UN Climate Change News, Accra, 20 March 2019 – Africa Climate Week in Accra, Ghana, got firmly underway this morning with the commencement of the high-level segment at the capital’s Convention Center.
Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation; Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng; Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, COP24 President, Michał Kurtyka and UN Climate Change Deputy Executive Secretary, Ovais Sarmad – affirmed the need to foster cooperation from all countries and non-Party stakeholders globally to meet the 1.5C temperature goal inked in the Paris Agreement.
The event takes place in the shadows of Cyclone Idai, which has hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, affecting more than 2 million people. Read further the press release issued by UNFCCC.
Accra, 20 March 2019 – Discussions on Climate Change and Climate Action took centre stage today when the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo officially opened the High-level segment at the ongoing Africa Climate Week in Accra.
Present at the opening ceremony were Ministers and Mayors from Africa, the Deputy Executive Director of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Ovais Sarmad, Members of the Diplomatic Community, UN officials, stakeholders and the youth.
President Akufo-Addo stressed on the urgency to deal with Climate Change, recounting the most current impact in Southern Africa which have affected over 800,000 people. He also called on his colleagues on the continent to step up efforts to curb the
President Akufo-Addo, who is also the Co-Chair of the Eminent Group of the SDGs Advocates, re-echoed the sentiments of many of the presenters at the ongoing ACW when he touched on finance. He assured the gathering that the continent will strive to halt climate change at the national level, but much needs to be “to streamline access to international climate finance to complement national funding”.
The high-level segment focused on the outcomes of the COP 24 and on Nationally Determined Contributions to offer participants a glimpse into Africa’s implementation plans and Climate Actions ahead of the Climate Summit to take place in September 2019.