Accra, 12 February 2016 – Ghana has officially launched the Sustainable Development Goals, paving the way for national discussions and advocacy on the global agenda and its relationship to the national development plan. The launch was performed by the President John Dramani Mahama at an event which many see as significant to ensure national ownership of the SDGs. The launch was also an opportunity to officially congratulate the appointment of President Mahama as Co-chair of SDGs Eminent Advocates by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Ms Evans-Klock delivery her statement
Organised by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and the United Nations in Ghana, with support from the Office of the President, the event brought together high-level UN dignitaries attending the 7th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Human Rights in Accra, Ministers of State and members of the diplomatic corps.
Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin
The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock noted that the breath of SDGs Eminent Advocates reflects the breath of partnership needed to achieve the SDGs. She congratulated President Mahama for his role as Co-chair of SDGs Eminent Advocates and Ghana’s leadership on the continent on the global agenda.
In a passionate remark, the Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin said the SDGs “is about pride, is about ownership and is about sustainability”. This he said requires effective leadership by member states and that President Mahama’s appointment as Co-chair of SDGs Eminent Advocates reflects the trust the UN has on Ghana to lead the world and member states in particular to attain the SDGs. Continue reading
Accra, 12 February 2016 – Ghana has decisively promised to make sure the Sustainable Development Goals is attained in the country and to provide leadership role to make the world a better place. Consequently, the Government of Ghana has constituted a national High-Level Committee, under the leadership of the President, HE John Dramani Mahama, to oversee the implementation of national plans to meet the SDG targets.
HE President Mahama in a handshake with UN Resident Coordinator
President Mahama announced this when he officially launched the SDGs in the country at an event to commemorate his appointment as Co-chair of the SDGs Eminent Advocates.
President Mahama said his appointment as Co-chair of SDG Eminent Advocates is attributable to the respect that the world and the United Nations have for Ghana. He added that “my appointment reflects the good work that we are doing as a nation and our contribution to global development”. President Mahama therefore dedicated his appointment to all Ghanaians and promised that Ghana “will continue to make itself available to the United Nations to achieve its mandate for a better world”.
HE President Mahama making an address on SDGs
Following President Mahama’s statement, the Ghana Police Band sounded a post to officially launch the SDGs in Ghana.
The event was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, Ministers of State, Representatives of Think Tanks, CSOs and youth groups. Also present were heads of UN agencies including participants attending the 7th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Human Rights, namely Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, Ms. Jan Beagle, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Tijana Bukar, FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Africa and Ms. Christine Muhigana, UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa.
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.
The conference is under the distinguished patronage of the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana and President of the African First Ladies Against HIV & AIDS (OAFLA), Her Excellency Dr. Lordina Mahama,
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.
Tema, January 27, 2016 – Over 200 students from four senior high schools have taken part in an educational activity on International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The event began with a presentation on the significance of the Day which focused on this year’s theme “The Holocaust and Human Dignity”, by the National Information Officer of the UN Information Centre in Accra, Ms. Cynthia Prah. She said, the Holocaust reminds us of the danger and consequences of remaining indifferent to happenings around us, among others. Reiterating the message of the UN Secretary-General on the Day, Ms. Prah called on students to denounce injustice, prejudice and discrimination.
Students at the exhibition stand
The film “The Path to Nazi Genocide”, which was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, was screened. “It examines the Nazis’ rise and consolidation of power in Germany and explores their ideology and prosecution of Jews and outlines the path by which the Nazis and their collaborators led a state to war and to the murder of millions of people”. The film stimulated discussions among the students and teachers. “This film is very educative and I am sure it can inspire some students to study history” one teacher noted.
cross section of the audience during the film screening
The President of the History Students Association of the University of Ghana, Mark Agyapong took the students through lessons that can be drawn from the Holocaust including the responsibility for states to protect its citizenry and the need to denounce anti-Semitism and significance of embracing diversity.
Present at the event to deliver the message of the UNESCO Director General was a Programme Officer of UNESCO Ghana office, Mr. Carl Ampah.
An exhibition, detailing the timeline of the Holocaust and the UN was mounted at the school.
Accra, January 28, 2016 – The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2016 fellowship programme. The application deadline is March 18, 2016.
The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly. The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance.
The fellowship program is open to journalists who are natives to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America/the Caribbean and are currently working for media organizations. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to international affairs and to conveying a better understanding of the United Nations to their readers and audiences. They must also have approval from their media organizations to spend up to three months in New York to report from the United Nations.
Further information is available in the detailed press release.
Cape Coast, January 26, 2016 – The Israeli and German Embassies, in collaboration with the United Nations in Ghana and the University of Cape Coast, have held a lecture as part of activities to commemorate this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day in the country. The event took place at the University of Cape Coast, some 150 km outside Accra. The choice of the location was also to reflect on the threat posed to us all when genocide and crimes against humanity are allowed to occur. Cape Coast is the location of the Cape Coast castle, a place known for its role during slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.
A section of the audience
The lecture, which was on the theme for this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day; “Holocaust and Human Dignity” was delivered by Mrs. Lea Roshkovsky, an educator from Yad Vashem. She presented, with images and videos, a vivid account of the Holocaust and its impact on the dignity of the victims and future generations. Her presentation was followed by an intensive question-and-answer session from the audience, who included members of the diplomatic community, lecturers and students of the University and its Senior High School.
Tirso Dos Santos
There were statements by the Ambassadors of Israel, H.E. Ami Mehl, the Ambassador of Germany, H.E. Rudiger John and a representative of the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. D.D. Kuupole.
The Head of UNESCO Office in Ghana, Mr. Tirso Dos Santos, presented the UN Secretary General’s message to mark the Day. The message expounded on the significance of the annual commemoration of the Holocaust Remembrance. Continue reading
21 January 2016 – The Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Eugene Owusu, presided over a medal parade held for the Ghanaian battalion in Bentiu, South Sudan. Up to 300 Ghanaian troops received medals in recognition for their service to UN peacekeeping.
Owusu encouraged the peacekeepers to continue bring hope to the people of South Sudan to continue to work with the communities to alleviate their suffering.
“The situation in South Sudan is difficult at the moment. The world’s youngest country has encountered many challenges since optimism and hope that first came with independence. It is encouraging that the big guns silent, and that the peace process is broadly holding. We cherish and that a Transitional on National Unity will be formed soon to give the long suffering people of South Sudan the opportunity to rebuild their lives and for many South Sudanese the opportunity to live the life of dignity.”
Eugene also advised the peacekeepers to respect the policy on Sexual exploitation and abuse saying that the peacekeepers are here in South Sudan to protect the population.
Written by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
New York, December 16, 2015 – Seventy years ago, the United Nations was created from the ashes of the Second World War. Seven decades later, in Paris, nations have united in the face of another threat – the threat to life as we know it due to a rapidly warming planet.
Governments have ushered in a new era of global cooperation on climate change – one of the most complex issues ever to confront humanity. In doing so, they have significantly advanced efforts to uphold our Charter mandate to “save succeeding generations”.
UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki moon
The Paris Agreement is a triumph for people, the environment, and for multilateralism. It is a health insurance policy for the planet. For the first time, every country in the world has pledged to curb their emissions, strengthen resilience and act internationally and domestically to address climate change.
Together, countries have agreed that, in minimizing risks of climate change, the national interest is best served by pursuing the common good. I believe it is an example we could gainfully follow across the political agenda.
The victory in Paris caps a remarkable year. From the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, from the historic Sustainable Development Summit in New York to the climate conference in Paris, this has been a year in which the United Nations has proven its ability to deliver hope and healing to the world.