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  • 2nd National REDD+ Forum called to strengthen law enforcement to reduce deforestation, forest degradation Oct 20, 2017

    On 19 October 2017 in Accra, the 2nd National REDD+ Forum was organised by the Forestry Commission, under the auspices of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, to sensitise stakeholders and the general public on “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation” (REDD+), and to galvanise high-level political support for its implementation in Ghana. The Forum reflected on the importance of strengthening law enforcement to ensure effective management of forest and wildlife resources.

  • Empowering girls through theatre in Ghana Oct 12, 2017

    On International Day of the Girl Child (11 October), the UN Gender Team joined forces with Rayuwa Foundation and Act for Change to exchange with some 80 girls from the Ghana-Lebanon Islamic School about challenges a girl could face in her life, and – through participatory theatre – envision alternative scenarios. The girls shared their experiences of violence and discrimination, and came up with bold ideas for what should be done to create a safe environment for them to be able to achieve their potential.

  • Far from Realisation – Girls’ rights are human rights Oct 11, 2017

    Each year since 2011, on the International Day of the Girl Child, we recognise girls’ rights and acknowledge their unique potential and the challenges they face to achieve it. An Op-ed by the UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, Ms Christine Evans-Klock, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2017

  • World Habitat Day: multi-stakeholder efforts needed to address Ghana’s housing challenge Oct 4, 2017

    The 2017 World Habitat Day was celebrated on 2 October under the theme “Housing Policies: Affordable Homes” to reflect on the state of towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. An event organised by the Ministry of Works and Housing in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development brought together stakeholders including development partners, civil society, private sector and the media.

  • ‘We are in it together,’ Ghana tells UN Assembly, reaffirming Global Goals for planet and people Sep 21, 2017

    While sceptics feared the landmark Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were “too many and too complex” to be tackled, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana told the United Nations today that the Organization’s experience has proved that “once the world puts its collective mind to something, the chances are, we would get it right.”

  • EU and UN team up to eliminate violence against women and girls Sep 20, 2017

    Today at the United Nations General Assembly in New York the European Union and the United Nations launched a EUR 500 million Spotlight Initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. The EU-UN Spotlight Initiative was launched by the EU High Representative / Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, together with the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.

  • Africa’s must-do, can-do decade Sep 20, 2017

    Since 2000 the continent of Africa has recorded impressive rates of economic growth. This remarkable performance has been largely driven by the prolonged commodity boom and development assistance. While the continent shows great diversity in the socio-economic trajectories of its countries, growth rates have generally masked an underlying lack of structural transformation, which is needed to achieve socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable development. By Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO

  • Ghana at the UN General Assembly Sep 19, 2017

    The 72nd General Assembly’s General Debate of the United Nations opens 19 September and run through 25 September. Ghana is represented at the General Assembly by HE President Nana Akufo-Addo and a delegation of Ministers including Hon. George Gyan-Baffour, Minister of Planning.

  • UNDP trains health workers on healthcare waste management Sep 19, 2017

    More than 300 health workers participated in a training on health care waste management, aiming to reduce infections and at the same time protect the environment, with special emphasis on waste segregation, storage and transportation. This activity forms part of the medical waste project being implemented by the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service with support from UNDP, and supports current efforts to phase out mercury use in the health sector in line with the provisions of the Minamata Convention that came into force in August this year. The UN in Ghana, lead by UNDP and UNIDO, is supporting the country in reducing its mercury use.

  • UN continues to support human rights as CSOs meet with diplomatic community Sep 13, 2017

    On 7 September 2017, representatives from Ghana’s human rights NGOs and the Diplomatic Corps met to further discuss the human rights situation in the country, as part of the ongoing Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which tracks the progress of Ghana’s human rights obligations and commitments. Ghana will be reviewed for the third time by the UN Human Rights Council in November 2017.