The French special envoy for Climate Change in charge of Africa, Indian Ocean and the Middle East, Mr. Stephene Gompertz, has called for concerted efforts to deal with climate change and other environmentally-related challenges.
He said the spate of environmental degradation and climate change was becoming severe and if nothing was done to halt it, its effect would be unbearable.
Mr Gompertz was speaking to journalists in Accra on Wednesday, ahead of the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 to be held in Paris, France, on November 30 and December 11,
He said hundreds of people throughout the world, citing Africa and Bangladesh, were most affected by climate change, adding that $100 billion was required annually to manage the phenomenon.
Mr Gompertz said the emission of green-house gases, pollution, forest degradation, erosion and possible raise in the level of the sea by one metre before the end of the century, called for a holistic approach in managing climate change effects.
He asked countries to complement financial support from development partners, for climate change programmes.
Mr. Gompertz commended countries that had taken bold initiatives, to deal with climate change effects by developing Intended Nationally and Determined Contribution (INDC) to be submitted to the UN, mentioning Ghana, Gabon, Kenya, Ethiopia and The Gambia as examples.
He said he had met stakeholders, including traditional rulers, civil society organisations and environment experts, to collectively deal with the situation apart from sensitising the people.
Mr. Gompertz said the conference, also known as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), aimed at keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and considering key issues, including the Kyoto Protocol.
By Francis Asamoah Tuffour