Participants at a day’s stakeholders’ forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have identified inclusive processes and collaborative efforts as key to achieving SDGs in Ghana.
The stakeholders, which include Civil Society, government institutions and United Nations agencies in Ghana reaffirmed their commitment to collaborate in the implementation and achievement of the SDGs in the country.
The commitment was reaffirmed at a national Forum organised by the Media Foundation of West Africa (MFWA) with support from Christian Aid – Ghana and in collaboration with Civil Society Platform on the SDGs to celebrate the one year adoption of the SDGs.
The forum, chaired by Professor Kwame Karikari, SDGs Ambassador in Ghana, discussed the SDGs’ one year existence; the challenges and successes so far, and collaborative ways to effectively implement and achieve the goals in the country.
It urged government and stakeholders to ensure strong collaboration and more inclusive processes in the implementation and achievement of the 2030 agenda to build upon the lessons learnt from the implementation of the Millennium development Goals.
The government and the stakeholders are also urged to focus on mechanisms that fast-track the successful implementation of the SDGs at the district levels.
“We call on Government and all relevant stakeholders, especially national and local media, to increase awareness on the SDGs and be involved in efforts for its achievement.
“We re-affirm our commitment as Civil Society Organisations, Government Institutions and United Nations Agencies to share information, collaborate on monitoring the progress of achieving the goals hold accountable responsible parties, and coordinate efforts for effective implementation,” it added.
Civil Society Organisations Platform on the SDGs was later launched to spearhead collaboration and inclusiveness in the country.
On September 25, 2015, the United Nations member states adopted a set of 17 goals with the aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.
Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over 15 years (September 2015 to 2030).