Mr. Pierre Laporte was speaking at a consultative meeting organised by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) with Development Partners (DPs) in Accra on Friday 13 May 2022 towards the preparation of the final 2022 Voluntary National Review (VNR) report.

Among these special interventions are; improving inclusive service delivery, support in resilience and sustainable development strategies, strengthening macro-economic and fiscal management, as well as assistance for private sector development and job creation.

He is also appealing to other Development Partners to assist in addressing the numerous priority areas of the SDGs that are competing for attention while consolidating the successes attained in areas like; development of human capital, poverty alleviation and economic development.

Mr. Laporte explained that the World Bank is assisting Ghana to strengthen its macroeconomic and Fiscal management as well as improve upon the management of natural resources and effectively handle climate change risks. This support will offer special interventions that will enable individual households and communities to overcome future economic and social shocks.

According to the NDPC, “as part of the process, the SDGs Implementation Coordination Committee (ICC) held this consultative meeting with Persons with Special Needs and the Vulnerable Groups to review and finalise the draft report and build consensus on innovative actions for the attainment of the SDGs”

The SDGs also explicitly include disability and persons with disabilities 11 times. Disability is referenced in multiple parts of the SDGs, specifically in the parts related to education, growth and employment, inequality, accessibility of human settlements, as well as data collection and the monitoring of the SDGs. Although the word “disability” is not cited directly in all goals, the goals are indeed relevant to ensure the inclusion and development of persons with disabilities. The newly implemented 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development holds a deep promise for persons with disabilities everywhere.

The consultative meeting was to solicit inputs from all relevant stakeholders and also finalise the 2022 Voluntary National Review report on SDGs ahead of the country’s presentation at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July, 2022.

Dr. Angela Lusigi who is the United Nations Development Programme’s Representative to Ghana commended the NDPC for its efforts towards undertaking the VNR describing it as a demonstration of the commission’s continuous commitment to advancing the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. 

She asserts that the consultative meetings are steps in the right direction and expressed the UNDP’s belief in Ghana to be able to strengthen policies and institutions of government, and also mobilize support and partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world:

GOAL 1: No Poverty

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

GOAL 4: Quality Education

GOAL 5: Gender Equality

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 14: Life Below Water

GOAL 15: Life on Land

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

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