Environmental Sustainability Tops Agenda in PeduaseDec 2, 2016
The United Nations Development Programme UNDP’s, Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) has held a two-day annual review meeting with its implementing partners at Peduase in the Eastern Region.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the progress, achievements and challenges of the various projects and to effectively plan for the year 2017 using lessons learnt in 2016 as a benchmark.
Under the all-inclusive goal of empowering lives and building resilient nations, UNDP in Ghana focuses on three inter-connected thematic areas namely promoting Inclusive Growth, Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development.
The SDC primarily focuses on climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable energy, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity and waste/chemicals management.
In Participants’ deliberations it was discovered that there was the need for better coordination with other government partners and agencies pursuing similar agendas as well as identifying key knowledgeable focal persons who also have the ability to implement decisions.
“There is the need for effective partnership and functioning of relevant institutions to enhance sustainable development at national and local levels,” said UNDP’s sustainable development specialist Mr. Paolo Dalla Stella in his presentation.
The annual review meeting was attended by staff of the SDC as well as fourteen of its implementing partners from the six thematic areas. They include representatives from the Environmental Sustainability and Policy for Cocoa Production project (ESP), Community Resilience through Early Warning (CREW), Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), China-Ghana, Adaptation Fund, Medical Waste, the Switch Africa Green Project and the Ozone Project.
Also present were representatives from the United Nations Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC Learn), Green Climate Fund Readiness Programme , Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Project, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative and the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project.