Accra, 8 February 2016 – The 7th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights (ACSHR) opens in Accra today under the theme ‘Realizing Demographic Dividend in Africa: the Critical Importance of Adolescents and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH&R)’. The 5-day long conference will include a number of side events such as lecture and round table discussions.
A media advisory issued by the UNFPA Ghana office indicates that the conference is being attended by the UN Under-Secretary General and UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin who is expected to give the keynote address at the opening ceremony today. Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin will also give a lecture to the Honourable Members of Parliament on Ghana’s development prospects given the nation’s population dynamics, & SRH&R, the demographic dividend & achieving the 2030 Agenda in the context of Ghana’s development vision on Wednesday 10 February 2016. He will then participate in a Ministerial round table being organized with the endorsement of the Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana on the topic – Risk and Opportunity in Ghana’s Harnessing of the Demographic Dividend on Thursday 11 February 2016.
The National Development Planning Commission and the UN in Ghana will also capitalize on the UN Under-Secretary General’s visit to commemorate the appointment of H.E. John Dramani Mahama, the President of the Republic of Ghana, by the UN Secretary-General as Co-Chair of Eminent Advocates Group for the Sustainable Development Goals which came into effect January 2016. This will take place at the Accra International Conference Center on Friday 12 February 2016.