The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has described the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an investment in the future of the youth and that of children who deserved an enduring legacy of a richer, more stable, more secure and a more peaceful world.


President Akufo-Addo said the global development programme, SDGs, presented great opportunity to fight inequality on all fronts, wipe out extreme poverty, tackle the issues of climate change and reverse the degradation and unsustainable use of our environmental resources.


He was emphatic that Ghana and, indeed, Africa, had the means to finance the implementation of the SDGs.


He pointed out, however, that Ghana's quest to achieve the UNSDGs would not depend only on how efficient and effective it mobilized resources to fund it, but also on how to work to eliminate wanton corruption in the form of pervasive revenue leakages and the misallocation and misuse of public funds.


The President was speaking at the inauguration of a 15-member Inter-Ministerial Committee for the implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Accra.


He said achieving the SDGs could not be business as usual, but through innovative and strategic approaches in the context of the country’s domestic agenda, and, above all, looking beyond the benevolence and generosity.


"We cannot achieve the SDGs with an aid-dependent mentality. This is the inspiration and the passion behind my vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid," he added.


At the ceremony, which was also held to commemorate the President’s appointment as co-Chair of the Advocacy Group of Eminent Persons by UN Secretary General, António Guterres, President Akufo-Addo charged the Committee to discharge its duties efficiently and ensure that Ghana became a shining example for the implementation of the SDGs.


Membership of the Committee, which is chaired by the Minister for Planning, Prof. Gyan Baffuor, include the Ministers for Trade and Industry, Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Finance, Food and Agriculture, Attorney General, Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Education, Health, Sanitation and Water Resources, Local Government and Rural Development, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Employment and Labour Relation and the Fisheries and Aquaculture.


The SDGs are a common agenda for global development and socio-economic transformation and protection of the planet earth, and bringing prosperity to all.


To that effect, Ghana has taken up the challenge of the SDGs, and has captured them in its co-ordinated programme for economic and social development policies which, in accordance with the dictates of Article 36(5) of the Constitution of the Republic, will be presented to Parliament in its next session, starting in October. 


The programmes and policies have been outlined in our co-ordinated programme, all hinged towards the realization of the 17 goals both at the national and local levels.”


President Afufo-Addo is the Co-Chair of Advocates Group of Eminent Persons for SDGs, hence, the President is to work closely with fellow advocates to promote the SDGs.


The SDG advocates are to promote the universal character of the SDGs, including their commitment to leave no one behind; promote the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation and financing of the SDGs; encourage partnerships with government, civil society and the private sector to share knowledge and resources; and to raise awareness for the integrated nature of the SDGs.


President Akufo-Addo’s appointment as co-Chair of the Advocacy Group is, no doubt, one which honours the Ghanaian people and the achievements Ghana chalked in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as a positive acknowledgement of Ghana’s adherence to the rule of law and the principles of democratic accountability and good governance.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)