September, 25th 2018 marks three-years since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Lead Initiative in collaboration with Ghana CSOs Platform on SDGs, the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), Social Welfare Department and Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), on 25th September 2018 celebrated the three year anniversary of the SDGs under the theme: ‘Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Celebrating Three Years of Collective Action’.
The event provided opportunity for Government, CSOs and Private sector to highlight specific achievements made so far especially in putting in place the structures needed for effective implementation of the SDGs. Speaking at the anniversary celebration, Madam Joyce Larnyoh, one of the Co-Chairs of the CSOs Platform, in her speech highlighted the multi-stakeholder partnership approach that has been adopted for the SDGs in Ghana – “we are using this anniversary celebration to showcase and commend our commitment to build strong partnerships for the achievement of the SDGs.”
The anniversary celebration also witnessed the launch of the first SDGs award scheme dubbed ‘The African Development Partners Award (ADPA)’ The ADPA is the first private, public and civil society partnership award scheme which is expected to set a high standard for commitment to the achievement of the Goals by 2030.
Mr. Stephen Selassie Asuo, a Programme Officer at Lead Initiative noted that the ADPA will revitalize partnership for sustainable development across the continent. He reminded participants that “one institution cannot achieve the SDGs, either we work together or we fail together.”