Ghana is preparing to participate in the Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the United Nations in July 2019 during the High-Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The VNR process is a review mechanism and an important platform for countries to share knowledge and best practices across the globe.
It allows countries to make use of the national data, circumstances, capabilities and priorities to gather reports, which are implemented to influence policy mobilisation. This also allows the countries to take account of progress, identify good practices and challenges encountered by them to achieve the SDGs.
To this end, the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), which is the lead agency in development planning and the implementation of the SDGs, is holding validation workshops on the VNR report with stakeholders on how far Ghana has come in attaining the SDGs, with focus on policy and regulatory environment for the SDGs.
Going through a draft report of the VNR with some selected youth group in Accra, the Lead Consultant for VNR, Dr. Esther Ofei-Aboagye, noted that it was important for the youth to have information on how the country was fairing in the implementation of the SDGs.
She said the youth would take over the implementation of the SDGs in the near future, and should, therefore, be involved early on issues concerning the SDGs.
The Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Emmanuel, Mr. Sin-Nyet Asigri, noted that the National Youth Policy was being reviewed to reflect the government's transformational agenda and the SDGs to address emerging issues relating to gender and disability.
He explained that the review policy would prioritise youth participation in national development by making provision for the formation of the Ghana Youth Federation and the National Youth Parliament.
He said the nation could not survive without the skills of the youth, adding that every youth has a role to play to create a strong society as envisaged in the SDGs.
Dr. Felix Addo-Yobo, Acting Director Policy Division, NDPC, presented the draft report of the VNR to the youth organisation. The reports focus on all the 17 goals with thematic reviews on youth-specific issues such as poverty, hunger, education and unemployment.
Source: ISD (Solace Esi Amankwa)