Accra, 21 May 2014 – 30 NGO representatives gathered on Wednesday morning at the UNIC Accra Resource Centre for a briefing on the upcoming 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference in New York on August 27th – 29th. The briefing was led by UNIC Accra National Information Officer (NIO) Cynthia Prah, together with Economic Specialist Mr. Kordzo Sedegah of UNDP Ghana.
The Conference, themed “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda”, will specifically focus on the role of civil societies in the post-2015 development agenda and bring together a wide spectrum of civil society representatives, constituencies and campaigns on the post-2015 agenda.
Ms. Prah urged the representatives to take an active part in the preparations for the Conference and contribute with their capacities to promote Ghanaian civil society. “Keep going and make yourself relevant”, the UNIC Accra NIO underscored. Ms. Prah furthermore provided the representatives with necessary administrative imports and useful guidelines on strategic planning especially as they prepare to take part in the New York Conference.
Mr. Sedegah, UNDP Ghana, made a presentation on the post-2015 agenda process and gave a summary of Ghana’s targets compliance with the current MDGs. He provided useful statistical information adding that some targets under the current development framework will not be met by 2015. With regards to the post-2015 framework, Mr. Sedegah stated that “The new development agenda is coming from the people, not the presidents.” The value of participatory forums for civil society actors should for that reason not be underestimated.
The participants expressed gratitude to UNIC Accra for organizing this briefing which they find very useful. They said the information gathered will redefine their workplan and enable them to prepare adequately to participate in the Conference.