Category Archives: Press releases

Special Rep. of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa confers with President Mahama

Accra, 6 May 2014 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for West Africa, Mr. Said Djinnit was received in audience by HE Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana and Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government. On this occasion, the Special Representative congratulated the President on his election as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to continue to support ECOWAS in its efforts to lay a solid foundation for durable peace, security, development and stability in the region. The Special Representative informed President John Dramani Mahama of the excellent working relationship between the ECOWAS Commission and the United Nations.

Mr. Said Djinnit renewed his commitment to continue to partner with ECOWAS on the implementation of the Cross-border Security Strategy for the Mano River region; the inter-regional initiative against piracy and crimes at sea in the Gulf of Guinea; and in the ongoing process of the implementation of the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel.

The Special Representative and President Mahama also discussed cross-cutting issues such as transnational organized crime, including illicit drug trafficking, violent extremism and terrorism. They exchanged views on the political, social and security situations in the region as a number of countries in West Africa are expected to hold crucial elections in 2015 and beyond. Both President Mahama and SRSG Djinnit stressed the need to ensure that these elections are held in a peaceful environment, while underlining the necessity to consolidate transitional processes and democratic achievements in the region.

The SRSG expressed his outrage on the kidnapping of the more than 200 school girls in Northern Nigeria and the subsequent reported heinous statement of the leader of Boko Haram on the fate of the kidnapped girls. SRSG Djinnit expressed his solidarity with the affected families and with the people and Government of Nigeria. He underlined the importance of regional and international cooperation to fight terrorism.

This press release was issued by the United Nations Office for West Africa.


UN University Hails Ghana for Supporting Natural Resources Management Research in Africa

Accra, 29 April 2014 – The Director of the United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), Dr. Elias T. Ayuk has commended Ghana for its commitment in supporting research on natural resources management in Africa.

In a press release issued by UNU-INRA, the commendation was made during a courtesy call on the UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, Former President John Agyekum Kufuor in Accra by Dr. Ayuk and a Board Member of UNU-INRA, Professor Emmanuel Owusu-Bennoah.

UNU-INRA Director, Dr. Elias T. Ayuk (left) presenting the institute’s latest research reports on Climate Change and other related areas to Former President Kufuor (right).

UNU-INRA Director, Dr. Elias T. Ayuk (left) presenting the institute’s latest research reports on Climate Change and other related areas to Former President Kufuor (right).

The UNU-INRA Director used the occasion to congratulate Former President Kufuor on his appointment as the UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. He stated that Ghana is one of the few African countries that is committed to contributing to the UNU-INRA’s endowment fund through its Ministry of Education. He indicated that the fund is meant to support research on natural resources management in Africa, to inform policy formulation and implementation. The full press release is available here.

Pan-African Conference on Inequalities to take place in Accra in April

Accra – A 3-day international conference on the theme Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation will take place in Accra from April 28- 30, 2014. About 200 participants will discuss how the “…global development framework and the character of the transformation process have likely contributed to growing disparities…”. The conference is expected to forge linkages between the ongoing African developmental debates and the discussions on a post-MDGs development framework and contribute to the African agenda on inequalities in the context of the Africa 2063 agenda.

The Accra conference is a follow up to the Global Consultation on Inequalities, hosted jointly by the Government of Denmark and the Government of Ghana in February last year in the context of the Post-2015 development agenda consultation process.

For details, read the full press release issued by the National Development Planning Commission or visit the conference website.

Formalise Non-State Stakeholder Participation in the Extractive Industries – Says UNU-INRA Book

Accra – Formalising the interactions between non-state stakeholders and public agencies for collaborative governance could help in addressing some of the challenging issues in Africa’s extractive industries, says the United Nations University- Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), in a book entitled “Collaborative Governance in Extractive Industries in Africa”,

For further information, see the full press release issued by UNU-INRA.

UNIDO Director General visits Ghana, highlights importance of inclusive and sustainable industrial development

Accra – The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, has commended the ambition of the Government of Ghana to transform the economy and foster the creation of employment to achieve long-term socio-economic goals.  He however stressed the need for introducing policies to safeguard the environment and enhance green growth strategies in the country.  He made these remarks during his recent visit to Ghana. For details please read the full press release issued by UNIDO. 

60 students to tour Salaga heritage site as the world remembers victims of slavery

Accra, March 20, 2014 – The United Nations Information Centre, Accra will this year partner with the Ghana Museums and Monument Board (GMMB), UNESCO and the Ghana Education Service to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Salaga, Northern region on Tuesday, March 25, 2013.

About 60 students drawn from three Senior High Schools in the Northern region are expected to participate in an exciting educative tour of the Salaga Market, a slave heritage site where they will be made to understand the link between slavery in West Africa and Haiti and the Caribbean.

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Japan donates US$300,000 to support WFP assistance to Ivorian refugees in Ghana

ACCRA – The Government of Japan has donated US$300,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food assistance to 8,500 Ivorian refugees in Ghana. The contribution will allow WFP to distribute enough food to cover their needs for the next two months. Three refugee camps will benefit from this assistance. Read the full press release. 



UNU-INRA report suggests early planting could mitigate climate change impact on maize yields

Accra, February 3, 2014 – A research report by the United Nations University- Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) suggests that early planting in combination with irrigation are good and cost effective adaptation measures to reduce the impact of climate change on maize yields.

The study entitled: Modelling the Impact of Climate Change on Maize Yield under Rainfed Conditions in Sub-humid Ghana”, which was conducted by Dr. Benedicta Yayra Fosu-Mensah, a Visiting Scholar to the institute, posits that  by the year 2050, precipitation is likely to decrease by 20 % with an increase in temperatures between 1.3 – 1.6 oC in Ghana. According to the report, the increase in temperature and decrease in precipitation are likely to cause a delay in the onset of the rainy season, making planting long season cultivars (often high yielding) interfere with minor season planting. This delay is likely to impact on maize yields.

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World Economic Forum to focus on Women and Girls

Accra, 21 January, 2014 – The World Economic Forum 2014 is scheduled to take place in Davos from January 22 – 25 January 2014.  The Forum which brings together private and public sector leaders and civil society sectors, will highlight successful programmes and innovative approaches that enable girls and women worldwide to learn, earn, thrive and control their own destinies. Participants will include the Secretary-General and his MDG Advocacy Group, including co-chairs President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway.   Possible new commitments for supporting MDG acceleration may be announced.

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Ghana’s criminal justice and mental health practices need critical attention to be more humane –

ACCRA / GENEVA (15 November 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, today expressed deep concern about the situation of overcrowding in prisons in Ghana. “The overcrowding rate in some places that I visited is easily between 200 to 500%,” he warned at the end of his first official visit* to Ghana.

“Overcrowding gives rise to other human rights violations such as poor quality and quantity of food, poor hygiene, lack of adequate sleeping accommodation, insufficient air ventilation, a high risk of contamination of diseases, as well as very limited access to medical treatment, recreational activities or work opportunities,” Mr. Méndez said. Read the full statement