making at all levels and building credible national institutions.  It has also helped reshape Ghana’s commitment and response to a future that is environmentally friendly and naturally sustainable.

“Moving forward, UNDP will continue to support Ghana to achieve its strategic priorities in advancing its democratic dispensation, improving access to justice, protecting fundamental rights and freedoms, promoting peace and strengthening social cohesion while empowering women, youth and people with disabilities”, said Mr. Tegegnework Gettu.

Hon Hannah Tetteh also noted that UNDP’s 50th anniversary celebration coincides with Ghana’s next general election, slated for December 7 and used the opportunity to reiterate Government’s commitment to the conduct of peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.

Also present at the event were members of the diplomatic corps, members of parliament, heads of government ministries, departments and agencies, private sector, philanthropy, civil society and staff of UN agencies including UNDP.

“As we commemorate this milestone, I am confident that the United Nations Development Programme’s close partnership with Ghana will continue to thrive and contribute to shaping the Ghanaian destiny”, concluded Mr. Gettu.

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