Akwaaba and welcome to the UN Ghana website!
The United Nations has been present in Ghana since the early 1960s, and works in partnership with the Government and people of Ghana for sustainable economic and social development, peace, and human rights.
The UN Sustainable Development Partnership (UNSDP) 2017-2022 reflects the conviction that UN work should support SDG attainment and expresses the nature of work with the UN as a partnership rather than as a source of assistance. It is the One Programme for the UN in Ghana, setting out the collective, harmonised support of 24 UN Agencies.
Inspired by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its five components of Prosperity, People, Planet, Peace, and Partnerships, and aligning to the Government’s Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies 2017-2024, the UNSDP sets out the UN’s partnership for 2018-2022 through four Results Areas: 1. Shared prosperous economy; 2. Social investment in people; 3. Protected and safe environment; and 4. Inclusive, accountable governance.
Within these Results Areas, UN actions will help achieve cross-cutting priorities that reflect UN values on human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, data for development, avoiding stigma and promoting prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, resilience to natural disasters and the impact of climate change, and youth development.
The UNSDP puts partnership for the 2030 Agenda up front and centre. Its Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by some 190 Heads of State in September 2015, comprise a transformative agenda to eliminate extreme poverty in all its forms, decrease inequality, realise gender equality, accelerate economic, social and environmental development, and ensure access to justice for all.
Ghana played a significant role in the global development of the 2030 Agenda and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. This leadership was recognised by the 2017 appointment of President Akufo-Addo as co-Chair of the Secretary-General’s group of SDG Eminent Advocates and as AU Gender Champion. These opportunities for further global and regional leadership help motivate the implementation of these global and regional development agendas in Ghana.
In Ghana, we are following the UN Delivering as One approach. This means that over 20 UN agencies working in the country draw on their individual mandates, experience and expertise to provide technical support, policy advice, and knowledge-sharing as one team. Our constituents and development partners expect this in order for the UN to be a coherent, efficient and effective development partner in Ghana.
This website provides the general public, the media, national stakeholders, and development partners with an overview of the UN’s work in Ghana, as well as latest publications, current news, SDG updates, and UN events. On behalf of the UN family, I hope that it expands understanding of the mandate and work of the UN in Ghana.