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The ADPA multi stakeholder event planning committee on 22nd August engaged key stakeholders to seek their buy-in and support to celebrate three years of the adoption of the SDGs by the UN Member States.

The anniversary celebration scheduled for September 25th will witness the launch of the African Development Partners Award (ADPA), an award scheme established to honor and recognize outstanding contributions made by NGOs, Philanthropists, Foundations, and development partners etc. for their commitment in tackling development challenges in developing countries.

The stakeholders engaged include MTN Ghana and Unilever Ghana. Speaking on behalf of the team, the National Coordinator of the Ghana CSOs Platform on SDGs, Mrs. Ugonna Ukaigwe noted that a multi-stakeholder implementation arrangement for the SDGs has been institutionalized in Ghana hence the multi-stakeholder partnership in organizing the event to mark 3 years of implementation of the SDGs. She noted that same multi stakeholder planning approach has been adopted for other events on the SDGs in the past, citing the multi-stakeholder conference organized  in November 2017 by the CSOs Platform in partnership with government and the private Sector under the auspices of the Office of the President, SDGs Advisory Unit; and the National Dialogue on Technology and Innovation for the SDGs organized in May 2018 in partnership with the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF) and the  Ministry of Planning.

Mr. Robert Kuzoe, the Sustainable and Social Impact Snr Manager, Corporate Services Division at MTN while welcoming the delegation noted that the mission of the company is aligned to the SDGs and that MTN has been working in three key areas – SDGs 3 (healthy lives and wellbeing for all), SDG 4 (inclusive and equitable quality education) and Economic Empowerment which is linked to SDG 5.

Speaking on behalf of Unilever, Mr. Henry Herbert Malm noted that Unilever supports partnerships with stakeholders and have been working over the years in partnership with various institutions to achieve SDGs 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 11 and 17. He also noted that Unilever’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Paul Polman, is one of the sixteen (16) Eminent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates appointed to support the Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Mr. Malm observed that although several initiatives have been implemented by Unilever on the SDGs, the communication around the implementation of those initiatives do not directly link them to the achievement of the Goals. He however indicated that this will change going forward.

The spokesperson for Lead Initiative, Mr. Salasie Stephen Asuo outlined some of the benefits of partnership to include the opportunity to promote the brands (products and services) of partners to a variety of stakeholders as well as the opportunity for partners to showcase some of their achievements on the SDGs over the past three years.

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