SDGs VNR: Poverty Declines From 24 percent To 23 Percent

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By Ghanaian Times

Ghana has presented its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) report on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at this year’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nations (UN) headquarters at New York.

The HLPF was under the theme “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”

Minister of Planning, Prof. George Gyan-Baffour, who presented the review report on behalf of the government, revealed that Ghana had made progress on many of the SDGs targets adding that “overall, poverty had declined marginally from 24 per cent in 2013 to 23 per cent in 2017.”

Key macroeconomic indicators, including budget deficit, inflation and interest rates, he said, were trending downwards, adding that trade balance recorded surpluses in 2017 and 2018, leading to improved balance of payment position.

He said the introduction of the free Senior High School (SHS) flagship initiative resulted in additional 271,000 students enrolling in SHS for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic years adding that gender parity was achieved at the basic level. Read more>>

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