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Community sensitisation and clean-up exercise ahead of UN Ocean Conference

Tema, June 1, 2017 – Ahead of the Ocean Conference, which begins today in New York, the UN Information Centre in Accra has undertaken a sensitisation and clean-up exercise to bring home the message of the need to join hands to reverse the decline in the health of our ocean. The event was supported by the Department of Public Information Outreach Division, New York, UNDP, FAO, and Zoomlion Ghana Limited, a waste management and environmental sanitation company. The event was held in partnership with Abibimman Foundation, a local NGO.

The canoe fishing harbour

 

Mr. Gueye addressing the gathering

Business at the Tema Canoe Fishing Harbour and market was interrupted for about 2 hours as officials addressed the community against bad practices that pose a threat to the ocean.  The head of the community, Nii Odametey Auwdum advised the fisher folks against the use of plastic bags for their businesses stating that apart from its nuisance, plastics pose serious threat to life in the sea. He said his office may consider banning the use of plastics in the community if the practice persists.

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Surge in voluntary commitments for ocean action as Conference to halt ocean degradation set to open

New York, 2 June—A surge in the number of voluntary commitments to take action to improve the health of the ocean by countries, businesses and civil society groups has been recorded, and more are expected as the Ocean Conference gets underway Monday, 5 June  at United Nations Headquarter in New York.

The commitments, now numbering over 600 and still increasing, come as heads of state and government and ministers will join ocean leaders, experts, businesses, and civil society organizations to discuss solutions that restore the health of the world’s ocean.  The commitments target a wide range of ocean problems, ranging from protecting coral reefs, strengthening sustainable fisheries, reducing plastic pollution, and addressing the impacts of climate change on the ocean. Read further

Ghana assures the UN of its commitment to peacekeeping

Accra, 29 May 2017 – Ghana has assured the United Nations of its support to UN peacekeeping. The Minister for the Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery made this assurance at this year’s national flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony held in Accra. He said “we can succeed in building a vibrant and stable democracy underpinned by a prosperous economy, only if we work relentlessly to maintain the peace and security…”

Hon Ambrose Dery, Min for the Interior

The solemn event was attended by the UN Resident Coordinator, the Chief of Defence Staff, the Heads of the various security services, members of the Diplomatic Corp and the various security services, traditional leaders and students. Four wreaths were laid to pay tribute to peacekeepers on behalf of the United Nations, the Government and people of

UN RC lays a wreath on behalf of the UN

Ghana, the Security Services and on behalf of the families of the fallen peacekeepers.

In an address, the UN Resident Coordinator, Christine Evans-Klock said development takes place when there is peace.  She said, the contributions of the

Both UN and Ghana flags being raised

peacekeepers to maintain peace “helps make it possible to pursue sustainable development…” She expressed the UN’s gratitude for Ghana contributions to UN peacekeeping operations.

Prior to this ceremony, a dialogue on the theme, “UN Peacekeeping: Investing in Peace Around the World” was organised last week to provide insight into Ghana’s investment and substantial presence in peacekeeping. The panel were represented by the Ghana Armed Forces,

Mr. Antwi-Danso delivers his opening remarks

the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Prisons Service and the Ghana Immigration Service.  The event was hosted by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra. The event was moderated by Mr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, Director of Academic Affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces and Staff College.

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Science Communication Requires Collaboration

Accra, 5 May 2017Effective science communication requires more collaboration between researchers, communications officers and journalists. This was one of the key messages in a 2-day science reporting workshop jointly organised by the United Nations University Institute for Natural

A cross section of the participants

Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), the United Nations University Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Netherlands and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Accra. The workshop, dubbed “Reach & Turn” aimed to help bridge the gap between science communication and science journalism. A press release issued by the UNU-INRA, indicates that the workshop was a joint UN effort aims at contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (particularly SDG#4 (Quality Education), #13 (Climate Action) and #17 (Partnership).

UNESCO & partners to hold music conference in commemoration of International Jazz Day

Accra, 19 April 2017 – The sixth annual International Jazz Day will be observed globally on 30 April 2017. The day will culminate with an All-Star Global Concert presented at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, the Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO. The concert will be live streamed by UNESCO and will feature an extraordinary array of artists from around the world paying tribute to the international art form of jazz.

In Ghana, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation will collaborate with Alliance Française and the International Music Council to organise the 3rd Impact Music Conference which seeks to bring together creators, record labels, content platforms and creative entrepreneurs to discuss the various opportunities and challenges that the emergence of digital tools has had in the music sector.

