Environment Minister to address COP25 Session in Spain

Accra, Dec. 8, GNA –
Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science,
Technology and Innovation, would address the High Level Session of the United
Nation Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, next week.

He will lead the
Ghanaian delegation to the conference, which is expected to highlight the need
to secure a clean planet for the next generation, emphasising the special needs
and circumstances of Africa, and the urgent need for climate action now.

The conference is
also expected to touch on the need to increase ambition to meet the two degrees
set by the Paris Agreement, and completion of work under Article Six for Market
and Non Market mechanisms, which Ghana is planning to pilot with the Government
of Switzerland.

It is expected that
finance for developing countries would also increase, especially for Adaptation
and the need to protect the ocean as an integral part of the earth climate
system.

A release signed by
Mr Nasir Ahmad Yartey, the Head of public Relations of the Ministry, and copied
to the Ghana News Agency, said Prof. Frimpong-Boateng would present highlights
of some major interventions by Ghana to combat climate change.

These include the
One Village One Dam, Planting for Food and Jobs, increasing resilience in dry
lands of Northern Ghana, Government’s policy to increase renewable energy in
the energy mix by 2020 including nuclear, and the 20,000 youth employed to
carry out afforestation.

Whilst there, the
Minister will participate in a series of bilateral meetings to discuss the
implantation of Ghana’s post 2020 climate strategy and the Sustainable
Development Goals, the release said.

It said he would
also hold talks with the Government of Austria and the World Resources
Institute.

The Conference of
Parties is the highest decision making body in global climate governance.

Africa, with Ghana
not an exception, is the most hit by the impact of climate change, hence the
importance of the current negotiations to Ghana “as we enter into 2020
implementation period of the Paris Agreement, and as we draw closer to the
first review period of the Paris Agreement in 2020,” the release said.

GNA

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