UN holds forum for students to mark World Environment Day

Accra – As part of events to mark this year’s World Environment Day, the UN system in Ghana has held an outreach program for about 400 students in Sunyani, in the Brong Ahafo region in Ghana. The program which took the form of a forum and organized by UNIC Accra, under the umbrella of the UNCG, was aimed at sensitizing the youth on issues about Green Economy, Sustainable Development and Climate Change. It was also to create awareness about the United Nations and its mandate vis-à-vis the environment and sustainable development.

The forum, under the theme, Greening our environment: The role of the youth, was held on June 4, 2012 at the Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG). It provided the platform for the UN to engage the youth in issues about the environment ahead of the National World Environment Day celebrations which was held on June 5 in the same region.

Staff of the United Nations Development Program, UN Women, FAO and UNHCR took turns to address students on their agency’s mandates and how they relate to the environment and sustainable development. The students were very much enthused about what they learnt.  During the Q & A session, students asked some very intriguing questions such as “What is the UN doing to curb the growing number of refugees in Ghana and in the world?”; “What is the UN doing to reverse drought in Niger?” and “What innovations can be introduced to prevent palm wine tappers from cutting down palm trees in the country?” From all indications, it appeared that the students wanted more answers to many questions than time could provide.

The NIO of UNIC Accra, Ms Cynthia Prah encouraged the students to cultivate the havit of reading and use the internet as a research tool. She assured the students of more such programs in the area and thanked the management of the CUCG for providing their premises gratis for use by the UN.

The Assistant Headmistress of Notre Dame Girls Secondary School, Rev Sis Ann Coleman, thanked the UN for bringing to the door steps of the students such viable information about the UN and the role of the various agencies.

The Assistant Registrar of the CUCG, Mr. Emmanuel Kaba, in a welcome statement, admonished students to take their studies seriously and help to curb damage to the environment by keeping their surroundings clean.