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UN congratulates Ghana for peace in Dagbon

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has congratulated Ghana and the people of Dagbon for the restoration of peace in the area and the enskinment of a new Yaa-Naa after 17 years of protracted conflict.

 

A joint statement signed by Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and Ms. Gita Welch, Resident Representative of the UNDP in Ghana said the achievement demonstrates Ghana’s capacity to resolve local level conflicts.

 

“It is also a clear indication that through dialogue and nonviolent means, Ghana’s well-regarded democracy in Africa can be further enhanced,” the statement said.

 

“Peace building is a long-term undertaking. The restoration of peace in Dagbon removes a formidable obstacle to social cohesion and local stability and offers a unique opportunity to harness the full potentials of the kingdom for the benefit of the people of Dagbon and Ghana.”

 

The statement urged all stakeholders to continue the dialogue and consensus building to consolidate and sustain peace in Dagbon, assuring that the UNDP remains committed to facilitating continued efforts to further strengthen institutions for peace and conflict resolution and thus ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

The statement also noted that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development explicitly recognizes that sustained development and poverty eradication cannot be achieved without tackling conflict and insecurity.

 

The SDG 16 specifically commits UN member States to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”

 

The UNOWAS and UNDP UNOWAS commended President Nana Akufo-Addo for his commitment, perseverance and tireless efforts in bringing peace to Dagbon.

 

It further praised past governments and the Committee of Eminent Chiefs led by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II; Yagbonwura, Tuntumba Boresa Sulemana Jakpa I and Nayiri, Naa Bohogu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga for their role in bring peace to Dagbon.