President Akufo-Addo Welcomes PM Solberg to Ghana to Talk SDGs

Oceans, Sport, and the SDGs: Ghana and Norway Reinforce Cooperation

Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway visited Ghana and her fellow SDG Advocate Co-Chair President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for an official visit last week, 31 May to 1 June.

“I wish to reassure that the Republic of Ghana will continue to collaborate with the Kingdom of Norway in finding solutions to challenges such as… climate change and its attendant impact on the environment and livelihoods.”

- President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

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The two leaders are also members of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy: read more about the High Level Panel here: https://oceanpanel.org/

In their meeting the President of Ghana and the Prime Minister of Norway discussed both domestic and global issues challenges to sustainable development, like the importance of predictability and transparency when attracting development investments. Presdient Akufo-Addo said Ghana and Norway shared similar positions on many issues including the SDGs, Paris Climate Accord, and the need to strengthen international cooperation for peace and development.

“You are an example of why a country uses its resources to benefit the whole nations and not leave anyone behind.”

- Prime Minister Solberg on Ghana’s incorporation of the SDGs into its national development agenda.

In the spirit of multilateralism, PM Solberg noted that over-fishing, plastic pollution, and climate change are issues that Norway and Ghana can address together. Ghana is a partner country with Norway in the efforts to strengthen sustainable ocean industries. President Akufo-Addo expressed satisfaction about the “Fish for Development” initiative signed by Ghana and Norway saying “it will have a positive impact on the management of our marine resources for the creation of wealth and jobs, particularly in fishing communities, in line with the realization of SDG 14.” Ensuring fisherman can sustain a living on the ocean’s natural resources was the topic at PM Solberg’s visit to the fish market in Tema, Ghana.

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PM Solberg talks about fishing and sustainable livelihood at a fishmarket in Tema.

PM Solberg talks about fishing and sustainable livelihood at a fishmarket in Tema.

SDG-branded footballs are a frequently used way to introduce the sustainable development goals to people all over the world.

SDG-branded footballs are a frequently used way to introduce the sustainable development goals to people all over the world.

Next for the Prime Minister was a trip to Jamestown for a round of SDG football. The community joined PM Solberg to score “Global Goals”

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Ben Schaare