Ghana has become one of the latest signatories to the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace.
President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, made the disclosure during the just-ended well-attended "Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100", a concert that honoured the centenary and celebrated the legacy of South Africa's first democratic President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
The event, which took place at the over 90,000 seater FNB stadium in Johannesburg, aimed primarily at achieving the SDG goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030.
It forms part of an international movement that seeks to demand action against hunger, gender inequality, girl-child education, by bringing together world leaders, philanthropic influencers, celebrities and other members of society to pledge and commit to making a difference.
With this endorsement, Ghana has joined the growing list of countries who are now signatories to the global initiative launced by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, in November, this year.
This high-level declaration on developing common principles for securing cyberspace, has already received the backing of several civil society organisations, as well as many private companies including Microsoft, Google and Facebook amongst others.
Cyberspace, which is becoming increasingly central to everyone's life, has become not only a place of opportunity, but also that of new threats. The growth in cybercrime and malicious activities online, endangers both private data and critical infrastructure.
Perhaps it is in this regard that Ghana is openly supporting the Paris Call.
Digital Peace Confab
President Akufo-Addo further disclosed that, next year, the country will host the first ever International Global Peace Initiative, which is intended to forge the connection between Peace and Development.
"We want you to join us for that event and to reflect on how digital peace can be made foundational to Global Peace," he said.
As at the time of filing this report, 57 major commitments worth $7.1bn or approximately 100bn Rand, has been raised.
This amount of money is set to affect the lives of 137,368,628 people worldwide.
Earlier, the Co-founder and CEO of Motsepe Foundation, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, pledged to donate $100m.
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, via a video message played at the event, gave the assurance that he will increase his government’s budget towards educating the youth to 30 percent, making it the highest on the African continent.
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, on his part, pledged US$50 million to the Global Citizen initiative towards educating children across the world.
Trudeau made the announcement in a response to one of the festival’s hosts Trevor Noah who called for world leaders to heed the call to contribute towards education.
A-list stars Wow The Crowd
Thousands of music fans, many of whom had received free tickets to reward their activism and campaigning work, flocked to the stadium hours before the concert began.
It was a who-is-who affair with famous faces on parade both on and off-stage, when A-list artistes from all over the world descended on the stadium to raise awareness about poverty and pay tribute to struggle hero, Nelson Mandela.
A constellation of global stars that included Beyonce, Jay Z, D'banj, Tiwa Savage, Cassper, ShoMadjozi, Pharrell Williams, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Usher and a host of others, thrilled the capacity filled stadium at the Festival.
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