Pan-African Conference on Inequalities to take place in Accra in April

Accra – A 3-day international conference on the theme Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation will take place in Accra from April 28- 30, 2014. About 200 participants will discuss how the “…global development framework and the character of the transformation process have likely contributed to growing disparities…”. The conference is expected to forge linkages between the ongoing African developmental debates and the discussions on a post-MDGs development framework and contribute to the African agenda on inequalities in the context of the Africa 2063 agenda.

The Accra conference is a follow up to the Global Consultation on Inequalities, hosted jointly by the Government of Denmark and the Government of Ghana in February last year in the context of the Post-2015 development agenda consultation process.

For details, read the full press release issued by the National Development Planning Commission or visit the conference website.

United Nations organises outreach activities in Northern and Upper East regions of Ghana

Tamale - The United Nations Information Centre, Accra, in partnership with the UN Communications Group, has held 2 days UN4U outreach events for selected schools in the Upper East and Northern regions of Ghana.  The events were held in Navrongo and Tamale respectively and attended by a total of about 350 students of Senior High Schools and the University for Development Studies (UDS).

Cross section of the audience at the Navrongo UN4U event

Cross section of the audience at the Navrongo UN4U event

Students from the Notre Dame Minor Seminary Senior High School (Notre Dame MSSHS), Sandema Senior Technical School and the UDS Navrongo campus got the opportunity to hear of the history of the United Nations and how it works with national partners to combat poverty, hunger, diseases and other challenges.  The 1-hour presentation by UNIC Accra National Information Officer, Ms Cynthia Prah, was followed by a question and answer session. Continue reading

Formalise Non-State Stakeholder Participation in the Extractive Industries – Says UNU-INRA Book

Accra - Formalising the interactions between non-state stakeholders and public agencies for collaborative governance could help in addressing some of the challenging issues in Africa’s extractive industries, says the United Nations University- Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), in a book entitled “Collaborative Governance in Extractive Industries in Africa”,

For further information, see the full press release issued by UNU-INRA.

UNIDO Director General visits Ghana, highlights importance of inclusive and sustainable industrial development

Accra – The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, has commended the ambition of the Government of Ghana to transform the economy and foster the creation of employment to achieve long-term socio-economic goals.  He however stressed the need for introducing policies to safeguard the environment and enhance green growth strategies in the country.  He made these remarks during his recent visit to Ghana. For details please read the full press release issued by UNIDO. 

Salaga Slave Heritage sites to be upgraded to attract tourists and preserve history

Salaga, March 25, 2014 - The East Gonja District Chief Executive, Mohammed Aminu Lukumanu says the District is working with the Ghana Tourist Board to upgrade the Salaga Slave Heritage sites to attract more tourists to the sites. He is therefore appealing to benevolent organisations for support towards this drive.  According to Mr. Lukumanu “we will be able to preserve and therefore transfer any knowledge on the history of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade to generations yet unborn if we are able to attract more visitors to the sites”.

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60 students to tour Salaga heritage site as the world remembers victims of slavery

Accra, March 20, 2014 – The United Nations Information Centre, Accra will this year partner with the Ghana Museums and Monument Board (GMMB), UNESCO and the Ghana Education Service to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Salaga, Northern region on Tuesday, March 25, 2013.

About 60 students drawn from three Senior High Schools in the Northern region are expected to participate in an exciting educative tour of the Salaga Market, a slave heritage site where they will be made to understand the link between slavery in West Africa and Haiti and the Caribbean.

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Ms. Susan Namondo Ngongi serves as UN Resident Coordinator (Ad interim) for Ghana

Accra - Ms Susan Namondo Ngongi, the current UNICEF country representative, is also serving as Resident Coordinator (ad interim) for Ghana following the departure of Ms Ruby Sandhu-Rojon last week to take up a new appointment as the Deputy Regional Director of UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa.

Ms Susan Ngongi

Ms Susan Ngongi

Prior to her coming to Ghana, Ms  Ngongi has worked with UNICEF across Africa spanning over a decade. She started her UNICEF career in 2000 as an emergencies specialist in Sudan before moving into a co-ordination role with UNICEF’s regional office for Eastern and Southern Africa and UNICEF headquarters in New York.

Susan supported programme development, monitoring and evaluation as Deputy Representative in Liberia in 2008. She then moved to the Comoros as Representative in 2010, three years later she took the post of UNICEF Representative in Ghana.

Ms Ngongi will serve as UN Resident Coordinator ai until a new Resident Coordinator is named.

Ms Ngongi is a Cameroonian. She has a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University, USA and a Masters in Animal Health from the University of Reading, UK.

UNIC partners with local NGO to organise essay competition on gender equality

Accra – About 400 female students aged 10 – 14 years will be involved in an essay competition this year to mark International Day of the Girl Child in October.  The competition, known as the Model Girls Essay Competition, is the second being organised by Insight Foundation Ghana, an NGO, in collaboration with UNIC Accra, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Ghana Education Service of the Ministry of Education.

UNIC NIO Ms Cynthia Prah addressing  the gathering

UNIC NIO Ms Cynthia Prah addressing the gathering

The main objective of the essay competition, which has been launched in Accra as part of activities to mark International Women’s Day, is to sensitize the public and create awareness on the gender-related issues while motivating female students to enhance their research and writing skills.

The Acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Christiana Gockel, launched the competition. The Executive Director of the Ghana Book Trust, Genevieve Eba-Polley who was the guest speaker, admonished students to take their education and reading seriously. The National Information Officer, Ms Cynthia Prah, commended IFG for such an initiative to get young girls think and write on the topic “…Innovative ways of improving gender equality in Ghana”. She however encouraged IFG to involve boys in such competitions.

UNIC Accra will be part of a team of partners to carry out outreach activities on “improving gender equality” in the 14 participation schools in the Greater Accra region until the essays are written in May.

Japan donates US$300,000 to support WFP assistance to Ivorian refugees in Ghana

ACCRA – The Government of Japan has donated US$300,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food assistance to 8,500 Ivorian refugees in Ghana. The contribution will allow WFP to distribute enough food to cover their needs for the next two months. Three refugee camps will benefit from this assistance. Read the full press release. 



UN family bids Resident Coordinator farewell

Accra – With goodwill messages and testimonies of some of the fondest memories of the outgoing UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, the UN family in Ghana has bid their leader farewell.  A brief and emotionally charged ceremony was held today, the last day of her stay as UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana.  About a 100 people including staff of the UN, partners and close acquaintances attended the event which was held on the green lawn of the UNDP in Accra.

Ruby cuts the farewell cake

Ruby cutting the farewell cake

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