UNDP Engages Planning Ministry on SDGs-related Planning and Policy Advocacy

Jul 4, 2018

On the front row is Ms Gita Welch, UNDP Country Director (right) and Prof. George Gyan Baffour, Minister of Planning (middle)

The Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ghana, Ms. Gita Honwana Welch led a delegation from UNDP to pay a courtesy call on the Minister of Planning, Prof. George Gyan Baffour, to discuss various development topics to improve collaboration between UNDP and the Planning Ministry.

Receiving the UNDP delegation in his office, Prof. Gyan-Baffour expressed appreciation to UNDP for its continued support for the planning ministry. He indicated that, with UNDP’s support, the planning ministry has a Senior Technical Advisor who provides advice to the Minister on many policies and initiatives. He added that UNDP has also supported several policy development processes over the years, which are highly commendable.

“We are grateful to UNDP for supporting the country, over the years, to develop poverty reduction and other development strategies, going back to the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy (2003-2005) and more recently, for contributing to the preparation of the President’s Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies (2017-2024)”, stated Prof. Gyan-Baffour.

Prof. Gyan-Baffour indicated that the Coordinated Programme was developed based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and seeks to promote an “Agenda for Jobs” in pursuit of Inclusive Growth and Development.

On her part, the UNDP Country Director, Ms. Welch emphasized UNDP’s role in the implementation of the SDGs within the framework of the broader UN system. She said, “UNDP is committed to contributing its support to assisting government and stakeholders with the implementation of the SDGs”.

The meeting also discussed UNDP’s new strategic direction in the context of the UN’s new Sustainable Development Partnership (UNSDP) with Ghana, which aims to support the Government of Ghana to achieve its national development goals and the country’s commitments to global development initiatives.  The discussion touched on on-going reforms in the UN Development System and the government’s focus on doing more to engage the private sector to enhance job creation. Highlights of the discussion centered on the potential to tap into new approaches for planning and projects implementation, using new technologies, and action-oriented multi-stakeholder platforms that bring together partners, including the private sector, to explore solutions to development challenges.

Ms Welch seized the opportunity to thank the Planning Minister for agreeing to be the Keynote Speaker at the launch of UNDP’s upcoming Human Development Report (HDR) for Northern Ghana. The Hon. Minister commended UNDP for the latest HDR on Northern Ghana, and further indicated his commitment to sign the forward and co-launch it with the President’s Coordinated Program of Economic and Social Development Policies (CPESDP 2017-2024) in the North.

The Northern Ghana HDR is the second of such regional reports developed by UNDP Ghana. The first was on the Western Region, following the production of several national and district level HDRs. The report explores human development outcomes in the context of significant socio-economic disparities and how best to promote transformation. It is expected that findings and recommendations from the report will provide useful inputs for policy discussions and for the development of integrated strategies. The minister also expressed his interest to engage in broad-based consultations around the theme and scope of the next HDR.  

 

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