Let’s advance the well-being of adolescent girls – UNFPA

Let’s advance the well-being of adolescent girls – UNFPA

Niyi Ojuolape, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Representative, has called for concrete and innovative ideas to advance the well-being of adolescent girls in Ghana.

He said adolescents played a crucial role in the development of a country hence the need for stakeholders to advance their well-being to conform to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) agenda.

Mr Ojuolape made the call at the opening of the 2020 Partners’ Learning Forum (PALEF) on Monday in Accra on the theme: “the Unfinished Business: Utilizing Shared Knowledge and Practices for Advancing ICDP in Ghana”.

The ICPD agenda is a revolutionary Programme of Action adopted in 1994 by 179 countries in Cairo, which called for women’s reproductive health and rights to take centre stage in national and global development efforts.

He said the work of reducing preventable maternal mortality, bringing to zero the unmet need of family planning, eradicating the incidence of gender based violence and harmful practices was not that of the UNFPA and the government alone, but the responsibility of everyone.

The Country Representative called on government, celebrities, religious and traditional leaders to come on board to ensure the adolescent girl achieves her full potentials.

The Forum, seeks to facilitate a fertile ground for exchange of ideas that may further improve policy, programme development and implementation.

Mr Ojuolape indicated that the forum was held annually to showcase the mandate of the UNFPA and how they executed their programmes through a constellation of partners at the national, regional and district levels within the government decentralized political and developmental implementation systems.

This pioneering initiative has been based on UNFPA’s firm conviction in efforts to increase the reach and impact of programme interventions for those most in need at the sub-national levels and to foster upstream leadership and ownership of Ghana’s development agenda.

He said the theme for the forum clearly showed the need for and importance of shared learning and horizontal collaboration between UNFPA’s implementing partners as well as relevant stakeholders in advancing the ICPD agenda.

“We will also discuss future UNFPA programming strategies in line with the post Nairobi conclusions,” he stated.

The Country Representative indicated that the UNFPA would continue to position the issue of young people, particularly adolescent girls as a critical parameter for harnessing the demographic dividend in Ghana.
Mr Ojuolape said through funding support from the Canadian Government, the UNFPA was implementing a joint programme with UNICEF geared towards systemically empowering the girls to make informed choices on issues affecting them.

This would allow adolescents exercise their urgency on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) issues on gender equality, and access quality, gender-responsive sexual and reproductive health services among other programmes to end child marriage.

Miss Agnes Obetsebi, a beneficiary, expressed gratitude to the UNFPA and the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) for the impact they had made in her life.

The 19 year old entrepreneur said through the UNFPA training programme, she was now independent and had also trained others. She is saving towards her tertiary education.

Ms Obetsebi urged other adolescent girls to take advantage of such trainings to enable them acquire skills to earn a decent living.

The Canadian High Commissioner, a representative from the Ministry of Finance, civil society organizations, stakeholders, beneficiaries among others, attended the programme.

Source:GhanaWeb.com

Engaging partners to accelerate ICPD progress in Ghana

Engaging partners to accelerate ICPD progress in Ghana

UNFPA continues to position the issue of young people, particularly adolescent girls as a critical parameter for harnessing the demographic dividend in Ghana”- Niyi Ojuolape.

The 2020 Partners Learning Forum (PaLeF) brought together diverse partners, donors, policy makers and stakeholders under the theme: The Unfinished Business: Utilizing Shared Knowledge and Practices for Advancing ICPD in Ghana.

PaLeF aims at fostering shared learning and horizontal collaboration between partners and relevant stakeholders by stimulating innovation and critical thinking to advance the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Ghana. 

One key highlight was the mounting of an exhibition, which showcased the impactful work and varied achievements by UNFPA Ghana’s Implementing Partners.

Delivering a speech at the Partners’ Learning Forum held to advance ICPD in Ghana
Official opening of the 2020 Partners’ Learning Forum
Supporting GSS for Ghana’s 2021 Population and Housing Census

Supporting GSS for Ghana’s 2021 Population and Housing Census

Supporting GSS for Ghana’s 2021 Population and Housing Census

The Census provides important data needed to support the implementation of the national development programmes and the SDGs. Therefore, the Census is a priority to national development programme which requires strategic partnerships to conduct successfully.

As such, I joined a meeting organised by the Ghana Statistical Service and Development Partners in preparation for Ghana’s 2021 Population and Housing Census.

For Ghana 2021 PHC, UNFPA is working closely with GSS to ensure that the Census is conducted in accordance with the UN Principles and recommendations for 2020 Census Round by providing support in various areas including development of the census document, procurement support, capacity building through targeted trainings, and the recruitment of a resident Chief Technical Advisor (CTA).

In the midst of the pandemic, we will Leave No One Behind! Because Everyone Counts!!!

Mr. Niyi Ojuolape addressing Development Partners at the Meeting on the 2021 Ghana Population & Housing Census    

Mr. Niyi Ojuolape interacting with his colleague diplomat Ms. Ifeoma Charles-Monwuba, Country Director for UNOPS.

“Nothing for young people, without young people”

“Nothing for young people, without young people”

“Nothing for young people, without young people”

Promoting youth leadership and resilience particularly during this challenging period is a key priority to the United Nations, and second, youth involvement, engagement and empowerment, a cause dear to my heart.

Speaking at the 3rd African Youth SDGs Summit, under the theme, “Securing the 2030 Agenda commitment beyond Post COVID Era”, I stated the critical role of young people to promote development and the need to nurture their skills as a country to realize their full potentials.

Indeed, “Nothing for young people, without young people”

I equally took time to interact with some colleagues after the brief ceremony which took place successfully.
 

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