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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES

15 May

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

15 May 2012

This year’s International Day of Families highlights the need for work-family balance. The aim is to help workers everywhere to provide for their families financially and emotionally, while also contributing to the socioeconomic development of their societies.

Current trends underscore the growing importance of work-family policies. These include greater participation by women in the labour market, and growing urbanization and mobility in search for jobs. As families become smaller and generations live apart, extended kin are less available to offer care, and employed parents face rising challenges.

Millions of people around the world lack decent working conditions and the social support to care for their families. Affordable quality childcare is rarely available in developing countries, where many parents are forced to leave their preschool children home alone. Many young children are also left in the care of older siblings who, in turn, are pulled from school.

A number of countries offer generous leave provisions for mothers and fathers. Many more, however, extend few comprehensive benefits in line with international standards. Paternity leave provisions are still rare in the majority of developing countries.

Flexible working arrangements, including staggered working hours, compressed work schedules or telecommuting, are becoming more widely available – but there is much room for improvement everywhere. I am committed to this in our own organization, where we are currently looking at our own arrangements, and seeing what we can do better.

We need to respond to the ever-changing complexities of work and family life. I welcome the establishment of family-friendly workplaces through parental leave provisions, flexible working arrangements and better childcare.

Such policies and programmes are critical to enhancing the work-family balance. These actions can also lead to better working conditions, greater employee health and productivity, and a more concerted focus on gender equality.

Work-family balance policies demonstrate both a government’s commitment to the well-being of families and the private sector’s commitment to social responsibility On this International Day of Families, let us renew our pledge to promote work-family balance for the benefit of families and society at large.

PRESS RELEASE: UNAIDS launches “Believe it. Do it.” action campaign For HIV infections among children by 2015

9 May

 GENEVA, 8 May 2012

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today launched a new campaign, “Believe it. Do it., aimed at bringing attention and action to the global goal of ending new HIV infections among children by 2015 and ensuring mothers living with HIV remain healthy.

Each year, about 390 000 children become newly infected with HIV and as many as 42 000 women living with HIV die from complications relating to HIV and pregnancy. In 2011, world leaders at the United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS committed to ending new HIV infections among children by 2015 and saving mothers’ lives. A bold new global plan was adopted and action is underway.

“We have an amazing opportunity to change the world,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We have the commitment of world leaders but the clock is ticking and we cannot get from 390 000 to zero without you.”

UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassadors Naomi Watts and Annie Lennox are among the personalities adding their voices and commitment to “Believe it. Do it.” In addition, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Whoopi Goldberg joined Blair Underwood, Denis O’Hare, Alexandra Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos and Sujean Rim to create a public service announcement for the campaign with the message “I believe children everywhere can be born free from HIV—Believe it. Do it.”

Under the premise that ‘every day is Mother’s Day!’ UNAIDS also teamed up with artist Sujean Rim to create a series of e-cards celebrating families. Through public service announcements, an interactive web site and social media outreach, the campaign asks the public to take three simple actions:

Get the facts about ending new HIV infections among children

Send a message about the issue and the actions people can all take

Support a mother through one of the great organizations working with families

The campaign will be featured ahead of Mother’s Day on 11 May on the American morning television show Good Morning America and the 30-second public service announcement will appear on CNN International, CNN Domestic (U.S. market) as well as other media outlets.

For more information visit http://www.unaids.org/believeitdoit/

Contact UNAIDS Geneva | Sophie Barton-Knott | tel. +41 22 791 1697 | bartonknotts@unaids.org

UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative United Nations partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. Learn more at unaids.org.

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ROAD SAFETY MANAGEMENT SERVICES LIMITED INAUGURATES BOARD OF DIRECTORS

24 Apr

The Road Safety Management Services Ltd (RSMSL), a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies with the mandate of managing road safety in the country – has inaugurated a new board of directors to steer the affairs of the company.

