Accra – Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Antwi Boasiako-Sekyere, says Ghana recognises job creation as central to economic growth and as such has put in place national policy measures such as the Ghana infrastructure Fund and the National Employment policy to ensure the creation of employment opportunities for its people. He said economic growth without employment could be detrimental to the development of any country. The Deputy Minister was speaking at the launch of the UNCTAD Least Developed Countries (LDCs) report 2013 in Accra.
Mr. Boasiako-Sekyere launching the LDCs report 2013
The event, which was orgainsed by UNIC Accra, was attended by representative of the diplomatic community, public sector institutions, CSOs, ILO and the media.
Mr. Boasiako-Sekyere welcomed the report, titled: ‘Growth with employment for inclusive and sustainable development’, adding that “Job creation is topical the world over and that the report will no doubt add on to existing knowledge for decent job creation”. He said following the directions provided in the report will certainly go a long way for creating employment not only for LDCs but for countries like Ghana.
UNIC Accra NIO presents some publication to UNA Kumasi Chairman
Group picture of members of UNA and some participants
Kumasi – UNIC Accra, in association with the United Nations Association, Kumasi branch, has held a one-day forum for students and members of the Association on the Role of the United Nations in Global Development. The National Information Officer of UNIC, Accra, Ms Cynthia Prah provided an overview of the history of the United Nations, Ghana’s membership and the role of the UN in Ghana’s development process. She encouraged students to find opportunities to engage in discussions on development issues in their communities. The Asokwa District Commander of the Ghana Police Service, Supt. Dr. S. Adane-Ameyaw admonished the youth to be law abiding citizens and to focus on increasing their understanding of global issues. A local businessman, Dr. Kwame Kyei challenged the youth in the Kumasi metropolis to always aspire to make meaningful impact in any career they pursue. The Vice President of the World Federation of United Nations Association, Mrs Edna Phillips made a presentation on the organisation.
ACCRA / GENEVA (15 November 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, today expressed deep concern about the situation of overcrowding in prisons in Ghana. “The overcrowding rate in some places that I visited is easily between 200 to 500%,” he warned at the end of his first official visit* to Ghana.
“Overcrowding gives rise to other human rights violations such as poor quality and quantity of food, poor hygiene, lack of adequate sleeping accommodation, insufficient air ventilation, a high risk of contamination of diseases, as well as very limited access to medical treatment, recreational activities or work opportunities,” Mr. Méndez said. Read the full statement
Accra - The United Nations system in Ghana last Friday held a Cultural Night of musical performances as part of the 68th United Nations celebrations in the country. The event, which was attended by the diplomatic community, private sector representatives, students and staff of the UN, was the first of its kind to be organised by the UN system. The aim was to portray strategies, through cultural expressions, vulnerable groups adopt to strengthen their resilience and social cohesion. This comes about as the UN recognises the role of culture for sustainable development as an important policy and strategic issue at international and national levels (Resolutions 65/166 and 66/208 on Culture and Development).
The Wazzi performers of Fetentaa refugee camp in Ghana
Interspersed by brief solidarity messages from the UN, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts as well as Becca the audience of over 300 were mesmerised by performances from two cultural troupes from the Ampain refugees camp in the Western region and Fetentaa refugee camp in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. Cladded in colourful and authentic African costume, the Manh Boya and Wazzi cultural troupes exhibited such talented and exquisite display of cultural dance and storytelling depicting the circumstances that led to their becoming Ivorian refugees in Ghana and the role of the UN in their sustenance as refugees.
GENEVA (5 November 2013) – Independent human rights expert Juan E. Méndez will visit Ghana from 7 to 14 November 2013 to assess the situation and identify challenges regarding torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in the country.
“I will engage with decision-makers and key actors on various aspects relating to my mandate, from legislative amendments to the criminal law, including the definition of torture, to encouraging the establishment of a national mechanism for the prevention of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” Mr. Méndez said. The Special Rapporteur will also examine prisoners’ rights and conditions of detention, in particular for those spending years in prison either awaiting trial or serving lengthy sentences.
Accra - Ghana marked this year’s UN Day in a grand style with the launch of the UN Ghana website and presentation of the UN Ghana database. The website, which reflects the work of United Nations system Delivering as One approach is the first of its kind in the country. Launching the website, the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon called on the public, especially the media, to explore the platform to get to know more about the activities of the UN to enable them focus on areas that need attention in their reportage.
