UN CC:Learn Initiative
It is hard to overstate the negative impacts of today’s climate change. The Earth’s average temperature has been only increasing mainly due to the use of fossil fuels causing greenhouse gases. It is imperative that actions must be taken in global, national as well as community level, in order to raise awareness on climate change and to build capacity to face this global challenge. Ghana is no exception from the consequence of climate change, as 70% of its population depend on sectors that are sensitive to climate change such as agriculture as well as forest.
Against this background, the Government of Ghana requested to partner with UNDP and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) under the UN CC:Learn Initiative (the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership) to foster systematic and country-driven process to enhance climate change education, training and public awareness and learning in Ghana.
The main objective of this project is to develop a National Climate Change and Green Economy Learning Strategy to create a sustainable pool of human resource with the necessary technical expertise and a general public equipped with basic climate change and green economy knowledge towards achieving a climate resilient and low carbon economic growth in Ghana. This will greatly support national capacity building for the implementation of Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) under the Paris Agreement by advancing the overall vision of the National Climate Change Policy through climate change and green economy learning and capacity building.
The Project will also support the implementation of early actions included in the strategy.
Accomplishments – progress and key achievements (as of Sept 2018)
- A comprehensive assessment of existing national climate change priorities, initiatives and related capacity development challenges on environmental/climate change education, training and public awareness in Ghana was conducted as a baseline study to the strategy.
- A National Climate Change and Green Economy Learning Strategy has been developed and officially adopted. The process to develop the document was led by the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, and the Environmental Protection Agency, and was highly participatory. Stakeholders across all sectors of society and all regions of the country were consulted.
- The maiden edition of the Climate Change and Green Economy Week was successfully held in 2016. Over 5,000 participants benefitted from the various activities, which included a national symposium and a policy dialogue with political parties.
- A Country Exchange Workshop has been successfully organized with participants from government, development partners and UN CC:Learn partner countries (e.g. Uganda), to exchange knowledge and experience on how to mainstream climate change into school curricula.
- A core group of experts from educational and environmental sectors was instituted by Ghana Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) in collaboration with National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) of the Ghana Education Service and supported integration of climate change and green economy in general education (kindergarten to Senior Secondary School).
Total project budget is $162,000. Donor: Swiss Government