The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms. Hanna Tetteh, said the UN had been instrumental in the co-ordination of logistical support and resource mobilisation for development.
The minister was speaking at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the organisation in Accra yesterday.
She said the track record of the UNDP in the implementation of the development agenda could be measured in terms of policies, advocacy, technical and financial supports, which were extended to member states to address issues of governance, poverty alleviation and social economic development.
The minister said Ghana had actively been participating and advocating for support for activities of the UNDP at international fora that help to shape the global agenda
‘We have also had and continue to have our compatriots who render selfless and dedicated service to the UN system, especially, the UNDP in its quest to prosecute the development agenda of the organisation, Ms. Tetteh said.
The UN, she indicated, was anchored on peace, security and human rights, and it was against that background that Ghana continued to be involved in UN peacekeeping operations across the world over the past five decades.
Ghana, Ms. Tetteh said, continued to champion the course of human rights of all persons regardless of the creed, ethnicity, gender, social status or geographical origin.
‘Our productive engagement with the UN agency over the years have continued in the establishment of important institutions like the Ghana Stock Exchange, the Ghana Commodity Exchange, the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, the National Peace Council’ and many others, she said.
Ms. Tetteh also mentioned the consolidation of the country’s democratic credentials through various policy initiatives, such as advocacy and capacity development, as well as collaboration with civil societies as some of the support from the organisation.
In respect of climate change, she mentioned support to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and other institutions to support policy and institutional capacity building to make Ghana’s climate more resilient and promote transitional green economy.
Ms. Tetteh pledged the country’s determination to work with the UN in the discharge of its duties especially in the area of the Sustainable Development Goals among others.
The Associate Administrator of UNDP, Mr. Tegnegnework Gettu, praised Ghana for being the beacon of hope to many countries, particularly at sustaining democracy and the promotion of human rights.
He said apart from the country championing Pan Africanism, Ghana had shown commitment to the promotion of peace in other countries.
Besides, it had also contributed immensely during the outbreak of Ebola in some West African countries, saying that was remarkable and deserved commendation.
The acting Chief Director of Ministry of Finance, Mr. Patrick Numu, commended UNDP interventional support programmes in the quest to reduce poverty, address gender inequality, empower women, human rights and a number of corporation programmes.
By Francis Asamoah Tuffour & Lisanne Dornoff