Global forum on SDGs ends

Participants at the forum

Participants at the forum

The maiden edition of Global Citizens Forum on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ended in Accra over the weekend.
It was attended by participants from National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), SDGs volunteers, the media, academia and members of the public.

The day’s event was organised by the forum and aimed to educate the beneficiary institutions and the public on how Ghana could streamline development goals with the SDGs.
The programme was under the theme, “SDG 11 & 13 – A Benchmark for the Sustainable Urban and Rural Disaster Management for Climate action in Ghana and Sub-Saharan Africa.”
In a welcome address, the Deputy Director General of NADMO, Mr. Abu Ramadan commended the forum for the good work and urged other institutions to adopt the SDGs as a national development agenda.
He noted that the SDGs were central to the development of African countries including Ghana, stressing the need for every Ghanaian to take interest in the development goals that aimed to end poverty, reduce maternal mortality, achieve universal education, improvement in health infrastructure and reduction in HIV/AIDS infection, malaria and other diseases.
Mrs. Josephine Offei, a YALI Alumnus and founder of Yoo Foundation told the participants that the SDGs concerned climate change, sanitation, education, human rights and justice, good governance and provision of potable drinking water to the people.
She said it was important for them (participants) to know about the 17 goals adopted by more than 100 countries, being signatories of the United Nations (UN) because the goals affected the weather, agriculture and nutrition, which had bearing on the life of everybody.

Messrs Professor Philip Duku Osei, Deputy Rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Heather Troutman Facilitative Urban Planner for Sustainable Development, Kojo Williams public relations expert for Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) & CSR West Africa contributed during panel discussion.
Stephen Selasie Asuo, a YALI Alumnus and SDGs Ambassador and Madam Charlotte Norman, climate expert, NADMO, as well as members of the public also shared insightful thoughts and ideas.

By Times Reporter

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