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Sep 25, 2015

President Mahama in US for launch of Sustainable Development Goals

President John Dramani Mahama today, September 25, 2015, joined other world leaders from more than 100 countries to commit to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are replacing the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.

A high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly in New York for the next two-days marks the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.

National governments and the International Community are required to promote shared prosperity and well-being for all over the next 15 years.

The Millennium Development Goals, launched in 2000 set 2015 as the target year.

Recognising the success of the Goals and the need for a new development agenda beyond 2015 – countries agreed in 2012 at Rio 20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to establish an open working group to develop a set of sustainable development goals.

After more than a year of negotiations, the Open Working Group presented its recommendation for the 17 sustainable development goals.

In early August 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations reached consensus on the outcome document of the new agenda.

Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg are slated to host a major event in New York, after the launch of the SDG's.

The event follows a proposal made to the UN Secretary General by the three world leaders to set up a UN-Panel to review the world's preparedness to manage health disasters such as the recent Ebola outbreak in some countries in West Africa.

The 'Securing a Healthy Future' session will be attended by Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, who is also the head of the UN High-Level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises.

The Panel was established in April 2015 in response to the proposal made by the three leaders.

Also attending the high-level event are the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, President Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Bill Gates and officials from the WHO, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Back home in Ghana, a programme will also be held at the UNDP offices in Accra to coincide with the UN Sustainable Development Summit taking place in New York.