Ghana to host Africa Climate Chance Summit in October

Africa

By
Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA

Accra, Sept. 13, GNA- Ghana will host the
second edition of the Africa Climate Chance Summit in Accra from October 16-18,
which will bring together over 2,000 non-state actors, local government
stakeholders and development partners, to exchange ideas on climate change
adaptation actions.

The summit will be hosted by the Ministry of
Local Government and Rural Development, in collaboration with the National
Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG), the Climate Chance
Association, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation,
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United Cities and Local
Government-Africa (UCLGs) and the Ministry of Information.

The three-day event, which will be held
under the theme: “Stepping up Local Climate Action in Africa”, will serve as a
platform for delegates to discuss and review actions and efforts being made
towards climate change adaptation in Africa.

Speaking at a media briefing in Accra on
Friday, to update the public on the upcoming summit, Hajia Alima Mahama, the
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), whose address was
read by Mr Augustine Collins Ntim, a Deputy Minister of the MLGRD, said there
would be presentation of proposals on climate action best practices in Africa
on eight thematic areas.

The participants would review the progress
of the African sectoral coalitions and their roadmaps in a first review of the
2018 Africa Climate Chance Summit held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and outline
tangible activities to be carried out in various African sectoral collations.

They would also work to deliver common
messages, priority action plans, commitments, concrete proposals and
recommendations on climate change challenges from African sub-national and
non-state actors, which would be shared during international climate events.

Other important topics outlined for
deliberations at the summit include: Adaptation and Water in Africa,
Agriculture, Food Security and Reforestation, Sustainable Building and
Accessibility in Africa and Financing of Climate Actions.

Hajia Alima Mahama said the upcoming summit
fell within the context of other relevant global events including, the One
Planet Summit held in Nairobi in March this year, African Climate Week held in
Accra earlier this year, COPS25 expected to be held in December this year in
Chile and Africa-France Summit slated for June 2020 in France.

The Minister said the Akufo-Addo’s
Government is passionate about issues of environment and has accepted to play a
critical role in making the summit a success.

She said government is committed to
promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in the various
developmental agenda at the national and international levels.

She underscored the need for both state and
non-state actors to show interest and commitment towards sustainable
development since climate change was threatening food security, energy, water
resources, biodiversity and human health.

In view of this, she said, Ghana has
developed its National Determined Contributions Framework on Disaster Risk
Reduction, National Policy and Strategies as well as Action Plans in line with
the global agenda (Paris Agreement) to deal with the effects of climate change.

Mr Bismark Baisie, the National President of
NALAG, in his welcome address, expressed NALAG’s commitment to work
collaboratively with other state and non-state institutions to promote,
strengthen and ensure sustainable environmental practices.

He assured of NALAG’s full participation in
the summit and announced that 150 of the 260 metropolitan, municipal and
district assemblies had already registered to participate in the summit.

Mr Baisie said members of the local
authorities have been collaborating with government to help address some of the
challenges affecting the assemblies noting that any climate challenge affect
the local communities.

Therefore, it is prudent for the Association
to work in tandem with all stakeholders in addressing the phenomenon, saying;
“the issue of climate change is a collective responsibility”.

Senator Ronec Dantec, President of Climate
Chance Association, underlined the need for a national policy by various
governments around the world to drive climate change action plans.

He said implementing local actions and
adaptation of national strategies is crucial in addressing climate change
issues globally, adding that Africa could play a critical part in providing
solutions to the climate change menace.

President Akufo-Addo is expected to open a
high-level plenary session, while former UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban-Ki Moon,
is expected to attend, and use his presence in Ghana to pay a memorial visit to
the grave of late Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General and Diplomatic Icon.

GNA

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