UN in Ghana

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In Ghana, the UN system has been operating since the 1960s, working together with the Government and people of Ghana for sustainable economic and social development, peace, and human rights. With its range of complementary mandates and expertise, and in taking a human-rights up front approach, the UN endeavors to help ensure that no one is left behind.

Over 25 UN agencies, organisations and funds work in Ghana, together delivering the priority programmes of support agreed with the Government of Ghana under the UN Sustainable Development Partnership (UNSDP). The team works together, supported by the leadership and coordination of the UN Resident Coordinator, to support economic and social development, democratic institutions, peace, human rights and resilience to crises. Efforts in many of these areas are supported through cooperation with key international and regional organisations working in Ghana.

UN Offices in Ghana (UN Resident Agencies):

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO): The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) works to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity and food security, and to better the conditions of rural populations.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD): The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) mobilises financial resources to improve productivity along agricultural value chains, leading to better food production and nutrition.

International Organisation for Migration (IOM): The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration and to promote international cooperation on migration issues.

UNAIDS: The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is an innovative partnership of 10 UN Agencies and the World Bank that leads and inspires the world to achieve a shared vision of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. 

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): The UN Development Programme (UNDP) works with Governments and people at all levels of society to transform development, eradicate poverty and reduce inequality, strengthen governance and peacebuilding, and support climate and disaster resilience.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO): The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) promotes education for all, cultural development, protection of the world's natural and cultural heritage, press freedom, and communication.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity, and aims to ensure that "every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.”

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has a mandate to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees worldwide, and to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF): The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. 

United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO): The UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) promotes the industrial advancement of developing countries through technical assistance, advisory services, and training.

United Nations Operations (UNOPS): UNOPS is the operational arm of the United Nations to help expand the ability of its partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) supports African Governments and institutions to promote the sustainable management of the continent's natural resources through research, capacity development and policy advice.

World Food Programme (WFP): The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food aid arm of the United Nations system. WFP works to help prevent hunger, improve nutrition, meet emergency food needs and promote world food security.

World Health Organisation (WHO): The World Health Organisation (WHO) coordinates programmes aimed at solving health problems and the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health; it works in areas such as immunisation, health education, and the provision of essential drugs.


UN Agencies with project offices/collaboration in Ghana (UN Non-Resident Agencies)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA): The IAEA is widely known as the world's "Atoms for Peace" organisation within the UN family. The agency works with its Member States and multiple partners to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.

International Labour Organisation (ILO): The International Labour Organisation (ILO) promotes rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities, enhances social protection and strengthens dialogue on work-related issues. 

International Maritime Organisation (IMO): The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) works to improve international shipping procedures, encourages the highest standards in marine safety, and seeks to prevent marine pollution from ships.

United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies, and to promote crisis prevention and preparedness.

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF): UNCDF’s mandate from the UN General Assembly is to “assist developing countries in the development of their economies by supplementing existing sources of capital,” promoting Inclusive Finance and Local Development Finance in particular through microfinance and savings programmes.

United Nations Environment: UN Environment is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT): The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR): The High Commissioner for Human Rights is the principal human rights official of the United Nations. OHCHR supports the work of the United Nations human rights mechanisms, including the treaty bodies established to monitor State Parties' compliance with the core international human rights treaties.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC): The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was established to assist the UN in providing a coordinated, comprehensive response to the interrelated issues of illicit trafficking in and abuse of drugs, crime prevention and criminal justice, international terrorism, and political corruption.

UN Women: UN Women is the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.


Other International Organisations

African Development Bank (AfDB): The African Development Bank (AfDB) spurs sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries, thus contributing to poverty reduction, through mobilising and allocating resources for investment and providing policy advice and technical assistance to support development efforts.

International Finance Corporation (IFC): The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is an international financial institution which offers investment, advisory, and asset management services to encourage private sector development in developing countries. The IFC is a member of the World Bank Group.

International Monetary Fund (IMF): The International Monetary Fund (IMF) facilitates international monetary cooperation and financial stability, and provides a permanent forum for consultation, advice, and assistance on financial issues.

The World Bank: The World Bank Group provides loans and technical assistance to developing countries to reduce poverty and advance sustainable economic growth.