The Institute for Environmental and Sanitation Studies of the University of Ghana and the University of Sussex has co-organized the maiden expert workshop on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Accra.
The workshop, which took place at the African Regeant Hotel in Accra, was meant to serve as a platform for various academics from the University of Ghana and the University of Sussex conducting research in the areas of the sustainability of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals to ideate on the dynamics and possibilities in the achievement of the SDGs.
The all-day event saw among others, presentations on research themes, a plenary session for the discussion of concepts and two break out session.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities.
The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.
The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations.
They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large.
Presentations on Research themes that featured in the workshop were:
Trade-off and synergies among the SDGs (by Professor Joseph Alcamo of the University of Sussex)
The Contribution universities and the research community to the SDG implementation (Prof Chris Gordon of the University o Ghana)
Urban/peri urban areas: food systems and sustainability (Prof John Thompson of the University of Sussex)
Circular economy and green economy for achieving multiple SDGS (Prof Dan Nukpezah of the University of Ghana)
The workshop saw academics like Robert (Bob) Manteaw, Research Fellow at the Center for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies, Daniel K. Twerefou, an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Ghana, Legon, Dan Nukpezah, a Research Fellow with the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS), University of Ghana, John Baptist D. Jatoe, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness, University of Ghana, Legon.
Others include Aba Obrumah Crentsil, a Research Fellow with the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economics Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana, Ted Yemoh Annang, a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) at the University of Ghana, Benedicta Fosu Mensah, Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana and John Thompson, Deputy Director of Sussex Sustainability Research Programme.
Speaking to Univers News on the sidelines of the workshop, Director of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme of the Data Intensive Science Centre at the University of Sussex and Professor of Environmental Systems Science, Professor Jonathan Alcamo, stated that the collaboration of the University of Ghana and the University of Sussex will create the very positive relationship that will produce further collaboration in the area of research and idea sharing that will advance the sustainable implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event was also attended by the representatives from the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana.
Story by: Daniel Nana Yaw Obeng|universnewsroom.com