PRESS RELEASE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION DELEGATION IN GHANA
“CLIMATE CHANGE, IS IT A FACT IN GHANA?”
As part of activities marking the European Union (EU) Week, 2009, the Delegation of the European Commission in Ghana in collaboration with the EU member states in Ghana, is organising a roundtable debate on the topic ‘Is Climate Change a fact in Ghana?’ at the British Council in Accra on 04 May 2009.
The debate has been prepared with a view to raising awareness in Ghana on issues of climate change, and to demonstrate the commitment of the EU (Member States and the European Commission collectively), to the issue of climate change. The debate is significant in the sense that it is one of few debates taking place in Ghana and very relevant.
The debate will focus on climate change issues as they relate to Ghana and explore the perceptions of Ghanaians generally on the issue and explore the way forward. It is also hoped that the debate will spark off debates in Ghana in both academia and civil society with a wide audience in order to raise the profile of the need to discuss climate change.
The roundtable debate is the key event for the commencement of the EU week and it is to buttress recent climate change packages by the EU which reflects what the EC President, Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso, stated in his agenda for the year stressing that climate change will be one of the utmost priorities of the Commission for 2009.
A wide-range of people in Academia, civil society, government officials, students, environmentalists, Ghanaian, European and International institutions and countries and Non-Governmental Organisations, will be attending the roundtable debate which will feature four (4) presentations from experts on climate change. There will also be the screening of environmental movies to raise awareness.
The debate will be moderated by Mr. William Agyemang-Bonsu, National Climate Change Coordinator, Environmental Protection Agency.
Presentations to be delivered by the following:
1. Dr. Yaw Opoku-Ankomah, Director of CSIR Water Research Institute
“The impact of climate Change on Water Resources in Ghana.”
2. Ms. Angie Daze, Regional Climate Change Coordinator, CARE International
Topic: “Climate Change – the Perspective form Northern Ghana.”
3. Mr. Stuart Gold, Originator campaign
Topic: “Climate Change – the African Perspective.”
4. Mr. Benjamin Manu, Project Delivery Manager, British Council.
The debate will include an initial vote to find out the current level of awareness of participants, and another vote after the presentations to find out level of influence. It will also seek participant’s views on the way forward for Ghana.
For Further information please contact the following websites.
UN Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen, December 7 – 18, 2009
European Commission’s "You Control Climate Change" campaign website
Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy
UK Department for Energy and Climate Change
The Delegation of the European Commission in Ghana
Dated: 30 April, 2009