Ghana’s president John Mahama and the Prime Minister of Norway, Ms. Erna Solberg, have been appointed co-chairs of a group of 16 eminent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates to support the Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030. The SDGs adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015 represents a commitment by all nations to work together to end poverty, achieve shared prosperity, build peace, and secure a life of dignity and a healthy planet for present and future generations. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who announced the appointment in New York today said the “16 Advocates will leverage their unique standing and leadership to promote the SDGs as part of an ambitious and transformative global agenda.” Working as champions of advocacy, the SDG Advocates will promote the universal character of the SDGs, including their commitment to leave no one behind; promote the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation and financing of the SDGs; encourage partnerships with governments, civil society and private sector to share knowledge and resources; and raise awareness for the integrated nature of the SDGs. Below is the full list of advocates: Co-Chairs His Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama President of the Republic of Ghana Her Excellency Ms. Erna Solberg Prime Minister of Norway Members: Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden Mr. Richard Curtis Screenwriter, Producer and Film Director Ambassador Dho Young-Shim Chairperson, United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty Foundation Ms. Leymah Gbowee Director Gbowee Peace Foundation Mr. Jack Ma Founder and Executive Chairman Alibaba Group Mrs. Graça Machel President Foundation of Community Development and the UNESCO National Commission in Mozambique Ms. Alaa Murabit Founder The Voice of Libyan Women Mr. Paul Polman Chief Executive Officer Unilever Professor Jeffrey Sachs Director Earth Institute at Colombia University Ms. Shakira Mebarak Artist/Singer Songwriter/Advocate Mr. Forest Whitaker Founder and Chief Executive Officer Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative Professor Muhammad Yunus Founder Grameen Bank
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