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High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Side Event on African Member States’ Implementation of the SDGs

Accra, Ghana, July 16, 2018 – A meeting to table the challenges African Member States are facing in the implementation of the SDGs, share information on opportunities and available tools will take place in New York today as a side event of the ongoing High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. The meeting is on the theme “Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063: A Sharing of Experiences and the Way Forward Post-Africa Regional Forum for Sustainable Development and Voluntary National Reviews.”

It will be attended by all participants in the HLPF, all United Nations Member States, African senior Government officials, African representatives from the civil society, the private sector, the academia, the media, representatives from African regional institutions and representatives from the UN system.

The meeting will offer the opportunity for African Member States to share information on available mechanisms and tools, their merits and relevance to their specific circumstances towards the implementation of the SDGs, encourage themselves to undertake the Voluntary National Reviews and accelerate progress towards the achievement of the SDGs and the Agenda 2063.

Two key outputs are expected out of this meeting.  First, a report, compiling policy recommendations and capacity needs on how to overcome the challenges faced by Member States and optimize the opportunities and scale up good practices to strengthen national mechanism for coordination and integrated implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.  The second is a Joint UN-AU platform for coordinated efforts to support African countries to better implement the global and continental Agendas.

To date, Africa has had the smallest percentage of its Member States undertake a VNR with seven countries undertaking a VNR in 2016, seven in 2017 and eleven this year.

Read more about the meeting.

IOM Ghana launches a new project on Migration and Development

Accra, 5 March 2018 – In many countries, the topic of migration stirs up lively debates. Oftentimes, among considerations ranging from irregular migration to security, or even identity.  The positive impacts of migration on countries’ development, such as remittances and diaspora contributions, remained overlooked. Perhaps, this is because migration had not, until recently, officially been introduced into the global development landscape. This oversight was corrected with the adoption by world leaders of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where the importance of migration for development is, finally, fully acknowledged.

Group picture of workshop participants

In Ghana, to encourage a more comprehensive look into the linkages between migration and development, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a new project entitled, “Integrating Migration into National Development Plan: Towards policy coherence and achievement of the SDGs at national and global levels”.

This project is particularly important at this moment in time because it is expected to drive current national efforts in integrating migration issues into national development plans, as clearly defined in the SDGs. It is being implemented in Ghana and Ethiopia and funded through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Sub-Fund for Peace and Development, of which the People’s Republic of China is a major contributor. Read further in this special report.

The UN reaches out to students

Cape Coast – 8 November 2016 – More than 1,800 students in Ghana’s Central Region have benefited from an outreach programme on the United Nations. The two-day event organized by the UN Communication Group was undertaken to help the students to be familiar with the work of the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Students displaying SDGs posters

Students displaying SDGs posters

The joint effort was led by Ms. Cynthia Prah, National Officer of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Accra, Mr. Bossman Owusu, Communications Analyst of UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Ms. Hannah Ghanson, Programme Assistant of the UN Volunteers (UNV).

Eric Dadzie of Cape Coast School for the Deaf reads the SDGs in braille

Eric Dadzie of Cape Coast School for the Deaf reads the SDGs in braille

Participating schools included the Assin Manso Senior High School, Aggrey Memorial A.M.E Zion Senior High School and the Cape Coast School for the Deaf, which also included some visually impaired students.

At each session, the UN team engaged with the students on the mandate of the UN in general, the work of UN agencies in Ghana and volunteering opportunities that exist within the system. Also taking centre stage was discussions around the 17 global goals and the role youths can play for their successful implementation.

A cross section of the audience

A cross section of the audience

The students who were elated for the opportunity to interact with UN staff paid rapt attention to the discussions and shared perspectives on what the various SDGs mean to them. To leave no one behind, Braille versions of the SDGs were also available to help visually impaired students to share thoughts on the goals. The deaf also benefitted from sign language interpretations on the global goals.

Mr Owusu of UNDP addressing the students

Mr Owusu of UNDP addressing the students

The team also answered dozens of questions posed by the students, ranging from career opportunities within the UN to the work of the various UN agencies in Ghana.The students and the schools management appreciated the opportunity for the engagement and hoped that there will be more in future.

The outreach programme forms part of UN4U initiative which seeks to raise awareness on the activities and work of the United Nations among the youth. Previous engagements had targeted students in the Ashanti, Northern and the Volta Regions of Ghana.