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UN Assembly President lauds Ghana’s SDG achievements

Ghana has been commended for showing leadership in initiating clear-cut interventions aimed at improving the lives of its citizens in line with achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

President of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces made the observation yesterday when she paid a familiarisation visit to the Future First Academy at Agbogbloshie, a suburb of Accra and the 2nd Image International Institute, a vocational and skills training institute.

It was to apprise the UN President on practical steps Ghana was taking in various sectors to attain the SDG agenda by 2030 – the challenges and way forward.

Both institutions visited in the estimation of the top UN official, championed efforts at ensuring that the overarching objective of the SDGs to “leave no one behind” was achieved.

Making reference to Future First Academy, a civil society initiative to assist children of head porters at the Agbogbloshie market and its environs attain quality education while reducing inequalities, she noted, the school was evident of goal four and ten respectively of the SDGs.

In line with fostering partnership and achieving gender equality by 2030, Ms Garces was again impressed with government partnership with the 2nd Image Institute to empower women to contribute meaningfully to socio-economic growth through the acquisition of skills, training and other valuable opportunities.

She called for the support of the citizenry to consolidate gains made in achieving the 2030 agenda.

Ms Garces, the fourth woman to head the UN General Assembly in its 73years is on a four-day official visit to the country.

The visit aimed at strengthening political support and cooperation between Ghana and the Assembly in attaining the SDGs.

The visit to Ghana is the last of a tour of three African countries including Chad and Nigeria for similar purposes.

She is expected to visit some historical sites including the Cape Coast Castle and pay a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, in the course of her stay.

BY ABIGAIL ANNOH

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