Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Following the coming to conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) framework in 2015, the United Nations formally launched a follow-up framework, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 multi-faceted SDGs and their corresponding 169 targets constitute the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Global Development strategy beginning in 2016. All nations, both developed and developing, have signed onto the SDGs framework as central partners, with the ultimate hope of leaving ‘no-one behind’.

There is a general consensus, globally, that the scientific and research community has significant roles to play in the attainment of the SDGs, perhaps more than the MDGs. For example, addressing climate change necessitates monitoring and modelling a host of factors implicated in climate change, whereas promoting health requires insight into the pathophysiology of the various disease conditions to assist in the development of vaccines, medications, and general prevention strategies.

Research is also important in critical areas such as developing suitable metrics to evaluate progress on each SDGs, establish feasible monitoring mechanisms, as well as standardize and verify the accuracy of data pertaining to the SDGs. Others include proffering insight into the interlinkages between the SDGs and their underlying challenges. There is therefore the need to intensify research into the SDGs, particularly in low and middle-income countries, including Ghana, for the attainment of agenda 2030.

The Research and Grant Institute of Ghana is committed to promoting and supporting the attainment of the SDGs in Ghana via research generation, dissemination, and utilization, as well as advocacy and public awareness and education programs.



The REGIG is an independent, not-for profit organization dedicated to promoting the generation, dissemination, and utilization of research to facilitate the socioeconomic development of Ghana and to contribute to global scientific discourse.

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