Ghana and the Sustainable Development Goals

Ghana and the Sustainable Development GoalsTHE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)

An Overview of Ghana’s Role in the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda

By the National Development Planning Commission, Ghana

At its Millennium Development Summit held in September 2010, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) agreed to develop a new global development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were due to expire at the end of 2015. This new global development agenda would integrate both the concerns of Rio+20 and Post-2015 MDGs framework. An Open Working Group (OWG) comprising 70 countries, with Ghana being one of them, was subsequently constituted to develop a post-2015 global development agenda called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for consideration by the UNGA in 2015.

Since 2012, the OWG has been working to formulate the SDGs and their corresponding targets as the basis for the new global agenda, which will 2016 to 2030. The United Nations General Assembly in July 2014 endorsed 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the OWG, following which several sessions of inter-governmental negotiations were convened in New York to draft a resolution for consideration by the 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70), which opened on 15th September 2015 in New York. This will be followed by a Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, scheduled for 25-27 September 2015.

As the state agency responsible for development planning and the ultimate incorporation of the SDGs into the national development agenda, the National Development Planning Commission has been active in Ghana’s participation in the inter-governmental negotiations and associated international activities since 2012.

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