He was of the view that Science and Technology as well as financial muscles must be marshaled to overcome its impact.Kufuor, UN Special Envoy on Climate Change and a former Ghanaian president, made this call during the commissioning of Ghana’s Climate Innovation Centre (G-CIC) here on Tuesday.
Kufuor urged developed countries in particular to support Africa to muster the resources they could use to fight the phenomenon.
Although the promises and pledges have been there for some time, Kufuor said it was unfortunate they had not been fulfilled in terms of financial support and technological extension to the least developed countries.
“We need the global community. Unless the world moves together to do something by 2030 onto 2040 to keep temperature under three degrees Celsius, it will be like all of us being in the same boat; we either sail together or perhaps we may sink together,” Kufuor cautioned.
The World Bank Group and other partners, including the Danish government, the Netherlands, United Nations University (UNU), SNV, Info Development, and Ernst and Young are partnering the Ashesi University to build the center in a bid to aid the growth of a green economy in the country.
The center, established at Ashesi University, a leading private tertiary institution in the country, is to help over 100 clean technology businesses develop.
The 17 million-U.S. dollar center will also support Ghana’s National Climate Change Policy by contributing to the production of clean energy to mitigate up to 660,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Commissioning the center, Julius Debrah, Chief of Staff for Ghana’s President, John Mahama, said the government was glad to see that something that looked distant was becoming a reality.
“I am so excited to be associated with the official opening of such a program. We were just thinking about this as an idea and something that we thought was never going to be possible in our life time.”
Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, was of the view that by enabling entrepreneurs and green innovators to test and scale new clean technologies, homegrown businesses solutions could help the country build climate resilience while contributing to job creation and economic development.
“The Ghana CIC solidifies the role of the private sector in helping Ghana manage effects of Climate Change,” Kerali added.