Tuesday 24 October 2017 – The United Nations Resident Coordinator for Ghana, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock has reiterated the global call for the use of “will” power as the key means to end the challenges of the world. Delivering a speech on behalf of the UN Secretary- General, António Guterres at a flag-raising ceremony held in Accra to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the
United Nations, Ms. Evans-Klock said the UN looks forward to supporting the Government’s coordinated effort towards the implementation of the SDGs. She commended the non-Government actors, including the civil society, youth and the private sector, for their commitment to advocate the SDGs and build public accountability.
For her part, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey reaffirmed government’s commitment to continue to work and collaborate with the UN in its quest to find solutions to the humankinds’ most pressing challenges which the SDGs seek to address.
“We recognize the colossal task placed on our shoulders through the global goals and the need to implement them by 2030” she added.
According to the Minister, the achievements of the SDGs holds a prominent place on government’s development agenda. This she said was the reason why it has incorporated the goals into Ghana’s 40-year development plan as well as programmes and policies such as “Planting for Food and Jobs”, “One District – One Factory” and “Free Senior High School Education”.
This year’s event forms part of activities to celebrate everything the UN has achieved since its establishment in 1945 and it’s on the theme: “Achieving the SDGs: Innovating, Mobilizing and Partnering for the Implementation of the SDGs in Ghana”.
The flag raising ceremony climaxes the UN Day celebration in the country at the national level out of numerous events earmarked to commemorate the day in different parts of the country.
The occasion was graced by Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, Public sector officials, representatives of the Security Services, Members of the Diplomatic corps, Heads of UN Agencies, students and the general public.