Press Briefing on opening of the 70th Session of UNGA Held in Accra

Accra, September 16, 2015 – The 70th Session of the UN general Assembly has opened in New York under the theme “The United Nations at 70: the road ahead for peace, security and human rights”. Ghana’s delegation to the General Assembly opening is led by the President, H.E John Dramani Mahama.

Ghana's Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon Hanna Serwaah Tetteh

Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon Hanna Serwaah Tetteh

In addition to statements by world leaders at the plenary meeting and interactive dialogues on key sustainable development issues during this session, a number of side events are expected to focus on specific initiatives.  President Mahama and the Ghanaian delegation are expected to hold a number of bilateral meetings and participate in some of these side events.

At a press briefing organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, in collaboration with the United Nations in

UN Resident Coordinator Ms Christine Evans-Klock

UN Resident Coordinator Ms Christine Evans-Klock

Ghana, the Minister, Hon Hanna Serwaah Tetteh (MP) announced that Ghana will take part in the High-level event on the operationalization of the Post-2015 development agenda for African Industrialization. This event will bring together African leaders and key development partners to discuss concrete partnerships for the effective operationalization of the post-2015 development agenda on the continent.  She said Ghana will also organize a conference at Columbia University “aimed at bringing together Ghanaian experts in the field of technology, science and industry to build synergies for the eventual transfer of their expertise to support sustainable, industrial and technological development in Ghana”. Another significant side event will be the signing of the US-ECOWAS Business Initiative, a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Principles of the US Chamber of Commerce Partnership with ECOWAS.

Cross section of the media at the press briefing

Cross section of the media at the press briefing

The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Christine Evans-Klock commended the government of Ghana for its active participation in the development of the post-2015 development agenda and called on the media to reach out to the general public to share information about the SDGs and advocate for them. She congratulated Ghana on having been the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to meet the MDG goal to reduce by half the share of the population living in extreme poverty and noted that this success should motivate commitment to meet the new Global Development Agenda goal to fully eliminate extreme poverty by 2030.

The 70th Session of the UN General Assembly opens tomorrow, preceding the much-awaited Sustainable Development Summit which takes place from 25 – 27 September. Over 100 Heads of State and Government will attend the Summit to adopt an ambitious, bold and universal sustainable development agenda that will end poverty and promote prosperity by 2030, while addressing the environment.

The summit outcome document, entitled “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” was agreed on by the 193 Member States of the United Nations, and includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals.