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The Ghanaian Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection speaks at ‘Women Deliver – and not Only Babies’

05.10.2015  17:28

On Tuesday the 29th of September the Ghanaian Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, spoke in New York at the event ‘Women Deliver – and not Only Babies’ hosted by The Danish Mission to the UN and the organisation Women Deliver, in association with UN Women. Here she was joined by prominent speakers such as the H.R.H Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and the Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen, among others, at a high level and cross-cutting discussion on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and what they mean for girls and women all over the world.

In her speech Nana Oye Lithur identified the main challenge to the implementation of the SDGs to be lack of knowledge by key national stakeholders. It is therefore crucial to raise awareness of the SDGs so they can be internalised in national institutions and policy frameworks on a national as well as local level. Without properly synergising and prioritising, national institutions might not attain effective planning and implementation of the SDGs and their objectives. Is it the ambition of Nana Oye Lithur that the SDGs will be implemented into the national development planning framework, Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda – GSGDA (2014-2017), in order for the ministries and government agencies to implement policies aligned with the new SDG framework.

The conversation began in New York last Tuesday, but will continue on – all the way through to the Women Deliver Global Conference in May 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark 

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