President Mahama launches SDGs in Ghana

H.E. President Mahama making an address on the SDGsH.E. President Mahama making an address on the SDGs

15 February 2016, Accra, Ghana

H.E. President John Drama Mahama has formally launched the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ghana. The launch comes on the heels of his appointment as CO-Chair of 16 Eminent Advocates by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to assist in the campaign to achieve the SDGs.

Opening the event, the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock, congratulated President Mahama on his appointment. She expressed the hope that President Mahama and the other Eminent SDG Advocates will support the UN Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

In a passionate remark, the Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin said that the SDGs are about pride, ownership and sustainability. This he said requires effective leadership by member states and that President Mahama’s appointment as Co-chair of the SDGs Eminent Advocates reflects the trust the UN has in Ghana to lead the world and member states to attain the SDGs.

The Ambassador of Norway, H.E. Hege Hertzberg, congratulated President Mahama on behalf of his Co-chair, the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. She said like any other country, Norway won’t have it easy to meet the SDGs, but she also noted that we can achieve only when we work together.

President John Dramani Mahama expressed his profound appreciation to the UN Secretary-General for his appointment which he dedicated to the people of Ghana. He paid tribute to the relentless efforts by all the people who contributed to the development of the global agenda. The President promised to work with his team of eminent advocates to ensure a better world.

The launch of the SDGs in Ghana saw the participation of Ministers of State, Members of the Diplomatic Corp, Members of Parliament, as well as guests from the Private Sector, Civil Society, Development Practitioners, Research, and Academia. The event took place at the Accra International Conference Centre.