The Ministry of Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), has stated that Ghana is ready to host the Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019 in Accra from October 16th until October 18th.
The Summit aims at bringing together stakeholders of 1000 non-state actors fighting climate change on the African continent, including local governments, businesses, trade unions, environmental NGO’s, farmers, women and youth organisations, researchers,etc. It will highlight the engagement of Ghana and more broadly the African actors in fighting climate change.
Speaking on the behalf of the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama at the Press Briefing ahead of climate chance summit Africa-2019 next month ,Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Augustine Collins Ntim, said the local level in Ghana for instance, have been working with a well-developed guideline drawn from the country’s National Climate Change Policy formulated by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) for all local authorities.
“Every year the MMDAs develop their plans, the issue here is money to implement them, locally yes we have the transfers of the district assembly common fund, we also have performance based contracts that we give for implementation of this plans but we are also saying that internationally when we talk about monies, resources for climate change we should earmark some for local authorities (Ministry of Finance will take it and based on a certain formula the local authorities will access those funds to implement their planned programmes and action plans” he explained.
President of the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG), Bismarck Baisie Nkum, added that the country has suffered the most because her economies are largely susceptible to the effects of climate change, and her capacity to withstand its shocks are low.
“Agriculture, water and energy are essential drivers of developments in our countries, but, at the same time, are characteristically sensitive to changing climate. For the sake of our generation, and that of generations yet unborn, we have a solemn duty to take immediate, bold and concrete steps to protect global climate from warming beyond unbearable limits,” Bismarck Nkum said.
The summit being organised jointly by the Ministry of Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) National Association of Local Authorities Ghana (NALAG) and the Climate Chance Association, the United cities and local Government-Africa (UCLG-A), The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) among other Partners.
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