Accra, 16 March 2019 – Delegates from all over the world will meet in Accra for one week to discuss climate change and actions and to strengthen stakeholders’ engagements in key sectors including energy, agriculture and human settlement. The Africa Climate Week (ACW) is the first of three annual regional climate events ahead of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September this year. It is organized by the Government of Ghana and the Nairobi Framework Partnership partners and cooperating organisations.
Attending the ACW are international and regional stakeholders from the public and private sectors aiming at building a strong regional foundation for climate action under the Parish Agreement. It is under the theme “Climate Action in Africa: A Race We Can Win”.
Also expected in Accra is the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit, Luis Alfonso de Alba.
Appointed in November 2018, de Alba provides leadership, guidance and strategic direction towards the 2019 Climate Summit and is responsible for cooperation with key strategic climate change leaders, including governments and the private sector, to galvanize climate action and leadership for the event.
Whilst in Ghana, de Alba will brief delegates on the SG’s Climate Summit, hold a briefing session with UNFCCC staff and other ACW attendees and hold bilateral meetings with some key stakeholders. He will also take part in a Youth-led Climate Action capacity building session being organized by YOUNGO, the official youth constituency at the UNFCCC. He will later brief journalists.
“Working with UNIC Accra has been one invaluable experience for me. Talk about inspiration,
Delali interviewing a beneficiary of a health outreach in the Central region of Ghana by UNIC Accra and partners
motivation, determination, education and adventure—I personally ensured I benefited from these… I also enjoyed the opportunity to interact with other UN agency staff members and learned a great deal about the UN System and the various ways agencies cooperated with each other…To gain a prestigious opportunity for personal and professional development as one with United Nations Information Center is second to none. “
“My time here was most definitely well spent and allowed for my personal and professional growth. There are various milestones I was able to reach at UNIC Accra, such as having an article published, drafting a feature, and representing a media team alongside my supervisor
where we administered crucial interviews at a UNESCO capacity building workshop. In addition, I was able to enhance my team work skills in a professional environment. All interns had both the opportunities to lead and also to follow during the planning of events and programs within UNIC Accra and in partnership with other UN agencies, local government and Non-Governmental Organizations.”
Ms Grace Folley
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” Samuel Asante
“My internship in UNIC Accra has come to an end, but I am going out to impart the knowledge and experiences gained into my studies and to members of the youth organizations that I am involved in.”
“I will deeply miss both Ghana and UNIC. Once again, this has been an experience I would not want to trade for anything. I know that I will come back, and I know that I will meet my colleagues again. That is the reason why I am still smiling, even on my last day.” Click on Magnus to read more about his internship experience at UNIC Accra.