President Mahama Pledges Ghana’s Commitment To Newly Adopted SDGs

President John Dramani Mahama has pledged Ghana’s commitment to working within the framework of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to build a life of dignity for Ghanaians and ensures that no one is left behind.

“Through the implementation of our Agenda for Transformation developed by the National Development Planning Commission, we aim to diversify production and exports, be more competitive on international markets, increase productivity of all resource inputs and upgrade technologies in order to make the much anticipated leap out of poverty” he noted.

Addressing the UN Summit for the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in New York, President Mahama said, “I speak for Ghana as an example where two decades of consistent positive economic growth, has led to an average 10 to 12% annual increase in demand for power. This has caused demand for electricity to exceed supply. To keep our system running, we have resorted to the implementation of a load management system.”

He added that Ghana had put in place a program to introduce emergency generation into the transmission system, but is mindful to ensure “that we use as much clean energy sources as possible to the benefit of our current and future generations”.

According to President Mahama, “the MDGs have been good. They have in the last 15 years helped address socio-economic inequalities and disparities in national, regional and global development. In Ghana, the MDGs have always been a core part of our national development frameworks since September 2000.

“That has helped us make modest but significant progress in the achievement of the MDGs. Ghana is therefore well positioned and poised to drive the SDGs in the post-2015 development era.”

Source: ISD

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