THE Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga, has appealed to the developed economies to transfer their technological expertise on climate change to developing nations to address the global challenge.
He said the fight against climate change could not be won if developed countries continue to hold onto their expertise to combat and control the menace.
Mr Ayariga was speaking at Dodowa yesterday at the official launch of the of Ghana’s preparation towards this year’s climate change conference scheduled for Paris, France in December.
The two-day conference, being organised by the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and being attended by climate change experts, is to discuss and fine-tune Ghana’s “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions,” to be presented at the climate change conference.
Mr Ayariga explained that climate change had become a global threat and there was the need for a concerted effort to address the problem.
Climate change is defined as the shift in the weather pattern over a long period of time, and is among other things, caused by the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and its effect, include prolong drought, erratic rainfall and rise in the weather temperature.
Ghana, the minister said, would continue to play a leading role in the fight against climate change and would work closely with other countries in the sub-region in that regard.
He expressed gratitude to the country’s development partners such as the UNDP, the French government, the European Union and the GIZ for their support to Ghana towards this year’s climate change conference.
Mr Ayariga entreated the participants to come out with practical and implementable suggestions to be presented at the climate change conference.
The First Secretary and Head of Infrastructure and Sustainable Development Section at the European Union Office in Ghana, Bart Missinne, who spoke on behalf of the development partners, said participating countries in this year’s conference had up to October to submit their contributions to be incorporated in decisions to be tabled at the conference.
He said climate change would have social implications on all nations, particularly developing countries.
Pierre-Yves Kervennal in charge of Governance, Civil Society, Health and Environment at the French Embassy in Accra, said mitigation and adaptation measures would feature prominently in discussions in this year’s conference.
On the issue of finance, Mr Kervennal said France was committed to contributing to the climate change fund to finance projects and programmes to combat the menance.
Earlier on in his welcome address, the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Daniel Amlalo, said the country had completed the documents to be submitted to the conference.
In addition, he said the country had developed numerous policies and laws to deal with climate change, and mentioned some of them as the National Climate Change Policy, the National Energy Policy.
“This year’s conference needs to build on the on-going discussions and processes and there is no need to re-invent the wheel,” Mr Amlalo said.
From Times Reporter, Dodowa