On August 14th 2018, a multi stakeholder event planning committee was set to plan the launch of the Africa Development Partners Award (ADPA), scheduled for September 25th 2018 as part of activities to mark the 3rd year anniversary of the SDGs.
The Award which will kick-start in September 2019 will be the first ever annual award scheme in Africa on the SDGs to honor and recognize outstanding contributions made by development partners for their commitment in tackling development challenges in developing countries on the continent. It will revitalize global partnership for sustainable development, by celebrating institutions that have helped shaped the world in bringing the needs of humanity at the forefront of priorities as their main business
The multi stakeholder planning committee is made up of representatives from private sector, government and civil society.
Speaking at the meeting, Dr. Felix Addo-Yobo, the SDGs Coordinator at the NDPC expressed his excitement to see the synergy amongst Government institutions, Civil Society and the Private Sector. He said this will eliminate duplication of ideas amongst stakeholders to enable smooth running initiatives towards the achievement of the SDGs. He noted further that Ghana’s approach in achieving the SDGs has become a benchmark for many African countries to emulate and that the NDPC is keen on seeing the Awards materialize because it will help in monitoring the judicious use of resources.
The Coordinator of the Ghana CSOs Platform on SDGs, Mrs. Ugonna Ukaigwe, speaking on behalf of CSOs noted that the establishment of the multi stakeholder committee is a reflection of the multi stakeholder implementation arrangement that has been put in place by government when it comes to the implementation of the SDGs in Ghana, adding that CSOs are represented in all the implementation structures that currently exist.
The CEO of Lead Initiative, Mr. Kenneth Mills expressed confidence that the multi-stakeholder arrangement will help bring on board the expertise needed to ensure a successful event
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