ACCRA, Finance Minister Mr Ken Ofori-Atta has given an assurance that the government will collaborate with the relevant stakeholders in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ghana had been a critical player throughout the negotiations of the SDGs and since their adoption, Ghana had remained committed to their implementation and monitoring, he said in his speech read on his behalf at the Ghana Data Roadmap Forum here Wednesday.

The forum aims to identify data gaps and align national priorities towards achieving the SDGs under the United Nations Agenda 2030.

“Ghana has remained committed to the goals, therefore, an SDGs Implementation Co-ordinating Committee has been established with representation from the Ghana Statistical Service, civil society organizations, the private sector and academia in realising the targets,” he said.

He added that the committee had been working to align the SDGs to national and regional economic priorities and to galvanise support towards achieving the goals, which are underpinned by the commitment to peace and justice in all countries.

He said key among the goals are ending poverty and hunger, gender equality, recognizing the equality of all people, clean water and energy and commitment to responsible consumption.

Ghana, through the Statistical Service, had been actively looking for new ideas and innovations externally to meet the data challenges of the goals. The country has joined a global network for harnessing resources for meeting the SDGs and expressed optimism that the global partners will work towards meeting the targets by 2030.

Dr Claire Melamed, the Executive Director of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, said data was key infrastructure for social programmes, therefore, for any society to progress there was the need to know more about the world around it and get new data sources.

She said the forum would enable data actors across the globe to share their experiences and opportunities in realising their goals.