YES-Ghana together with other youth organizations who are members of the SDGs Youth Working Group in Ghana participated in a Multi-Stakeholder Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on November 30th 2017 at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC). Other members of the group who were present included GRIKOB Foundation and Youth Advocates Ghana (YAG).
The conference, organized by the CSO Platform on SDGs in collaboration with Deloitte, the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), under the auspices of the Office of the President, was part of the efforts being made to create a multi stakeholder platform for effective coordination of activities relating to the SDGs. It was under the theme: ‘Opportunities in sustainable development through strategic partnerships’.
Specifically, the conference was to provide an opportunity for the private sector to explore opportunities for business and strategic partnerships that will contribute towards growth and ensure prosperity for the nation.
The objectives of the conference were to;
- Advocate for effective multi stakeholder partnerships for Ghana’s achievement of Agenda 2030;
- Explore business opportunities and challenges for the private sector in the implementation of SDGs
- Identify opportunities for complementing Government efforts towards domestic resource mobilization for SDGs implementation
- Develop a framework/roadmap for multi-stakeholder partnership on the SDG implementation.
The one day Multi-stakeholder conference began with an opening session with H.E the President delivering the key note address. In a speech read on his behalf by Dr. Eugene Owusu, Special Adviser to the President on the SDGs, SDGs Advisory Unit, Office of the President; The President mentioned 5 key issues he considers important:
- Taking bold ambitions through innovative ideas in achieving the goals.
- Not looking to external support to implement the goals
- Focusing on the demand side – notably creating greater public awareness for citizens to hold leaders accountable
- Promote private sector involvement
- Fully unleash our potentials
This was followed by panel discussions. A total of three panel discussions were held on the following topics:
1st Panel: Exploring business opportunities within the SDGs
2nd Panel: Strategic Partnerships on the SDGs:
3rd Panel: Financing for Development – Resource Mobilization for the SDGs
Speakers included representatives from government, civil society, private sector and the media. Specifically Panel 1 and 3 had key actors from the private sector participating in the discussions such as the Nana Osei-Bonsu, CEO, PEF and Mr. Ziobeieton Yeo, Managing Director, Unilever Ghana.
The Conference among other things agreed on a framework for strategic partnerships and how the different stakeholders can contribute to the effective implementation of the SDGs in Ghana.