Concerted efforts needed to halt climate change

 Mr. Boakye (second from right) with the delegates.


Mr. Boakye (second from right) with the delegates.

The president of the Greater Accra Chapter of the United Nations Associations in Ghana (UNAG), Charles Owusu Boakye, has called for concerted efforts from stakeholders to tackle the menace of climate change which is impacting negatively on the welfare of billions of people.

He explained that “the long-term welfare of billions of people are at stake from the effects of climate changes and there is the need to strategise to complement efforts to ensure the sustainable management of climate change.”

Mr. Boakye was delivering a paper on, ‘The United Nations in the development of the 2030 Agenda towards sustainable development’ at the 41st Plenary Assembly of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA) held in Vancouver, Canada.

The week-long conference, attended by 106 delegates from 38 countries worldwide, discussed coordinated efforts, formulated joint projects and delved into pertinent issues relevant to the development of the United Nations (UN).

Mr. Boakye pointed out that “the rapid loss of forest cover will affect food and agricultural production and affect the revenue that African countries derive from export of commodities to the international market so there is the need to accelerate action on climate change through global transformation”.

He noted that reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation would enhance activities such as biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management and conservation of the forest.

Madam Janet Nyame, Secretary- General of UNAG, who spoke on the forthcoming general election in Ghana, assured the international community of a peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.

She noted that Ghana was poised to achieve another historic election feat on the African continent, and urged them not to panic but have confidence in the electoral process.

Bonian Golmonhammadi, Secretary General of WFUNA, in a message, called for global networking among member- states in order to empower their citizenry to implement Agenda 2030.

“We need potential future partnerships as we work towards a stronger and more effective and efficient United Nations to empower our vast network of global citizens,” he said.

By Winston Tamakloe

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