UEW Symposium Champions Ghana’s SDG Agenda with Call for Accelerated Progress and Collaborative Action

by Louisa Afful
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The University of Education, Winneba (UEW), hosted a pivotal one-day symposium on Wednesday, 19th June 2024, focused on Ghana’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Held at the SCA Theatre, Central Campus, UEW, under the theme “Reflections On Ghana’s SDG Agenda: Consolidating Gains, Accelerating Performance, and Enhancing Sustainability,” the event brought together experts and stakeholders to evaluate progress and future strategies.

The symposium featured distinguished speakers who shared insights and recommendations on achieving the SDGs in Ghana. Among them were Professor Stephen Jobson Mitchual, Vice-Chancellor of UEW; Professor George Yaw Gyan-Baffour; and Dr. Eugene Owusu.

Professor Mitchual highlighted the importance of leveraging education for sustainable development, emphasizing UEW’s commitment to integrating SDGs into its curriculum and research agenda. He underscored the role of academia in advancing knowledge and fostering innovation towards achieving national development goals.

Professor George Yaw Gyan-Baffour, a prominent advocate for sustainable development, emphasized the need for collaborative efforts across sectors to accelerate progress on the SDGs. Drawing from his extensive experience in academia and public service, he discussed policy frameworks and initiatives aimed at enhancing sustainability and resilience in Ghana.

Dr. Eugene Owusu, noted for his expertise in development economics and international relations, provided insights into global best practices and strategies for overcoming challenges in SDG implementation. His contributions focused on effective governance, resource mobilization, and inclusive growth to address disparities and promote sustainable development.

Throughout the symposium, participants engaged in vibrant discussions on key SDG targets such as poverty reduction, quality education, gender equality, and climate action. The event served as a platform for networking, knowledge exchange, and strategic planning among policymakers, educators, researchers, and civil society leaders committed to advancing Ghana’s development agenda.

As Ghana continues its journey towards achieving the SDGs by 2057, initiatives like the UEW symposium play a crucial role in fostering collaboration and innovation. The insights shared by speakers underscored the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships and evidence-based approaches to drive sustainable development across the country.

The symposium concluded with a renewed commitment to accelerating performance, consolidating gains, and enhancing sustainability in Ghana’s pursuit of the SDGs. Participants left inspired and equipped with actionable strategies to contribute meaningfully to national development efforts aligned with global sustainability goals.

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