“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.
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 willLeave No One Behind!Because Everyone Counts!!!
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.