Accra, 11 September 2017 – The seventy-second General Assembly of the United Nations will open tomorrow, Tuesday, 12 September, 2017. The Assembly’s annual general debate, when Heads of State and Government and other senior national representatives gather to present their views about pressing world issues, will open a week later, on Tuesday, 19 September, and run through Monday, 25 September. The Secretary-General will also present his report on the work of the Organization immediately prior to the general debate.
United Nations Headquarters Building with Flags
The theme for the seventy-second session’s general debate is, “Focusing on People: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet” as proposed by the President-elect of the seventy-second session, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčak of Slovakia, upon his election on 31 May 2017.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to address the General Assembly on Thursday, 21 September 2017. Prior to his address, President Akufo-Addo will meet with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the group of 17 eminent persons serving as Sustainable Development Goals Advocates on 17 September 2017.
These events will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York and will be followed by a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons on 27-28 September 2017. During this meeting, high-level representatives are expected to assess achievements and challenges in the implementation of the Plan of Action.
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Accra, 13 July 2017 –The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, will officially launch the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Report 2017 at the opening of the High-level segment of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) on Monday, 17 July.
This year’s report provides a global overview of the current state of the implementation of the SDGs. The report is based on latest available data for indicators in the proposed global framework and indicate areas of progress and areas where more action needs to be taken to achieve the Goals.
The report will be presented at a press conference on the same day in New York and can be followed live on the United Nations Web TV at http://webtv.un.org/ .
Meanwhile the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the central platform for reviewing progress on the implementation of the SDGs at the global level, is underway in New York until 19 July. Member states, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders are gathering at the Forum to review the successes, challenges and lessons learned on achieving the SDGs. During this Forum, 44 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) or plans to achieve the Goals.
The theme for this year’s Forum is “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”.
New York, 2 June—A surge in the number of voluntary commitments to take action to improve the health of the ocean by countries, businesses and civil society groups has been recorded, and more are expected as the Ocean Conference gets underway Monday, 5 June at United Nations Headquarter in New York.
The commitments, now numbering over 600 and still increasing, come as heads of state and government and ministers will join ocean leaders, experts, businesses, and civil society organizations to discuss solutions that restore the health of the world’s ocean. The commitments target a wide range of ocean problems, ranging from protecting coral reefs, strengthening sustainable fisheries, reducing plastic pollution, and addressing the impacts of climate change on the ocean. Read further
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 4 April 2017—UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, regrets the decision by the United States to deny any future funding for its life-saving work the world over. This decision is based on the erroneous claim that UNFPA “supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization” in China. UNFPA refutes this claim, as all of its work promotes the human rights of individuals and couples to make their own decisions, free of coercion or discrimination. Indeed, United Nations Member States have long described UNFPA’s work in China as a force for good.
The United States, one of our founding members, has long partnered with UNFPA to protect and promote the reproductive health and rights of women and girls, thereby fostering healthier women and girls and their families. The support we received over the years from the Government and people of the United States has saved tens of thousands of mothers from preventable deaths and disabilities, and especially now in the rapidly developing global humanitarian crises. With previous United States contributions, UNFPA was combatting gender-based violence and reducing the scourge of maternal deaths in the world’s most fragile settings, in areas of conflict and natural disasters, including Iraq, Nepal, Sudan, Syria, the Philippines, Ukraine and Yemen.
Accra, 5 May 2017 – Effective science communication requires more collaboration between researchers, communications officers and journalists. This was one of the key messages in a 2-day science reporting workshop jointly organised by the United Nations University Institute for Natural
A cross section of the participants
Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), the United Nations University Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Netherlands and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Accra. The workshop, dubbed “Reach & Turn” aimed to help bridge the gap between science communication and science journalism. A press release issued by the UNU-INRA, indicates that the workshop was a joint UN effort aims at contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (particularly SDG#4 (Quality Education), #13 (Climate Action) and #17 (Partnership).
Accra, 19 April 2017 – The sixth annual International Jazz Day will be observed globally on 30 April 2017. The day will culminate with an All-Star Global Concert presented at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, the Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO. The concert will be live streamed by UNESCO and will feature an extraordinary array of artists from around the world paying tribute to the international art form of jazz.
In Ghana, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation will collaborate with Alliance Française and the International Music Council to organise the 3rd Impact Music Conference which seeks to bring together creators, record labels, content platforms and creative entrepreneurs to discuss the various opportunities and challenges that the emergence of digital tools has had in the music sector.
The conference which is funded by the UNESCO Participation Programme, will take place on April 26 & 27 @ 9am with a special focus on the role that women can/should play in the music sector. The sessions will be interactive, accessible to everyone and practical and relevant for young female music/culture professionals.
Accra, 10 April 2017 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, and the Resident Coordinator of the UN system in Ghana, Christine Evans-Klock, have followed with consternation the acts of impunity perpetrated by the Delta Force vigilante group in Ghana and outrightly denounce these reprehensible acts.
In a joint press release issued in Accra today, they both welcome positively the unambiguous condemnation of these acts by the government and expect that all necessary measures will be taken to investigate these actions and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Accra, Ghana: 8 March 2017 – Today 8 March is celebrated globally as the International Women’s Day (IWD). As the world marks this important day, our attention is being drawn to the rapidly changing environment in the world of work, the different jobs, roles and business opportunities women encounter in their work life, and the need to enhance their economic empowerment. Hence the theme “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030”.
In a press release issued today, the team of United Nations Agencies working in Ghana and its Gender Team recognise women’s contributions to national development through all manner of work, including in the informal economy.
According to the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Christine Evans-Klock, “When we talk about women at work, we often leave out women in the informal sector,” She adds that “Today, as we mark International Women’s Day, we would like to particularly recognise the hard work and the economic contributions of women in the informal economy. We need to support their efforts to transform their farms, learn new skills, and grow their businesses.”
Accra, 3 March 2017 – An indigenous Nigerian artist, Femi Coker, today paid a courtesy call on UNIC Accra with a cap 300ft long to underline the important contribution made by people of African descent to our societies as part of a project to promote the International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD).
Femi Coker wearing the cap and being interviewed by the local media
The United Nations General Assembly declared 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2024 as the IDPAD to recognize that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected. It also means that afro-centric ideals, values, ideas and strategies, inventions, innovations, creative ingenuity, advancement, development and excellence would be the focus of the international community. Read further
Accra, February 13, 2017 – A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Joël Toujas-Bernaté, has completed an official visit to Ghana. The visit, which took place from February 6-10, 2017, was “to take stock of the 2016 economic developments and the outlook for 2017, engage in a dialogue about the new government’s economic plans, and discuss prospects for program engagement with the IMF”.
A press release issued by the IMF at the end of the visit indicates that the team met with the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia; Senior Minister Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo; Finance Minister Hon. Kenneth Ofori-Atta; Minister of Food and Agriculture Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto; Bank of Ghana Governor Dr. Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku; other senior officials; and development partners in the country.