Leadership UN appoints ex-president Mahama to top position

Together with Norway Prime Minister, Ms Erna Solberg, Mahama will co-chair the group to help make sure that the SDGs are achieved by 2030

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Former President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama has been appointed by the United Nations (UN) to co-chairman of a group of 16 advocates of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) project.

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Together with Norway Prime Minister, Ms Erna Solberg, Mahama will co-chair the group to help make sure that the SDGs are achieved by 2030.

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A statement by the UN said the 16 chosen advocates will come in handy by using “their unique standing and leadership to promote the SDGs as part of an ambitious and transformative global agenda.”

The SDGs were instituted to help reduce the level of poverty and promote peace around the world. It was adopted by all member nations of the UN in 2015.

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Mahama and Solberg are expected to aid the general-secretary in making sure that the majority of UN nations have achieved the SDGs by 2030.

Below is the full list of advocates:


  • His Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama - Former president of the Republic of Ghana
  • Her Excellency Ms. Erna Solberg - Prime Minister of Norway


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

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