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SDGs Action Summit 2024: President Akufo-Addo calls for urgent action on poverty reduction

President Akufo-Addo, while addressing dignitaries at the 2024 SDGs Action Summit in Accra, called for smart partnerships and innovative financing to drive transformative change to end the canker.

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has highlighted the urgent need for innovative actions to tackle poverty reduction, one of the persistent challenges hindering the achievement of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A Multidimensional Poverty Report published by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has painted a stark picture of poverty levels across the country, revealing that over 7.3 million Ghanaians are multidimensionally poor, with employment and living conditions as the largest contributors.

President Akufo-Addo, while addressing dignitaries at the 2024 SDGs Action Summit in Accra, called for smart partnerships and innovative financing to drive transformative change to end the canker.

“Challenges such as poverty reduction, climate change impacts, and economic inequalities persist, requiring urgent and innovative actions.
Let us harness the power of collaboration and partnership to accelerate our efforts.
By leveraging innovation, smart partnerships, and innovative financing, we can drive transformative change to end poverty, protect our planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all,” President Akufo-Addo urged.

He also recognized the critical juncture the world is in, a time marked by both remarkable progress and daunting challenges.

“As we strive towards the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, it is imperative to recognize the critical juncture we find ourselves in.
The world is a mix of remarkable progress and daunting challenges, from technological advancements to climate change and economic disparities.

These issues remind us of the urgency and importance of our collective efforts to build a sustainable and equitable future,” President Akufo-Addo stated.

Despite these challenges, he celebrated significant achievements, particularly in access to safe drinking water, improved healthcare systems, and increased electrification rates.
“In Ghana, our Free Senior High School policy and the National Health Insurance Scheme have significantly advanced education and healthcare access, respectively.
These initiatives highlight our commitment to not only meeting but also exceeding the SDG targets through strategic and impactful policies,” he added.

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