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Dr Emmanuel Tachie-Obeng-National Focal Person on Climate Change Education and Awareness creation has described the just ended Africa climate week conference as one of the best.

He said it provided opportunities for Ghana to showcase actions being undertaken to reduce global warming and its impact as far as climate change related problems were concerned.

He noted that the conference enabled government to engage investors to see how best to create the enabling environment for partnership during and after the conference.

Topics discussed included; Building capacity transparency, innovation and investment, youth led climate action, carbon pricing, cities and local actions.

Dr Tachie-Obeng who said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra indicated that people now understood the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCS) which, when implemented would help combat the impact of climate change.

The five days conference began on March 18, 2019 brought together participants from diverse institutional backgrounds and countries across the globe and was on the theme; Climate Action in Africa A Race We Can Win.

Mr Kyekyeku Yaw Oppong-Boadi, National Focal Person for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change who also spoke to the GNA, expressed satisfaction at the level of participation by the civil society organisations and the public adding, that ‘’ we had high level engagement with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, and the United Nations special Envoy and Organisations which provided participants a lot of room to ask questions.

He commended the UNFCCC for their presence and the ability of the Secretariat for various programmes adding that Ghana had three engagements at the conference which were forum on Ghana NDCs, Ghana high level opening COP24 outcome and ambition and Ghana day.

He said the conference has sensitised the various stakeholders on the urgent need to take serious actions towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement is aimed at strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

He said there was exchange of ideas as Ministers met their counterparts and Non-Governmental Organisations and who all made their inputs.

According to Mr Oppong-Boadi, the conference led to the improvement of knowledge on issues of gender, carbon pricing, transfer of technology and expressed the hope that the outcome of the conference would lead to more cooperation by the international community to galvanise support for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Mr Richard Bernstein Akakpo of Foundation for Social and Economic Empowerment also expressed satisfaction at the level of civil society engagement and policy makers saying government alone could not do it.

Dr Ama Tagbor, Head of Advanced MaterialScience Division at the Building and Road Research Institutie (BRRI) of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research in Kumasi said the conference met her expectations because the research unit of the BRRI recently formed climate change and resilient infrastructure research unit.

She said activities to be undertaken included; assessing and modelling of the impact of climate change on infrastructure, research into design of climate resilient infrastructure and compliance of green house gas emissions in the short to medium term.



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