President John Dramani Mahama has been appointed Co-Chair of the United Nations (UN) Eminent of Persons to support the Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Mr. Mahama was appointed alongside the Prime Minister of Norway, Ms. Erna Solberg among a group of sixteen eminent persons as advocates for the SDGs.
The other members include, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Mr. Richard Curtis Screenwriter, Producer and Film Director, Ambassador Dho Young-Shim, Chairperson, United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty Foundation, and Ms. Leymah Gbowee Director Gbowee Peace Foundation.
The rest are Mr. Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman Alibaba Group, Mrs. Graça Machel President, Foundation of Community Development and the UNESCO National Commission in Mozambique, Ms. Alaa Murabit Founder, The Voice of Libyan Women and Mr. Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer Unilever.
Also among the group are Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director Earth Institute at Colombia University, Ms. Shakira Mebarak, Artist/Singer Songwriter/Advocate, Mr. Forest Whitaker Founder and Chief Executive Officer Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative and Professor Muhammad Yunus, Founder Grameen Bank.
The SDGs adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on September 25, 2015, represents a commitment by all nations to work together to end poverty, achieve shared prosperity, build peace, and secure a life of dignity and a healthy planet for present and future generations.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who announced the appointment in New York Monday said the “16 Advocates will leverage their unique standing and leadership to promote the SDGs as part of an ambitious and transformative global agenda.”
Working as champions of advocacy, the SDG Advocates will 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.