Accra Mayor addresses world confab on SDGs

Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra

Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Mayor of Accra

The Accra Metro Chief Executive, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije has presented his proposed post 2015 development agenda dubbed “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) at the Vatican.

This was after over 60 mayors from all over the world have pledged to combat climate change in their respective cities on the first day of the conference with the theme, “Modern day slavery and climate change- the commitment of the cities.”

He presented the SGDs which is being finalised by high level panelists of experts, open-working groups and other stakeholders, at the second conference which had the theme “United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network-People and Planet: Achieving Sustainable Development in Our Cities.”

The ultimate aim of the post 2015 Development Agenda is “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Global Action” and is expected to be adopted at the United Nations Summit to be held from September 25-27, 2015 in New York, United States of America.

Coincidentally, the theme have similarities with the theme of the “4th World Summit of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and of African Descent” which was, “Cities leading sustainable human development and economic empowerment for Africa and the Diaspora.”

Highlighting on parts of the proposal that falls in line with the theme of the conference in an interview, he said,“Sustainable development goals that look at social development and inclusion like the promotion of sustainable agriculture to achieve food security can lead to ending hunger and poverty in all its forms everywhere, and also improve nutrition.”

He continued that, “healthy lives can be ensured to promote the wellbeing of all ages, ensure all-inclusive and equitable quality education to promote a lifelong learning opportunities for all regardless of one’s background, achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls and strengthening the means of the implementing and revitalising the global partnership for sustainable development are some of the means with which inequality within and among countries can be reduced.”

Touching on some features which entrench poverty among people he said, “slums serve as poverty traps as opposed to springboards to opportunity due to the lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation facilities or sewers, electricity, garbage collection, health care, police services, public transportation and limited internal opportunities resulting in low income levels.”

In view of these, he had overhauled the existing educational system of Accra by providing modern school structures with ancillary facilities, improved some of the health facilities, removing unauthorised structures which serve as havens for slum dwellers and in the process of revitalising public transportation in and around the Metropolis of Accra.

To him, if these objectives can be achieved the aim of the theme for the conference will be realised and the world will be a better place to live in with no one feeling left out.

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