University of Energy ends maiden ICCCSDA

Nana Osei Kyeretwie,GNA

Sunyani, July 28, GNA
– The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), ended a maiden edition
of an International Conference on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in
Africa (ICCCSDA) 2017 in Sunyani.

It was jointly
organised by the Centre for Climate Change and Gender Studies (3CGS) and the
Earth Observation and Research Innovation Centre (EORIC) under the auspices of
the University and attended by about 120 participants.

They comprised
researchers, policy-makers, development practitioners, representatives of civil
society organisations and other stakeholders from Ghana, Algeria, Kenya,
Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Togo, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, South Korea and the
United Kingdom.  

On the theme: “Climate
Change and Sustainable Development: Strengthening Africa’s Adaptive Capacity,”
the four-day event “seeks to create a platform for knowledge sharing which
would lead to informed decision-making in climate sensitive areas such as
natural resources, agriculture, food and water security, energy, science and
technology and transport”.

It was sponsored by a
number of agencies and organisations including Ghana Water Company Limited,
Ghana Climate Innovation Centre, Newmont Ghana, Global Environmental Facility
Small Grant Programmes – UNDP, Forestry Commission, the Chinese Embassy in
Ghana, Zenith Bank and the United States Agency for International Development.

Mr Kwaku
Asomah-Cheremeh, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, in an address read on his
behalf lauded the conference as “very significant”, saying the Regional
Coordinating Council is proud to be associated with it since “governance and
development are all about ensuring sustainable development within climate-friendly

He noted that issues
of climate change had gained global prominence and the Ghana and Africa sought
homegrown approaches towards adaptation and mitigation of the impact of the
menace, the better it would be for Ghanaians and Africans.

Dr. (Mrs) Mercy A. A.
Derkyi, Chair of the local organising committee said the idea to organise the event
meant to be an annual programme was geared towards taking proactive steps in
achieving Sustainable Development Goal 13- “Climate Action: Take urgent action
to combat climate change and its impacts”.

Dr Derkyi, also a
lecturer at the UENR expressed optimism that the conference would help chart a
positive course for Africa and the world at large towards sustainable
development, mitigation and adaptation to climate change.


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