The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Christine Evans-Klock, on Monday called for partnership across societies towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ghana.
She said the SDGs, which were about inclusive development, would work when stakeholders worked together to ensure that no one was left behind.
She was speaking at a high-level dialogue in Accra on the implementation of the SDGs as part of activities to commemorate this year’s UN Day which falls on October 24.
The dialogue brought together experts, policy makers and students to provide a platform for an in-depth discussion on Ghana’s efforts at implementing the SDGs, the gaps and challenges.
Evans-Klock, who described the SDGs as people’s agenda, said the goals were so ambitious that they also required collective efforts.
“A whole of government approach is needed to bring all parts and levels of government together with the private sector, civil societies, development partners to work together,” she said.
She called on the youth in Ghana to participate in achieving these goals and do what they could to bring them about.
“The UN is here to be your partner in that,” Evans-Klock said.
Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) One, which aimed at reducing extreme poverty by half, ahead of the 2015 target date.
The West African country also made substantial progress in cutting HIV prevalence, increasing access to primary education for girls and boys equally and for reducing hunger.
Despite this feat, a lot of people live in poverty.
“At least, about one in five Ghanaians is considered poor which for us at the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) is way too high,” said Felix Addo-Yobo, a senior official of the organization.
He said the NDPC wholly embraced the idea of the SDGs and a national implementation committee had been set up with representations from key national institutions to help bridge the gap existing between the various implementing agencies.
A co-chair of the Civil Society Organization Platform on the 2030 Sustainable Agenda, Joyce Larnyoh, said her outfit was working hard to create the awareness for people to actually localize and own the SDGs.
As a testimony of Ghana’s development credentials and role in the formulation of the SDGs, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appointed Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as co-chair of the Group of Eminent Advocates for achieving the SDGs. Enditem