In a short ceremony witnessed by management and staff of Jospong Group of Companies, RSMSL Management, five distinguished personalities were sworn in as members of the new Board of Directors for Road Safety Management Services Ltd.

The Board of Directors includes Mr. Joel E. Nettey as Chairman, Mr. Alex Kwadjo Boateng as a member of the Board and Mr. Inusah Musah, also as a member of the Board.  The rest are the General Manager of RSMSL, Air Commodore Dery as member of the Board and Madam Gifty Ofori as secretary of the Board.

Prof. Stephen Adei, the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Jospong Group of Companies, thanked the appointed members for accepting their respective roles and entreated them to bring their expertise and experience to help RSMSL undertake a national cause of reducing road carnage to the barest minimum. He told them that their responsibility as members of the Board was not to be involved in the day-to-day activities of the company but to formulate policies, oversee the right recruitment of personnel and set achievable targets for the company. He finally implored members to be dedicated in their duties and make it a priority to always read Board papers.

The Chief Executive Officer of Jospong Group of Companies, Dr.  Joseph Siaw Agyapong was very appreciative of the members for accepting to be part of RSMSL, and accepting to do a national service of preventing the loss of lives and properties through road accidents. He was very optimistic that members would work assiduously to ensure that the Road Safety Management initiative works.

Air Commodore Dery on his part welcomed the setting up of the Board of Directors to oversee the operations of the Company.  He said that the Board and Management will share responsibilities in the policy making and policy implementation for the firm. He emphasized that Management of RSMSL would have to work hard in order to account to the Board.

Members of the Board of Directors were sworn in to office by Rev. Asante Ayerh of the Church of Pentecost, Teshie District. In his acceptance remarks, Mr. Joel E. Nettey, Chairman of the Board, thanked the CEO of Jospong Group for the appointment of members. He stressed that members will not take the challenge of overseeing the operations of RSMSL lightly and they will implement policies that would affect the company positively. He also promised that the Board will not interfere with the day-to-day running of the company, which is the sole responsibility of management.

UN WOMEN ORGANISES MOUNT ABURI CLIMB TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

2 Mar

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women- UN Women, one priority area is to end gender-based violence and through the Ghana UNiTE Campaign initiative organized a walk to raise awareness on the need to end violence against women and girls. This was in preparation towards the Africa UNiTE Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, the regional component of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Global UNiTE Campaign to end violence against women and girls.
The historic climb to the Aburi Mountain under the theme ‘Speak Up, Climb Up’ also coincided with the events to mark this year International Women’s Day in Ghana. About 500 women and men from various institutions in the country participated in the event.
The National Programme Coordinator for UN Women Ghana, Ms. Afua Ansre explained that the Africa UNiTE Campaign was launched in 2010, during the week of the Africa Union’s Heads of State Summit., and it is a United Nations Inter-agency initiative bringing together 11 UN organizations to undertake coordinated actions and activities to eliminate violence against women and girls. She noted that, Mount Kilimanjaro Climb has been planned from March 5 to 9 this year and would involve at least one participant from each of the 54 African countries, members of from civil societies and the media.
Ms. Ansre further stated that, every woman and girl should live in a home where she is free from the threat of violence and every girl should be able to attend school without the risk of abuse. This she believes, together, we can change deeply rooted attitudes and practices that discriminate against women and girls in Ghana.
Ms. Salamatu Musah, an athlete and Ghana’s Representative in the Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, espoused that sports can be a venue for the empowerment of women, and through the leadership of female athletes, we can draw attention to the plight of abused women and children in Ghana and on the African continent.

ROAD ACCIDENTS TO REDUCE DRASTICALLY …As RS Management Services Gears up to Begin Operations.

17 Feb

ROAD ACCIDENTS TO REDUCE DRASTICALLY

…As RS Management Services Gears up to Begin Operations.

 

 

The Road Safety Management Services Limited (RSMSL), a road services provider, is set to start operations, amidst high prospects for job creation for thousands of Ghanaian youths.

