(Ashiaman- Ghana) – From Tuesday, July 9, to Thursday, July 18, the annual High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) took place at United Nations headquarters in New York City.
The program attracted more than 2,000 participants, including some 100 government ministers. Over 40 countries have presented their Voluntary National Reviews.
The HLPF is the main U.N. platform for follow-up and review of the progress made toward the 2030 Agenda, consisting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were set out in 2015.
The departure was on 6th of July 2019 at Kotoka International Airport.
The Provincial Economer Fr Christof Nizniak traveled with Benson Osei-Savio Boateng and Ms Abigail F Gyabaa to Nairobi.
They were met on arrival by Fr Thomas the UN representative for Salesians of Don Bosco. He was in charge of the organisation of the event.
Ambassador of Samoa hosted the Don Bosco Youth Network West Africa delegation.
They got access to the UN and went to many places at the UN headquarters in New York.
Fr Mark at New Rochelle gave them a tour of their community and had Lunch with the delegates.
Ms Abigail F Gyabaa on the 11th at a side event represents the African Youth on Sustainable Development Goal 13, voicing Youth Aspirations and Climate Urgency.
Benson Osei-Savio Boateng , Advocacy and Networking coordinator of the Anglophone West Africa Salesian Province’s development office, showed what Salesian works in Ghana, especially Don Bosco Technical Institute, are doing to provide diverse educational programs that will meet the demand for skills training.
Madam Ugona and Madam Beauty Co board chairs of all Civil Society Organisations in Ghana supported the Salesians of Don Bosco at most of the events.
Friday 12 the team experienced Friday for the future where students come to demonstrate against climate change at the UN headquarters.
The Ghana exhibition stand was also that of the Civil Society Organisations and the team supported with explaining Ghana to those who visited the stand.
They delegation had lunch with Madam Martha Ama Akyaa Phoobe the permanent delegate to United Nations.
During the reading of the Voluntary National Review (VNR) report, Ghana was presented by government but Ghana presented with the civil societies.
Don Bosco at the High Level Political Forum helped represent the young people and their views to the world.