UNDP champions discussions on NDCs at Africa Climate Week

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are hosting a two-day Invesment Forum as part of the Africa Climate Week currently ongoing in Accra. Discussions are focused on the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) investment under the climate action plan for Ghana.

In attendance are foreign partners and other related stakeholders who are deliberating on the investment patterns to achieve the NDCs. It is on the theme “Climate Action In Africa: A race we can win.”

The Deputy Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Patricia Appiagyei, took time to explain the destructive nature of the climate change and how it is affecting countries, communities and the citizenry.

She expressed worry over the negative impact of climate change on the environment and its effects on the supply of fresh water, food, temperatures and prolonged draughts that render fertile areas unfit for grazing or crops, among others.

“Climate change is endangering the very ground on which nearly half the World’s population live,” she stated.

She said countries that least cause negative impact on climate change rather suffer heavily from the impact that also effects the major drivers of the economy such as agriculture, industry and infrastructure. This according to her has caused farmers to be unable to predict rainfall patterns to enable them begin farming on time.

She disclosed that the negative impacts of the climate change has been a challenge for both the International community and nation nations; and this has led to the adoption of two major agreements including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement.

“The Paris Climate Agreement, is a new global agreement to combat climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with long-term goal of keeping the increasing global average temperature to well below 2 degree Celsius, above pre-industrial levels and limit the increase to one degree Celsius”.

Patricia Appiagye noted that the urgency to tackle climate change issues in the country would enhance the economic prosperity of the citizens and therefore needs to take bold and far reaching steps that would shift the national development into sustainable path.

“Therefore, a policy decision has been taken to integrate climate change into development considerations and this has progressed positively, ” she noted.

The Deputy minister announced the development and investment plan for the NDCs which provides the framework for the translation of emission reduction commitments into a road-map and practical options for achieving the emission obligations in a manner that would promote growth and ensure cost-effective and transformatory choices.

The Climate Action plan has seven broad areas in the Sustainable land use including food security, Climate resilient infrastructure, Equitable social development, sustainable mass transportation, sustainable energy security, sustainable forest management and alternative waste management.

She said,  the action plan would serve as a multipurpose plan to guide the process of translating the broad commitments in the NDCs into concrete programmes.

She therefore called on all stakeholders and international communities to seriously and adequately look at how to finance the NDCs in order to implement the priority actions outlined.

“It is the only surest way to fully implement the priority actions outlined in the nationally determined contributions, without the requisite investments, the ambitious NDCs target cannot be achieved, ” she indicated

Source: Nii Aflah Sackey and Jerome Kingson

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