UNDP joins University of Cape Coast students for the 2017 Social Good Summit

Sep 25, 2017

Participants of the 2017 Social Good Summit in Cape Coast

More than 500 students participated in the 2017 Social Good Summit (#2030NOW) which took place at the Auditorium 900 of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana's Central Region on Wednesday, September 20.  

The session was the fourth successive annual event implemented in Ghana since the maiden one in 2014. It was hosted jointly by UNDP and the Casely Hayford (CASFORD) Hall of the University of Cape Coast with support from Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited.

The 2017 event had the future in focus.

UNDP Economic Specialist, Mr. Kordzo Sedegah shared insights on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 to replace the MDGs until 2030. Communications Analyst, Mr. Bossman Owusu also engaged the participants on career opportunities within the UN and elsewhere.

Participants, mostly students from tertiary institutions and some senior high schools in the region, had the oppportunity to ask questions and receive feedback on issues explored. "The discussions around the SDGs and career have been useful and a real eye-opener for me. This event has certainly shaped my decisions and choices for the future and I'm prepared to take actions for the SDGs", said Hilda, a participant from the Ghana National College in Cape Coast. 

The executives of the Casely Hayford Hall also used the occasion to launch the Hall's 50th anniversary celebrations, scheduled for October.

Concluding, the Chairperson for the occasion, Dr. Edem Amenumey, a lecturer at the UCC thanked UNDP for the support and the Casely Hayford Hall for organising the event. He said more of such useful, interactive engagements are needed to keep students informed.

The Social Good Summit in Ghana is part of more than 100 Social Good Summits organized around the world to raise awareness of Sustainable Development Goals. It connects voices and ideas of concerned global citizens by leveraging social media and technology, recognising that they can be powerful forces for change.  

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