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Regional News of Monday, 15 July 2019


MSCF leads Ghanaian Chiefs delegation to SDG summit in US

Chiefs selected to attend 68th Civil Society Conference in US

The Martisans Sports and Cultural Foundation (MSCF), a non governmental organisation is set to lead a delegation of Ghanaian Chiefs to the United States (US) to attend the 68th United Nations (UN) Civil Society Conference.

A statement issued by the President and Founder of MSCF, Desmond Kwame Mantey, indicated that the conference is scheduled to take place at Salt Lake Utah, from 26-28 August, 2019.

According to the statement, MSCF is leading the delegation in line with its plans to scale up efforts to promote community development and also help achieve the the UN SDG 2030.

It said among the chiefs going to the US are; Nii Tetteh Otu II, paramount chief of Kpone, Nii Boye Lumor Modza I, Gonti of Nungua, Nii Abobonua IV, Mr. Kelvin Nii Tackie, Ga Mantse, Naa Adokailey Notse I Queen mother of Denchira, Nii Gonten Teiko Tsuru, Naa Borley Konu Queen mother of Nungua and Mr. Joshua Nii Bortey, Municpal Chief Executive of the Nungua Krowor municipal assembly.

The focus of this year’s conference, it said, is on SDG 11 with the theme: “Building inclusive and sustainable cities”.

The SDG 11 focuses on how to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, and resilient and sustainable by 2030.

"Against this backdrop, MSCF aim is to further inform our traditional chiefs and local community leaders on the role they can play in bringing about community development in diverse ways to the communities in line with UN SDG 2030 and further work together to mobilize resources to help implement the various initiative the foundation plans to carry out in the various communities," it said.

It added that through the conference, the traditional leaders would enhance their knowledge on their role in shaping community development and building inclusive and sustainable cities and also create the needed partnership for development with various international stakeholders.

"As part of their partnership with the traditional authorities, MSCF hopes to enhance the capacity of local chiefs by informing them of their role in community development and also inform them of resources available to the community for development in diverse areas from international donors," it added.

It observed that "the foundation also hopes to broaden the network of the chiefs with regards to community development by connecting them to various international development agencies and donors who support community development in developing countries."

The statement explained that "Nii Tetteh Otu II, paramount chief of Kpone traditional area in a meeting with executives of MSCF lauded the foundations initiative and thanked the president Mr. Desmond Mantey for their innovative idea to include the local chiefs in their programs and projects to spearhead community development. Nii Tetteh Otu II, further made a plea to all stakeholder to support the foundation in any possible way to help realize these and other objectives the foundation has planned for the community."

Meanwhile, in a related meeting with the Nungua Traditional Council, Mr. Mantey, president of MSCF reiterated the intention of MSCF to roll out advocacy and other outreach programs targeted at the youth, girls and women in a bid to empower them, equip them with vital sporting and social skills and further help facilitate community development in line with UN SDG 2030.

Nii Boye Lumor Modza I, Gonti of Nungua in his response lauded the foundation for its initiatives and further hoped that the collaboration between the Nungua Traditional council and MSCF will be long lasting and also help further the community’s development agenda.