UN Human Rights Council to review Ghana’s Human Rights record
Nov 7, 2017
The United Nations is scheduled to examine Ghana’s human rights record today, 7 November 2017. The review today is by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group, which peer reviews every UN Member State every four years. Today is the third round of review for Ghana, following 2008 and 2012. The purpose of the peer reviews is to track progress on Ghana’s human rights obligations and commitments.
Life Below Water: Saving Africa’s Fishery Resources
Nov 3, 2017
The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 aims to promote the conservation and the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources for development. One of the most important water-dependent sectors is the fishery sector, which makes an important contribution to food security globally. For instance, in Africa, fish provides a lot of people with most of their daily animal protein. The sector also employs many people and provides income opportunities.
UN Ghana Newsletter: view the October 2017 edition
Oct 31, 2017
Akwaaba (welcome!) to the UN Ghana newsletter. On a quarterly basis, we share with you updates from the UN’s engagement in Ghana across all working areas, such as food security; environment; energy; governance; gender equality; human rights; HIV/Aids; refugees; and many more.
GIFTS for adolescent girls in Ghana
Oct 31, 2017
In an attempt to reduce extremely alarming high rate of anaemia among adolescent girls in Ghana, the Girls Iron Folate Tablet Supplementation (GIFTS) initiative was launched by The First Lady, Her Excellency Rebecca Akuffo Addo, on the International Day of the Girl Child. The initiative was launched on 11 October 2017 by the Ministries of Health and Education in partnership with UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other development partners in Swedru, the capital of the Brong Ahafo region.
UN discusses the role of youth in the SDGs with 1200 students in the Eastern Region
Oct 30, 2017
As part of the 2017 UN Day celebrations, the UN in Ghana embarked on a 3-day outreach activity (25-27 October) – entitled UN4U – to exchange with senior high school (SHS) students on the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and our Developmental Needs: The role of the youth". The activities were hosted by SHSs in Nsawam, Aburi and Koforidua.
UN Ghana publishes UNDAF Annual Report 2016
Oct 25, 2017
The report on the implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) summarises key development results achieved in Ghana in 2016 with UN support, the penultimate year of implementing the UNDAF 2012-17. The report highlights how the UN is contributing to agricultural modernisation, food security and nutrition, environmental sustainability, water and sanitation, expanding effective public social services to reach the marginalised and most vulnerable, and institutional capacity for good governance.
UN Day 2017 calls for actions on human rights, transcending borders and cooperation
Oct 24, 2017
On 24 October UN Day is celebrated across the globe. In Ghana, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, together with the UN in Ghana, joined UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his call for human rights, transcending borders and cooperation to make our shared vision a reality.
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.
Ghana to host 2018 edition of World Press Freedom Day
Oct 17, 2017
UNESCO and the Government of Ghana will partner to organize the next, 25th global celebration of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) in Accra, Ghana from 3 to 4 May 2018 on “Media, Justice and the Rule of law”. The two-day event (3-4 May 2018) will bring together leading actors from the media, civil society, policy makers, representatives of the judiciary, and academia to discuss latest developments and pressing challenges related to press freedom and the safety of journalists.
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.