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CSOs Platform’s Remark at the Launch of the Sustainable Development Goals Indicator Baseline, Accra International Conference Centre, September 6, 2018

The Minister of Planning, Hon. Prof. Gyan Baffour
Hon. Ministers of States
H.E. UN Residence Coordinator
Hon. Majority Leader
Hon. Minority Leader
Heads of Departments and Agencies
Nananom, Niime, Naame
Collegue CSOs representatives
Private sector operators
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

I speak on behalf of the Ghana Civil Society Platform on the Sustainable Development Goals. The CSO platform comprises over 200 members and we are proudly excited to be here this morning to witness the launch of Ghana’s SDGs baseline indicator report.

In the development history of Ghana, CSOs’ partnership with government has taken different forms and shape. However, the institutional arrangement that has been put in place for the implementation of the SDGs has presented a unique opportunity that is currently deepening our partnership with government. Evidence of this is amply demonstrated in the development of the report the Hon. Minister of planning will soon be launching.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, perhaps this is one of the few national documents that has been jointly developed by government, CSOs and other relevant stakeholders.

To name but a few, we actively participated in the following:
1. The process to develop the national SDGs monitoring framework- a process that led to agreeing on indicators to be monitored.
2. Selection of consultants to conduct the baseline survey which included:
a. Review of the proposals and terms of reference and
b. The final selection of the qualified consultant for the assignment.
3. I am happy to report that we were a part of the team that reviewed the report, and planning of today’s event
4. We will also actively engage in public sensitization and dissemination of the report.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is indeed the dividend of the multi-stakeholder platform put in place to implement and monitor the implementation of the SDGs.

As members of civil society, we have a complementary role to play in monitoring progress in the implementation of the SDGs to ensure that Ghana does not leave anyone behind. By so doing we seek to promote mutual accountability in the implementation and reporting on the SDGs.

We have a collective responsibility to account for our work in as much as we seek to demand accountability from government. We have a common understanding on this and we hope that we will all utilize our partnership to continue to work in the interest of Ghana.

We congratulate government for taking the bold decision to undertake voluntary national reporting to member states of the UN in 2019.

In commending this effort, I will like to inform you that we have initiated steps to publish a shadow report on progress of implementation from citizens’ perspective and for the purpose of complementarity, promote mutual accountability and shared responsibility in Ghana’s SDG implementation effort.

We pledge our support in ensuring that the baseline report will be widely disseminated and citizens sensitized on the key findings. This will form part of our awareness creation effort and we look forward to working with all stakeholders to increase knowledge on the SDGs and promote effective and equitable implementation.

Thank you.

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