President Mahama Commends UNDP for Supporting Fight Against Corruption in GhanaDec 10, 2015
President John Dramani Mahama has applauded the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP and the European Union for supporting the fight against corruption in Ghana.
He urged Ghanaians to discuss corruption impartially devoid of politics and report it without fear of victimization since no one is above the law.
The President was opening a high level conference on the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan, NACAP in Accra on the occasion of the International Anti-corruption Day.
He also condemned media reports painting an erroneous picture of Ghana as the second most corrupt country in Sub-Saharan Africa with reference to a recent corruption index report.
President Mahama admonished the media to be judicious in playing their roles at gatekeepers with accuracy and cross checking of facts.
UNDP Country Director Dominic Sam said “Corruption is corrosive and widening and has a disastrous impact on society when funds for development are diverted through dishonest means. Corruption exacerbates violence and loss of faith and trust in public institutions.”
He added, the International community should stress on transparency and good governance and insist on assets recovery.
With UNDP’s support, several activities have been implemented in the fight against corruption. These include establishing and training a High Level Implementation Committee, chaired by the Chief of Staff at the Presidency, with representation from key Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs to guide the NACAP implementation.
A monitoring team tasked to develop a Monitoring and Evaluation framework for tracking progress on the NACAP implementation was also established and trained with UNDP’s assistance.
UNDP also supported the development and implementation of a Communications Strategy that enabled Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority carry out tax education and sensitization of the media and direct clients on customs rules and procedures.
This resulted in a marginal reduction of corruption perception among tax officials from 90% in 2012 to 85% in 2014, according to a 2014 Afrobarometer survey.
COP21 conference on climate change Paris, 30 November to 11 December 2015Dec 2, 2015
What is COP21?
From 30 November to 11 December, governments will convene in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to agree on a new global climate change agreement.
A universal agreement that covers all countries, developed and developing, the COP21 climate deal will serve as the starting point for a long-term effort to stop global temperatures from rising more than 2°C (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
UNDP supports an ambitious outcome in Paris that will help bolster efforts to tackle climate change, and put all countries on the path towards zero-carbon, sustainable development. COP21 has the potential to galvanize action and solidarity amongst all stakeholders — simultaneously helping to reduce carbon emissions (zero-carbon), while supporting efforts to adapt to the long-term impacts of climate change.
How UNDP supports climate action at COP21
In the lead-up to COP21, UNDP has helped countries develop and finalize their respective climate targets and actions (known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs). These INDCs are a core element of the COP21 process, and are meant to ensure that each country has identified its own contextually-appropriate targets and actions. Looking beyond Paris, UNDP will continue working with its partners as they begin to implement actions, and aim to achieve success against their targets.
With a climate change portfolio in over 140 countries, totaling over USD $2.3 billion in grant funding, UNDP is well-positioned to support partner countries in the post-COP21 ‘era of implementation’.
COP21: A new commitment
During COP21, UNDP will announce a new commitment to support countries’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This will include support for expanding the use of clean and renewable energy, a greater focus on forests and avoiding deforestation, and an increase in investments in climate change adaptation for those countries already experiencing impacts.
Acting on climate change will not only protect our planet. It will spur economic growth, enhance the ability of countries and communities to cope with impacts, and encourage innovation globally.
UNDP is proud to be a supporter of the global movement towards a future that is zero-carbon and sustainable.