…To Implement SDGs, Agenda 2063
The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has formed the Technical Committee for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063 in Accra last Thursday.
Inaugurating the Technical Committee, the Minister for Planning, Professor George Gyan-Baffour, said the committee would help to facilitate the localisation and implementation of the SDGs and Agenda 2063 in Ghana.
According to him, the first step in the localisation process was the inauguration of the SDGs Implementation Coordination Committee (SDGs-ICC) in 2016.
“This Committee has been responsible for preparing the roadmap for localising the SDGs,” he said, adding that the President is soon to inaugurate the High Level Inter-Ministerial Committee to complete the process.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour noted that, Ghana’s significant achievements regarding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and active involvement in the preparation and adoption of the SDGs had earned Ghana significant recognition in the comity of nations.
This acknowledgement, he said, is borne out by the nomination of Ghana’s President as co-chair of the SDGs Eminent Advocates with the Prime Minister of Norway.
“Indeed in most of the SDGs events and discussions organised especially at the UN, Ghana is usually selected to either represent Africa or share perspectives on those critical matters relating to SDGs implementation. In the UN High-Level Political meeting held in July 2017 in New York, key issues of SDGs implementation presented by Ghana served as the major discussion point and were eventually adopted for action,” he said.
The minister further stated that, it places a lot of responsibility on Ghana to ensure that it fully integrates the SDGs in the national development agenda and showcases best practices for adoption by others.
Directly addressing Committee members, he said, “many countries will be looking to see how Ghana will implement the SDGs, how the SDGs are translated into the national plan and how all sectors have assumed their role in SDGs implementation. We must not slacken our pace of development.”
Dr. Felix Addo-Yobo, a Deputy Director at the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), outlined the role of the Technical Committee, and said the overall objective of its work is to facilitate implementation, monitoring and reporting of the SDGs, Agenda 2063 and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP 21).
The committee, he said, “is to ensure the alignment, adaptation and adoption of all relevant international commitments and protocols in the annual plans and monitoring frameworks of Ghana Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).”
They would also provide technical support and advice to the SDGs-ICC on implementation challenges and opportunities; ensure accurate and timely updates for the SDGs monitoring framework; provide technical support and training to districts, CSOs, private sector organisations and other interested parties; and support advocacy, awareness creation and public education on SDGs, Agenda 2063 and other international protocols.
Dr. Addo-Yobo said the Technical Committee would be also expected to produce annual reports on its activities, and biennial progress reports on the implementation of SDGs, Agenda 2063 and other international protocols.
In addition, he said the committee would report on institutional and policy reforms for improving the quality of statistics for national reporting, and plan for establishing a statistics and indicators database for monitoring of the national development plan.
Membership of the Technical Committee comprises representatives of MDAs and civil society and private sector organisations.
It reports to the SDGs Implementation Coordination Committee, and has a secretariat at the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC).
In early 2015, African leaders adopted the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan (FTYIP) of the Agenda 2063 framework for the socio-economic transformation of Africa.
In September of the same year, the UN General Assembly adopted the Post-2015 global development framework, Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2016-2030) together with the SDGs as the successor to the MDGs.
World leaders followed this up with the Paris Agreement on Climate change, in December 2015, which aims to limit the increase in global average temperatures to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels the level beyond which scientists say the world will see the worst extremes of global warming.
The overarching aim of Agenda 2063 and the SDGs is to eliminate poverty in all its forms and stimulate actions in areas of critical importance to humanity and the planet. The FTYIP of Agenda 2063 comprises 20 goals and 172 targets, while the SDGs comprise 17 goals with 169 targets.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba