Accra, 23 October 2017 – Several events are taking place in Ghana to mark United Nations Day. The focus of the week-long observation is to draw public attention to the Sustainable Development Goals and to encourage public engagement on developmental issues facing the people of Ghana.
At the start of the week, representatives from various sectors including the Ministry of Finance, the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF) and the Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) took part in a public dialogue on what needs to be done to ensure the sustainability of the SDGs in the country.
A Director of the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Michael Ayensu said that in order to ensure effective implementation and monitoring of the country’s development efforts, the 2018 national budget will be anchored on the SDGs. He also hinted that Ghana is likely to take part in the 2018 Voluntary National Reviews held annually at the High-Level Dialogue on the SDGs in New York.
Representing the CSOs Platform on the SDGs, Madam Joyce Larnyoh said it was crucial that the SDGs are communicated to people in a way they would understand. She made reference to efforts by the UN system and the CSOs to develop and translate common messages on the SDGs for everybody to understand and relate to.
From the private sector, the Chief Executive Office of PEF, Nana Osei-Bonsu stressed on the need for effective resource mobilization to support the implementation of the SDGs. The NDPC representative Dr. Felix Addo-Yobo said the SDGs would be attainable if everyone came on board. He said the private sector, CSOs and public sectors need to work together on the implementation of the SDGs.
For her part, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Ghana, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock had one message: “Ending abject poverty is realistic”.