Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance in collaboration with Abantu For Development and Keep Your Promise Campaign has engaged the media, state and non-state stakeholders in advancing national strategies towards the upcoming UN’s Conference Of Parties (COP 28), the world’s highest decision-making body on climate issues slated for Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from November 30 to December 12.
The media engagement was aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of climate response measures by securing greater leadership of the Ghana Government to effectively position itself to hold the global North accountable for its promises.
Available information indicates that the media engagement was to use members of the Inky fraternity to educate Ghanaian citizenry on the core issues for COP 28, for greater citizens’ participation in the call for climate justice.
Capitalnewsonline.com per the media engagement has gathered that the event was used to build the capacity of the media to engage state institutions on government position on expected negotiations at COP 28, building greater leadership at the COP and to advocate for gender-responsive outcomes.
The event is also expected to empower the media to enhance advocacy and movement building by civil society, women’s rights organizations, and individuals to drive campaign actions on climate justice.
The Sustainability Manager of Abantu For Development, Ms. Hamida Harrison in her delivery said climate change has emerged as the most complex environmental phenomenon bringing unprecedented negative impacts across societies and ecosystems.
She said, “Let us all articulate a collective agenda towards ensuring that Africa is well positioned with the requisite and adequate resources to effectively address climate change impacts.”
Dr. Peter Dery, Director, Environment of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) for his part said the world was suffering from the negative impacts of climate change because of how the environment was abused for 30 years.
He therefore said there was a need to put adaptation interventions including mitigating measures in place to minimize the negative impact of climate change.
Global leaders from the United States of America and Europe according to him, were more concerned about putting mitigation measures in place rather than adaptation initiatives.
When it comes to the negotiations at COP 28, he said, Africa as a bloc will insist on adaptation initiatives being put in place to forestall the negative impacts of climate change on African countries.
Source: Adovor Nutifafa