The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Honourable Dr. Joseph Oteng-Adjei has said that, in recent years, the economic development of Ghana has assumed major transformational pace and that the economy is now on the pedestal of transition to socially-inclusive accelerated sustainable growth.

He added that, ?Ghana, fully believes that such development trajectory cannot be attained without putting in place policies that will address the impacts of climate change?

The Minister explained that this is so, because the negative impacts of climate change pose serious threats to the key and sensitive productive sectors of the economy.

Dr. Oteng-Adjei announced that government is therefore resolved to tackle climate change issues not in isolation and also taking practical steps within the context of national development to build resilience where they are needed most and at the same time tap into the opportunities it presents to us at various levels.

He hinted that as a continued effort to meet its obligation under the convention, Ghana is preparing its Third National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and towards this end, he said Ghana has recently received official approval from the Global Environment Facility to commence its ?initial biennial update report.?

The Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Honourable Dr. Bernice Heloo said these when she ed Keynote address on behalf of the Minister at the opening ceremony of the 11th Meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue on Climate Change in Accra.

The programme was organized by the Ministry in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought together countries across the world for the conference.

Minister expressed his sincere gratitude to the Cartagena Secretariat for choosing to host the Dialogue in Ghana, to take stock of the Bonn June Session and strategize for the Conference of Parties (COP) 19 in Warsaw, Poland.

noted that recent studies by the World Bank and collaborated by other studies in Ghana estimate that Ghana would need nearly USD314.1 million and USD420 million by 2020 and 2050 respectively to execute its mitigation measures and an additional $300 – $400million per annum to meet economy-wide adaptation costs.

Minister said government has therefore become fully conscious of the indispensable risk and opportunities climate change poses to realizing the long-term development objectives of the country and ?willing to tackle it head-on

In recognition of the fact that climate change poses risk to attaining Ghana?s development objectives, government is putting in place adequate measures, including the leveraging of adequate resources to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the development of the country, he pointed out.

By Lovelace Opoku-Agyemang/The Moment

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