Ghana ready for 68th session of UN General Assembly

Accra – Ghana is set to attend the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly which opens on September 17 this year.  The country’s delegation would be led by the President of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama.

This was made known to the media at a press briefing on the opening of the 68th session of the GA in Accra.  The event was organized by the United Nations in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

RC addressing the audience

UN Resident Coordinator addressing the media

Addressing the media, the UN Resident Coordinator, Ruby Sandhu-Rojon recounted some of the successes chalked by Ghana under the MDGs and reiterated the need for a more concerted efforts by partners to address the remaining challenges especially for MDG 4 (on child mortality), MDG 5 (maternal health) and the sanitation aspect of MDG 7. She added that just as there are disparities between countries, wide regional and socio-economic disparities remain between regions and districts in the country. For instance the three northern regions stand out as lagging behind on almost all MDG indicators. It is therefore imperative find ways of addressing these challenges, she noted.

Ghana's Foreign Minister Hanna S. Tetteh

Ghana’s Foreign Minister Hanna S. Tetteh

Fort her part, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hanna S. Tetteh noted that apart from the formal UN GA engagements, Ghana’s delegation, in conjunction with the UN-Habitat, will hold a high-level consultations on African Urbanisation Agenda.  The event is to examine the possibility of establishing an innovative urban development facility which will capitalise on the optimum valorisation of the assets of the continent’s urban centres.

Ghana will also be co-hosting another side-event on Child, Early and Forced Marriage to draw attention to the violations of the rights of child brides, as well as the grave implications for their health.

Ghana's Min of Foreign Affairs (Left) UN Resident Coordinator (Middle) UNAIDS Country Cordinator

Ghana’s Min of Foreign Affairs (Left) UN Resident Coordinator (Middle) UNAIDS Country Coordinator

The Minister reiterated Ghana’s commitment to the process of global peace, security and development of the United Nations and expressed the country’s felicitation to the President of the 68th UN GA, in the person of H.E. Mr. John William Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda.