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C'ttee appointed to promote SDGs

Feb. 18, 2016, 9:42 a.m.

Preesident John Dramani Mahama has announced the formation of a high-level committee for the development and implementation of plans towards the achievement of the Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) in the country.

The committee, which will be under his leadership, would rely on technical support from the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), and collaborative partnership from stakeholder institutions and civil society in achieving the global SDGs set out by the United Nations.

President Mahama, who is a Co-Chair of s group of 16 Eminent Advocates on SDGs, made the announcement in Accra when he launched the SDGs in Ghana.

According to him, the SDGs were in tandem with the nation's development plans, and that the committee would work to align the SDGs with the country's long-term development plan to ensure effective implementation.

the 17 SDGs adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on September 25, 2015 represents a committment by all nations to work together to end poverty and hunger, achieve shared prosperity, build peace, provide quality education, affordable and clean energy, achieve gender equality, and secure a life of dignity and a healthy planet for present and future generations.

Subsequently, the UN appointed Mahama and the Prime Minister of Norway, Ms Erna Solberg, as Co-Chairs of a group of 16 eminent SDGs Advocates to support  the UN Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and committment to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

The launching was also to commemorate the President's appointment as the co-chair. He welcomed the appointment , and indicated that he was mindful of the responsibility it placed on the nation.

Touching on his appointment, he dedicated the honour to all Ghanaians, saying, "the appointment is attributable to the image Ghana has carved for itself on the internatinal stage."

Apart from the country's creditably performance on the MDGs which won the recognition of the UN, he said the global community recognised Ghana's committment to the rule of law, human rights protection, good governance, economic development, peace and security, and eradication of poverty.

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. UN Under-Secretary General, in his remarks, congratulated President Mahama on his appointment, indicating that a high level of quality leadership was required to achieve the SDGs which he described as an inter-related global transformational plan.

He urged him amd the eminent persons to provide leadership to member states towards achieving the goals, and also called on African governments to invest more intio the development of the youth who are the future of the continent.

Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, Director-General of NDPC, for his part, said the commission has asked the Ministries, Departments and Agencies to align their sectoral development plans with the SDGs in line with the national SDG agenda.

In their remarks, the Majority Leader in Parliament, Alban Bagbin, and Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, both congratulated President Mahama for the appointment and honour to the nation, and gave assurance of Parliament's support to the SDGs agenda.

Source: Ghanaian Times/ Edmund Mingle

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this news report do not necessarily reflect the position of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)