Ghana to host post – 2015 MDGs Agenda meeting

GHANA has been selected as one of the countries to host a series of stakeholder engagements to solicit views for the post 2015 agenda of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Programme Specialist of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy of the United Nations Office, New York, Ms. Karolina Mzyk, who disclosed this at a press briefing on ‘Philanthropy engagement in post-2015’ development’ in Accra yesterday, said as the deadline for the MDGs approaches, a successor global development framework was required to advance global development agenda beyond 2015.

She said a Sustainable Development Goal had been adopted by the United Nations to succeed the MDG to address issues relating to water and sanitation, education and economic development among others.

In view of that, Ms. Mzyk said the UN Systems together with the National Development Planning Commission undertook series of inclusive consultations to solicit views of what the focus of the development agenda post 2015 should be.

Issues emerged from the national consultations, she said, bothered on employment, inequality, environmental sustainability, food security, health, education and strengthening governance among others.

Touching on the ‘philanthropy engagement of post 2015’, she said it was to bring various Philanthropists including institutions that rendered social services together to discuss how to better the lot of the masses especially the underprivileged.

An Economic Specialist of the UNDP Ghana Office, Kordzo Sedegah, called for the provision of potable water, education, good governance, among others as the deadline of the MDG approached.

He said the objective of the engagement would help leverage the scale and impact of funding from individual foundations and other sources of private giving.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour &
Tryphena Yeboah

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