HER Impact: Inspiring the next generation

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HER Impact: Inspiring the next generation

January 17, 2024

In the spirit of Sankofa, looking back to go forward, 2023 was a big year with big promises. Three particular events stand out for me:

1. SDG Summit (New York) – we agreed to accelerate action for people, planet and peace. From fostering youth action to ensuring equal access to technology, the shared vision embraced integrated solutions. “We committed to enhancing global, regional, national and local partnerships for sustainable development, engaging all relevant stakeholders, including civil society, private sector, academia and youth, recognizing the important contribution they can make toward achieving the 2030 Agenda, and the localization of the SDGs.”

2. COP28 (Dubai) – emphasised the fact that “we don't have time”. We agreed to higher ambition including a pathway to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, better inclusion and sustainable financing. “The COP28 agreement signals the “beginning of the end” of the fossil fuel era by laying the ground for a swift, just and equitable transition, underpinned by deep emissions cuts and scaled-up finance.”

3. Africa Women and Children's conference (Accra) and follow up events in Nairobi and Dubai – placed a spotlight on Africa’s youth and women's voices, entrepreneurship and innovation as being central to inclusive, resilient and sustainable development.

Looking forward, it is all hands on deck for the Summit of the Future in September 2024 that will consider ways to lay the foundations for more effective global cooperation that can deal with today’s challenges as well as new threats in the future. Coming up with integrated solutions through an inclusive process that places the voices, aspirations and solutions of youth and underrepresented groups will be key to unlocking the creativity and innovation of all Africans to build the bright future we all want.

In the symphony of retrospection and anticipation, this Newsletter presents a summary of my monthly articles for 2023. I wish you enjoyable reading and extend my gratitude to everyone that’s been a part of the process. Together, let us look towards 2024 with great hope, ambition and the unwavering pursuit of a brighter future for all.

Dr. Angela Lusigi
UNDP Resident Representative in Ghana

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