Social Good Summit 2015 in Ghana focuses on the new Sustainable Development Goals

Sep 23, 2015

To raise awareness around the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ghana has partnered with the Multimedia Group Limited (MGL) to hold the Social Good Summit 2015.

“The Social Good Summit is a flagship event for UNDP,” says UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “We plan to use the Social Good Summit’s platform and audience to help governments and partners launch the Sustainable Development Goals to help make the new Global Goals a household name everywhere.”

The event, supported by Unilever, Standard Chartered Bank and the Global Compact Network featured a panel discussion of Ghana’s MDGs achievements and lessons for SDGs implementation.  

With the theme, “New Goals. New power. New technology,” the Social Good Summit in Ghana was held at the Alisa Hotel where students, academia, policy analysts, private sector, civil society organizations and government officials interacted on the implications of the SDGs implementation for Ghana.

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 in September. Making the Goals famous will be the first important step in achieving this new and ambitious development agenda.

Adopted by all 193 UN Member States, the Sustainable Development Goals are 17 ambitious goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030. UNDP Ghana stands as a ready partner to support Ghana and others to carry forward achieving the Goals at the national level by 2030.

In New York, coinciding with the Sustainable Development Summit where the Goals were adopted, the Social Good Summit took place from 27-28 September, and considered how people and communities are using digital tools to plan for a brighter future by the year 2030. A wide range of speakers from across different sectors and backgrounds include: Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator;  Richard Curtis, Director, Writer, Producer, Founder Project Everyone; Graça Machel; Patti Smith, Musician and Activist; Charlize Theron, UN Messenger of Peace; and Jimmy Wales, Founder & Chairman Wikipedia & Wikimedia Foundation and many more. 

About Social Good Summit

Each September, world leaders come together at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss global issues and ways in which to tackle them. Recognizing that the voices and ideas of concerned global citizens connected by social media and technology can be powerful forces for change, UNDP Mashable, 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation first partnered in 2009 to host the Social Good Summit in New York to expand the UN conversations to include innovators, activists and entrepreneurs around the world. Now in its sixth year, the Social Good Summit continues to grow in impact and reach to unite global citizens to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place.

About UNDP

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

Contact information

Bossman Owusu, Communications Analyst, UNDP in Ghana, E-mail: bossman.owusu@undp.org, Tel: 0542 814 878, Twitter: @UNDPGhana

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