Partnerships from all sectors key for achieving the SDGs - UNDP

BY: Zadok K. Gyesi
A section of the participants
A section of the participants

The Assistant Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Ghana, Mr Louis Kuukpen, has said increased partnership from all stakeholders will drive maximum support for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He underscored the need for greater commitment across all sectors and industries to strengthen and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development, as emphasized by the SDG 17.

According to him, “the level of funding needed for the implementation of the SDGs surpasses government capacity given the volumes of resources required. There is thus the need for increased partnership and for all sectors to get involved”.

Mr Kuukpen made the remarks at the Ghana Finance Summit 2018 held on the theme, “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through Innovative Financing”.

Citing statistics from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, he explained that an annual investment of between $5-7 trillion is required globally for the achievement of the SDGs by 2030, hence the need to mobilise funds through innovative ways.

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“As the SDGs emphasize localized implementation, there is the obvious need to engineer partnerships with the private sector and philanthropy locally. We need at this moment to explore all innovative instrument being domestic or foreign such as blended finance, development impact bonds, green bonds, trust bonds, challenge funds, guarantees, impact investment and many more”, noted Mr Kuukpen.

In a press statement, Mr Kuukpen said mobilizing more domestic resources towards the achievement of the SDGs, will require the financial sector to have a sound and stable financial system to improve public confidence in the sector; as well as good corporate governance by strengthening the sector’s institutional effectiveness and efficiency.

He added that for us as a country to ensure that no one is left behind in the achievement of the SDGs, we must ensure that every cedi counts, and this will require accountability, transparency as well as targeted and equitable allocation of resources.

Speaking at the Summit, the Head of the SDG Advisory Unit from the Office of the President, Dr Eugene Owusu, called on all stakeholders to join hands with the government to push the SDGs.

He particularly urged the youth to come up with creative and innovative ideas to facilitate the implementation of the global goals, saying “the youth represent both today and the future. The youth's creativity and innovation can help in the implementation of the SDGs”.

The Ghana Finance Summit brought together financial and business leaders to share ideas, discuss the latest market developments and financial trends in Ghana. It was organized by Precise Communications in collaboration with Financial Inclusion Forum Africa, ARK Events Ghana, GEN Ghana; and with support from many partners including UNDP.