By Gifty Amofa/Elizabeth Yaa Brobbey, GNA
Accra, Aug 21, GNA – Abibiman Foundation, a
non-profit organisation, has launched the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs)
Agenda 2030 to enhance government’s effort in implementing the goals.
It will work with government agencies,
development partners, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), among other
stakeholders to create a better life for all.
Mr Richard Matey, the Programmes Officer,
said the programmes, which implementation start right after the launch would be
run in collaboration with the Abibiman, United Kingdom.
The programme would compare practices, what
worked best and what lessons to pick to foster sustainable development.
Mr Martey was speaking at the launch of the
SDGs Agenda-2030 held in Accra on the theme: “SDGs: keys to the promotions of
solutions to national and Grassroots Development Challenges through Sustainable
Bilateral co-operations and Partnership.”
Mr Matey stated that research, education,
sensitisation, capacity building would be used to localise the goals to help
the grassroots people to own it.
All the 260 Metropolitan, Municipal and
District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the 16 regions across the country would
implement the programme.
The implementation process has six phases
and each would take at most two years, he said, adding that it would focus on
the 17 goals, including low poverty, zero hunger, good health, and quality
Others are gender equality, clean water and
sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth,
climate action and partnership to achieve the goals.
He said CSOs’ Report on SDGs at a High Level
Meeting showed that people’s knowledge about the SDGs were very low and that
five out of ten people knew about climate change.
Mr Martey said the Foundation would get to
the grassroots to create awareness, educate the people to get them involved in
the implementation process.
The Programmes Officer said the Foundation
would partner and support all the stakeholders to avoid duplication of
Mr Kenneth Nana Amoateng, Chief Executive
Officer said the Abibiman Foundation was formed in 2000 whilst the Abibiman
United Kingdom was formed in 2019 with the aim of promoting sustainable
The NGO is specialised in promoting
environmental, educational and health issues, he noted.
Frank Aggrey, Deputy Chief Director Control
Officer of the National Disaster Management (NADMO) advised Ghanaians to desist
from littering around to prevent flooding.
‘’Climate change impact and natural
occurrences are not the only cause of disaster but human activities such as,
choked gutters, and building houses in waterlogged areas’’.
Mr Charles Denkudi Yomekpe, Chief Executive
Officer of Dowjays Investment, a partner, said social media would be used to
promote the agenda in the digital age to reach more of the youth.
Mr Moses Ackah-Jayne, Head, Marketing and
External Relations of the National Insurance Commission, advised the public to
cover the risks that were likely to come up as a result of climate change.