Queen Mathilde has been in Ghana on a working visit, focusing on the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Queen Mathilde is an Advocate for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, appointed by then UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, in 2016.
Her Majesty was accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Development Cooperation.
Per the UN website, Sustainable Development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
A total of 17 goals were established in 2015: no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and architecture; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace, justice and strong institutions; and partnerships for the goals.
Queen Mathilde is in Ghana to see how the country is adopting the Sustainable Development Goals; and per the Royal House, will see “examples of local best practice projects…[with] special attention to quality education, good health, including mental health and economic empowerment of women.”
Queen Mathilde and the Belgian party will see what lessons Belgium and other African countries can learn from Ghana’s adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on women’s issues pertaining to education, health and economic empowerment.
According to the Royal House, “The Queen will encourage local initiatives having a real impact on the population’s daily lives, and will speak with local communities.”
Queen Mathilde has visited Teshie Presby High School, Makola Market, Niche Cocoa Industry, and has also lunched with the First Lady of Ghana and other important women.
Queen Mathilde’s visit ends today, with the Queen and Belgian Prime Minister delivering a speech at the University of Ghana, the theme of which is “Sustainable Development Goals Transformative Agenda to Change Our World.”