President John Dramani Mahama has charged world leaders to work hard to ensure that the most basic things are available to the people.
He was speaking at the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos.
” We must work to ensure that the most basic things that so many of us take for granted, are available-not as a privilege, but as a human-to the millions who currently do not have access to them.
President Mahama who was Co-Chairing the 2016 World Economic Forum together with the Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway and a group of sixteen Sustainable Development Goals Advocates in efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030, urged leaders to provide a chance aimed at ending the cycle of poverty.
” I am talking about things as basic as clean water and sanitation, health care, food, shelter, clothing and a chance at the one thing that can end the cycle of poverty for a family, a community, even a country-an education”.
Working as champions of advocacy, the SDG Advocates are expected to promote the universal character of the SDGs, including their commitment to leave no one behind; promote the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation and financing of the SDGs; encourage partnerships with governments, civil society and private sector to share knowledge and resources; and raise awareness for the integrated nature of the SDGs.
On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.
The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty.
The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.
They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.