The conference which is funded by the UNESCO Participation Programme, will take place on April 26 & 27 @ 9am with a special focus on the role that women can/should play in the music sector.  The sessions will be interactive, accessible to everyone and practical and relevant for young female music/culture professionals.

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UN officials denounce reprehensible acts of vigilante groups in Ghana

Accra, 10 April 2017 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, and the Resident Coordinator of the UN system in Ghana, Christine Evans-Klock, have followed with consternation the acts of impunity perpetrated by the Delta Force vigilante group in Ghana and outrightly denounce these reprehensible acts.

In a joint press release issued in Accra today, they both welcome positively the unambiguous condemnation of these acts by the government and expect that all necessary measures will be taken to investigate these actions and bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

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Remember Slavery tour of the Slave River site: Views from students

Assin Manso, Ghana, 7 April 2017 – The United Nations Information Centre in Accra led about 1000 students to tour the Assin Manso River as part of this year’s International Day of
Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Referred to as the Slave River, the Assin Manso River runs through the woods in Assin Manso, some 40km down the Cape Coast-Kumasi highway.

Students enter the slave river site

It is believed that captives from different parts of the country and other West African countries were held at the Slave River, where they received their last bath, they were auctioned and branded before led to the slave castle in Cape Coast and transported out of the country.

What do the students think of the tour and the lessons they have learnt? Read this special compilation by UNIC Accra.

Over 1000 students tour Slave River in Ghana to remember slavery

Assin Manso, 3 April 2017 – Some 1000 students from three schools in Assin Manso in the Central region of Ghana joined the rest of the world this year to mark the International Day for the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade with a tour of the Assin Manso river site and to reflect on the ordeal of slaves who were held there. The tour of the site was organized by UNIC Accra with support from the Department of Public Information Remember Slavery Programme.

Mr. Addo briefs students

Referred to as the Slave River, the Assin Manso River runs through the woods in Assin Manso, some 40 kilometers down the Cape Coast-Kumasi highway. It is believed that slaves from the Northern part of the country and from other West African countries were held at the Slave River, where they received their last bath, auctioned and branded before led to the slave castle in Cape Coast and transported out of the country.

Students at the river

The students, from Assin Manso Senior High School, Adankwaman Senior High School in Assin Darmang and Assin Nsuta Agriculture Senior High School in Assin Nsuta, were briefed by the Slave River site manager, Mr. Kwaku Addo.  He explained the concept of slavery to the students and cautioned them against prejudices and injustice. The students later took turns to tour the site to gain a deeper understanding of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the agony of the slaves. For these students, reliving the moments of the slaves at the Slave River, was educative, informative and emotional.   In an interview, 16-year-old Albert Dwumfor Sarpong remarks: “coming here helps us to know and appreciate the past and to honour our ancestors”.  And 16-year-old Millicent Gyamfi adds: “I have learnt that we are all equal, we should denounce maltreatment and we should learn to work together for our common good”. Continue reading

UN Peacekeepers Provide Urgently Needed Medical Services to Population in Leer

South Sudan, 27 March 2017 – Ghanaian peacekeeping troops (GHANBATT) serving under the UN Mission in South Sudan are providing desperately needed medical services to the local population in Leer County in Southern Unity state.

Dr. Agyiri

Health facilities in the region have been subject to looting during the on-going conflict.  In addition, several local health partners were evacuated, leaving the county without a functioning health facility to provide basic services.

These dire circumstances made UN peacekeepers step in to lend aid to pregnant women suffering complications during delivery at the clinic in Leer.

Dr. Bny Agyiri, a physician with the Ghanaian battalion operating at the temporary base, explained their activities in the county. Read further.

Ghanaian Peacekeepers Save Lives by Swiftly Containing Fire Outbreaks in a South Sudan’s Protection site

South Sudan, 27 March 2017 – Swift, well-coordinated actions by different components of UNMISS saw two separate outbreaks of fire in the Bentiu protection of civilians site being taken care of without any resulting deaths or injuries. The fires, occurring over the weekend, destroyed a total of 117 shelters.

 “The coordination between different components of UNMISS was really commendable and that was what made a timely and effective response possible,” says Anastasie Nyirigira, Acting Head of the UNMISS Bentiu Field Office. 

As soon as the fire was reported, an integrated team consisting of members of the  the Ghanaian military troops and Formed Police Unit, UN Police, Mongolian troops and UN Security personnel responded swiftly. They controlled the fire, and kept people safely away from it.

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