oa Africa Journal of Public Sector Development and Governance - Ghana and global development agendas : the case of the Sustainable Development Goals

Volume 2 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2617-7714



The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2012 set forth the processes to commission the new global development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a replacement for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that had been in place since 2000. The request for the new initiative was made as a result of the expectations, achievements and challenges of the MDGs (UNDP 2015). Development practitioners have considered the SDGs as an ambitious and boldest initiative by the international community to collectively address sustainable development issues from ecological, social and economic dimensions (Beisheim and Nils 2016; Lucci and Lally 2016). The intergovernmental engagements as well as the participation of different stakeholders in the SDGs’ review and agenda development processes that was adopted by 193 world leaders in September 2015, can only mean one thing (UN 2015). That is, the 17 goals and their 169 targets in the SDGs can only be considered as the international community’s collective resolve to holistically shape global development efforts by addressing well-documented development challenges of poverty, hunger, inclusion and environmental sustainability (Lucci and Lally 2016; UNDP 2015).

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