UN Lauds Ghana’s Efforts at Achieving MDGs
The United Nations (UN) has lauded Ghana’s efforts at achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In its final evaluation report co-authored with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), it stated that Ghana favourably achieved four of the eight goals.
The country, according to the report significantly met MDGs I and II: Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and achieving universal primary education.
Also, Ghana largely achieved Goal IV on reducing child mortality and Goal VIII on developing global partnership.
Although the country failed to meet Goal VI on combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases as well as Goal III on promoting gender equality and women empowerment, it performed favourably at efforts to meet them.
Ghana failed to meet Goal V on reducing maternal health and Goal VII on ensuring environmental sustainability.
However, UN Resident Coordinator Christine Evans-Klock, noted that Ghana must not be complacent since there was more to be done.
She said although the global picture points to substantial progress at meeting the eight MDGs, more needs to be done.
“I think things have gotten better. That is not to say anybody is satisfied, but we do need to recognise that things have gotten better,” said Ms Evans-Klock.
Technical Advisor at the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) said the Commission’s own assessment shows that Ghana was able to achieve 73% in all thirty-seven indicators under the MDGs.
“Ghana was far ahead in terms of achievement if you compare to other countries,” he said.
The MDGs will expire this month after 15 years of implementation. It will be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Instructively, Ghana joined 192 other countries to adopt the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ending poverty by addressing the root causes of the canker; promote prosperity and well-being of Ghanaians and protect the environment.
The new development agenda targets 169 indicators aimed at tackling key systemic barriers to sustainable development such as inequality, unsustainable consumption and production patterns, inadequate infrastructure and lack of decent jobs.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this news report do not neccesarily reflect the position of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)