UN Resident Coordinator
At the same event, the UN Ghana database was presented to the audience of over a 100 representing the diplomatic community, CSOs, media and other partnering institutions. The brief launch was followed by a one-day exhibition of the UN activities in Ghana under the four thematic areas of the UN Development Assistance Framework: 1) Food Security and Nutrition, 2) Sustainable Environment, Energy and Human Settlement, 3) Human Development and Productive Capacity for Improved Social Services and 4) Transparent and Accountable Governance. Agencies took this opportunity to showcase their work under each theme. The exhibition attracted people from all walks of life including students and the general public.
Hoisting of UN and Ghana flags
Prior to the launch of the website, a ceremonial flag-raising event was held at the forecourt of the State House in Accra at which time the flags of the UN and the Republic of Ghana were hoisted by Ms. Sandhu-Rojon and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ambassador Kwesi Quarter, respectively.
Learn more about the United Nations in Ghana by visiting http://www.unghana.org/
Accra - A 5-day regional conference on the Use of the General History of Africa in Higher Education Institutions in Africa has ended in Elmina, the Central region of Ghana. The conference was organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with support from the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Education.
Ms Sharon Cooper addressing participants
The over 80 delegates included vice-chancellors/presidents of universities, heads of academic programmes and history departments, deans of social and human sciences institutes and history teachers were welcomed by the Minister of Education and Chairperson of the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO, Hon. Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang at the official opening of the Conference. She said more education is needed to deconstruct the negative concepts of African history especially when the victims of the wrong concepts are the very ones expected to make the changes.
In his keynote address, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, H. E. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur said Ghana will share lessons learnt from similar works such as that of the Historical Society of Ghana, to make the teaching of history more effective and efficient. He added that strong political will at various levels of government and the educational sector would go a long way to revise the teaching and learning of history.
Group photo of particpants
There were also statements by the UN Resident Coordinator a.i, Ms Sharon Cooper, African Union Representative, Mrs. Alice Sena Lamptey, the Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Getachew Engida and the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the GHA Project, Prof. Elikia Mbokolo.
The conference was preceded by a pre-conference workshop that sought to revise, deconstruct and redefine the terminologies, concepts and paradigms used and applied to African history.
Accra - The United Nations System in Ghana has called on Ghanaian journalists to lend support, through their reportage, to efforts at advancing the development of the country. The UN system therefore admonished journalists to focus more on development-oriented issues and create awareness on areas that need more attention by policy makers. This was made known by the UN Resident Coordinator, Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, when she presented a cheque for 50,000.00 Ghana Cedis (Approximately $23,000.00) to support 10 categories of this year’s Ghana Journalists Association awards to deserving journalists. The categories are on Maternal Nutrition, the MDGs in Ghana, Promoting Volunteerism, Culture; Youth & Migration, Science, Maternal (Health) Mortality, Family Planning, Ethical Reporting on Children, Youth and Adolescent Health and Rights and Child Labour in Ghana.
UN RC presenting the cheque to the GJA
Ms Sandhu-Rojon expressed the hope that with such support, journalists in the country would be encouraged to focus attention on specific developmental needs of the people of Ghana and thereby direct policy action towards those areas.
The President of the GJA, Mr. Affail Monney, thanked the United Nations for supporting the 2013 journalists’ awards. He commended the United Nations for identifying challenges within the media landscape and making an effort to improve their capacity through such gestures.
The Ghana Journalists’ Awards ceremony is held annually to “promote professionalism and high journalistic standards and reward and honour outstanding members”. This year’s event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 2.
Accra - To mark the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, the International Student Identity Card Association, better known as ISIC, uniting over 5 million student card-holders, has launched a youth photo competition! Find out more about the competition: http://www.isic.org/unesco-photo-competition/
Accra - The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released its 2013 global report on child labour, entitled “Marking progress against child labour: Global estimates and trends 2000-2012“. The report report provides the most recent and wide-ranging assessment currently available on the extent of child labour, internationally and regionally, and international efforts to stop it.
The largest number of child labourers is found in the Asia-Pacific region but this region also registered the largest decline during 2008-2012 (from 114 million to 78 million for the 5-17 years age group). Child labourers in other regions in 2012 numbered 59.0 million in Sub-Saharan Africa, 12.5 million in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and 9.2 million in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
In Latin America, numbers remain relatively low but persistent, especially in hazardous work.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest incidence, despite a decline in incidence from 25.3 per cent in 2008 to 21.4 per cent in 2012. It means that the risk of child labour is highest for children in sub-Saharan Africa (one child in every five is in child labour), even though there has been a decline there.