UNDP Ghana in partnership with the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) has joined the global Community to use the 2019 SGS to bring climate action to the forefront of conversation and commitment in the fight towards protecting Planet- Earth.
Speaking at the 2019 Social Good Summit in Accra, under the theme:”Take Action To Save The Planet! Climate Change Is Real”, the economic analyst at UNDP, Sylvia Senu stated that as part of activities for 2019 SGS, UNDP Ghana will convene a stakeholders engagement and panel discussions on climate change and also host a Youth in Climate Action video challenge with winners being celebrated at the summit, exhibitions of innovative Climate smart solutions and advocacy of climate change and sustainable development goals (SDGs).
According to her, the summit will bring more attention on the sustainable Goal 13 (Climate Action) and how young people can contribute to the fight against the menace and also provide ways of achieving it.
UNDP has also collabrated with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), in helping vulnerable communities in Northern Ghana to better manage their water resources and diversify livelihoods. With funding from the adaptation Fund, a 4 year project supports, small – scale irrigation schemes and water harvesting systems will be provided to ensure year – round water availability for agricultural production and productivity.
Additionally, UNDP has also supported the drilling of boreholes, construction and rehabilitating of sand dams and canals, as well as providing alternative livelihood interventions such as shea butter and groundnut oil extraction, beekeeping, fish farming, tree seedling nurseries and dry season vegetable production in 50 communities in Northern Ghana.
Sylvia Senu further stressed on the partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) programme and indicated thatUNDP in collabration with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), also trained selected journalists on Climate Change and Green Economy and urged the journalists to report more on climate change and green economy issues to increase awareness to facilitate climate actions.
Story By: Kwadwo Baffour Atuahene