The High Level Ministerial Committee on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has met in Accra.
The committee was inaugurated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the commemoration of his appointment as Co-Chair of the U.N. Secretary General’s Eminent Group of Advocates on September 7, 2017.
A statement copied to Citi Business News indicated that the maiden meeting of the Committee reviewed the status of implementation of the SDGs in Ghana, which was presented by the National Development Planning Commission.
Key issues raised during the meeting included; greater inter-ministerial collaboration to achieve the SDGs, alignment of the national plans with the SDGs and leveraging private sector resources for the implementation of the SDGs.
The Committee also received an update on the President’s role as Co-Chair of the Eminent Group of Advocates.
In attendance were the ministers for Planning; Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; Monitoring and Evaluation; Trade and Industry; Health; Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation; Education; Sanitation and Water Resources; as well as Employment and Labour Relations.
The rest were ministers for Food and Agriculture; and Fisheries and Aquaculture, along with the Deputy Minister of Finance, and representatives from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
The Minister for Planning chaired the meeting, with the President on SDGs serving as Secretary.
The Committee agreed to meet quarterly to discuss priority issues about the ongoing implementation of the SDGs.