Political parties discuss plans for climate resilience in Ghana

Oct 27, 2016

Representatives of political parties at the policy dialogue. (Photo credit: Bossman Owusu, UNDP)

Political parties in Ghana have discussed their plans for making Ghana a climate resilient nation ahead of the December 2016 elections. This took place during the “‘Nkitahodie’ Policy Dialogue on the Paris Agreement” organized by UNDP in Ghana.

The aim was to enhance the understanding of political parties on the climate change agreement and engender climate change considerations in political manifestos and development policies for the country. 

“As Ghana heads for election this year, this dialogue seeks to provide an opportunity for political parties to share with key stakeholders how they plan to address the issues of climate change”, says Mr. Mulugeta Abebe, UNDP Deputy Country Director.

Engagement with political parties, who serve as critical change agents, is necessary to spotlight climate concerns and to get political commitment to mainstreaming these in development processes.

More than 180 persons participated in the policy dialogue together with representatives of key political parties including the National Democratic Congress (NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP), Convention People's Party (CPP), Progressive People's Party (PPP) and the People's National Convention (PNC).

Representatives of the political parties shared core policy initiatives from their manifestos that seek to address climate change and environmental issues confronting the country.

The dialogue also benefited from insights from Prof. Chris Gordon and Mr. Seth Osafo, Environment and Climate Change Experts, through their presentations and moderated discussions with political parties and participants.

Leading to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, UNDP, through its Low Emission Capacity Building initiatives supported the development of Ghana’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). The INDCs clearly outlines Ghana’s commitment to reducing its Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) by implementing 20 mitigations and 11 adaptation programme of actions in 7 priority economic sectors.

Currently, UNDP is supporting the Government of Ghana to develop an implementation action plan for Ghana’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to meet both the national and international commitments of the country.