Eu Day

The Head of the EU Delegation to Ghana, Ambassador Diana Acconcia, has reaffirmed the Union’s commitment of protecting the environment to help fight against climate change which is seriously causing a debilitating effect.

According to her, climate change and adapting to its effects is critical for promoting global development.

This is the reason the EU is committed to support Ghana in the implementation and achievement of its ambitious National Determined Contributions to face the challenges of Climate Change.

Ambassador Diana Acconcia, made this known at her residence in Accra, during the reception for Europe Day.
“We have a commitment to ensure that 25% of our development assistance has a climate impact.
In fact we are already doing more than this in Ghana with the Agriculture Programme in the Northern regions of Ghana.

This is the EU’s largest programme, and has a substantial component of adaptions to climate change and support to renewable energy, in a region which particularly threatened,” she stated.

The EU will continue to mainstream climate change in its cooperation, partnerships and political engagements.
However, she also lauded Ghana’s democracy, peace and stability; adding that it is a treasure as well as an asset to economic growth. She therefore underscored the need for ending political violence in the country.

The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Ghana, Hon. Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, also noted that Ghana is committed to ensuring peace and security both internally and the region. This he said, peace has finally returned to Dagbon after years disturbances.

“As we come together to mark ‘Europe Day’ today, may I call on the EU to continue to partner the Government Ghana to find lasting solutions to the insecurity in the Sahel. What happened in Burkina Faso a few weeks ago is a reminder that we are all living in dangerous times.

We therefore, need to make concerted and collective efforts to tackle efforts to tackle terrorism everywhere in the world,” he stated.

According to him, Ghana will continue to shine that exemplary light as a peaceful, stable, democratic nation, and a respecter of individual liberties and human rights as well as religious tolerance and pluralism.

Touching on environment, he noted that, Climate Change issues are very dear to the Government of Ghana.
It was in this regard, that upon assumption of office in January 2017, H.E. President Akufo-Addo put together an Inter-Ministerial Task Force to fight illegal mining that has decimated farm lands and forests and polluted water bodies and the environment as a whole.

“Globally statistics show that developed countries tend to emit more greenhouse gases than the developing countries.
Ghana, therefore, stands ready to continue partnering with the EU in the fight against Climate Change and environmental degradation, for it is only through collective efforts that we can change the narrative,” he stated.

According to him, the EU is Ghana’s largest multilateral development and trade partner. Currently, about half of all Official Development Assistance (ODA) received by Ghana is financed by the European
Union and its Member-States with a large part of the assistance coming in the form of grants.

“In the more than forty years of cooperation, the EU has extended over EUR 1.2 billion to Ghana which amount has been allocated to the various sectors of the economy including: Transport and infrastructure; Agriculture and rural development; Macro-economic and Budget Support; Governance and social sectors; the Environment and Natural resources,” he noted.

Some specific projects have included the construction of feeder roads, the rehabilitation of trunk roads, and the construction of social facilities such as school blocks and rural clinics.

Irregular migration
Stressing that, Government’s efforts to stem the tide of irregular migration are paying off.
Statistics by the International Organization for Migration (IMO) indicate that there has been a sharp decline in the number of young men and women crossing the Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

From a figure of 5,756 in 2016, Ghana recorded 4,046 1n 2017 and a low 497 between January and July 2018. Government will continue to step-up efforts at controlling illegal migration.

The Europe Day is held on 9 May every year to celebrate peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of Robert Schuman’s Declaration in 1950, where he projected his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.

This year’s Europe was dedication green environment with an exhibition under the theme:Designing the for the Future”

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