 

The company, which is pursuing a multifaceted road safety management initiative aimed at enhancing safe road transportation, is making huge investments in what would change the face of road safety in the country.

 

Among other things, the company is rolling out its road safety project which is focusing on, investments in the establishment of facilities to provide advanced road safety.

 

The project, which is expected to generate some 4,000 jobs for the youth, is a collaborative initiative with the Ministries of Transport and Finance & Economic Planning, National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the Police Motor Transport and Traffic Unit (MTTU).

 

As part of the project, RSMSL is financing the supply, installation, operation and maintenance of a network of traffic cameras to check excessive speeding on the roads.

 

It is also investing in the building, operation and maintenance of a vehicle recovery and towing service centres on the highways for rapid removal and recovery of accident or broken down vehicles on the roads.

 

To aid the towing operations, the company is also investing in the construction of a full service vehicle parking centres that would accommodate towed and accident vehicles, as well as offer repair services to for faulty vehicles.

 

Additionally, the company, which is a wholly-owned Ghanaian firm specialised in road safety management through the use of electronic traffic, security and safety solutions, is building of rest stops on all the major roads in collaboration with the relevant Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

 

This is aimed at providing motorists with driving breaks so as to reduce road accidents attributable to driver fatigue.

These rest stops would also serve as service centres equipped with eco- and family-friendly facilities and will offer quick service dining, coffee, convenience retail, tourism information and fully-furnished washrooms.

 

The 24-hour rest centres are expected to be adequately equipped to provide motorists and travellers alike all the safety, security and other basic needs for total comfort during the course of the journey, such as emergency vehicle serving.

 

Furthermore, the company is financing the acquisition of an initial 20 state-of-the-art ambulances to ensure the provision of a consistent and reliable ambulance services at vantage points on major roads.

 

The benefit of the company’s planned investments range from job creation through skills acquisition and technology transfer to accelerated economic development.

 

On job creation, with the exception of a few expatriate staff who are expected to provide technical advisory services and support in the stages of the project, the entire operations is to be fully staffed by Ghanaians.

 

The project is envisaged to provide an initial employment for about 1,000 Ghanaians who will man the communication, recovery and service centres along the major roads.

 

The establishment of the various Rest Stops and Service Centres along our highways will also create about 350 construction related jobs and around 2,500 in the service delivery system. Aside from these direct job avenues to be created, these centres will also generate other economic spinoffs for the surrounding communities

 

It is also envisaged that the ambulance service to be established would generate employment for at least 100 Ghanaians at the onset.

 

According to management of the company, the project will significantly contribute to poverty reduction, and also help the government to save cost from effects of road accidents.

 

Apart from the generation of close to 4000 jobs for the youth, the project is expected to offer a further boost to vehicle and equipment parts dealers as all other providers of resources needed for the smooth running and maintenance of the various facilities under RSMSL projects.

 

“The smooth take off of these projects present the nation with opportunities for significant development and transfer of skills in technology applications to road safety and security management. The operations of the company are geared at addressing the four major areas identified the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) as contributing factors to road traffic accidents.

 

According to the NRSC, the company’s collaborative partner, human Factors unsafe vehicles, including broken down and abandoned vehicles, road and environmental hazards and poor emergency medical response are the contributory factors to road accidents in the country.

The Police Administration, which has expressed its commitment to work with RSMSL, is optimistic that the project would help to the major challenge of the unavailability of proper towing services facing MTTU.

Paul Tawiah Quaye, the IGP, recently expressed about the operations of RSMSL, whose technological expertise and resources in towing services, he observed, will help to reduce deaths, create jobs and accelerate the economic development in the country.

Recent statistics show that six people die daily through road accidents, culminating in some 1,800 people perishing annually.

Twenty three percent of the victims are occupants of commercial vehicles, while majority accidents are caused by the presence of broken-down vehicles on the roads.

 

“DESIST DUMPING WASTE INTO THE SEA” … TMA Waste Management Boss Dears

16 Feb