Delegation of the European Union to Ghana

High-Level Conference on Sustainable Cocoa in Ghana - 30 June 2021

28/06/2021 - 18:55
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The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Ghana, in partnership with the Ghanaian authorities, is organising a High-level Conference on Sustainable Cocoa in Ghana on 30 June 2021. The conference will bring together various stakeholders to take stock of the four national dialogues previously held in the country. It will draw conclusions on the way forward to ensure the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the sector. The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will deliver the opening address.

On 11 March 2021, the European Union Delegation to Ghana launched the national multi-stakeholder dialogue on sustainable cocoa. The launch was followed by a series of three thematic roundtable discussions to exchange ideas on specific topics.

The first roundtable discussion was organised on 15 April 2021 on the themes of traceability, transparency and accountability with regards to child labour. The second roundtable discussion took place on 14 May 2021 and focused on monitoring and preventing deforestation in the cocoa value chain. The third discussion, organised on 10 June 2021, centred on the coordination of initiatives supporting the cocoa sector.

The roundtable discussions attracted a wide spectrum of stakeholders with over 130 participants for each session, demonstrating the high interest in sustainability matters in Ghana. They brought together representatives from the Government of Ghana, relevant Ministries and competent authorities, the COCOBOD, representatives of the civil society, the private sector and farmers.

The High-level Conference will feed into the broader EU Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Sustainable Cocoa (Cocoa Talks), ahead of the concluding meeting in September 2021. The EU launched the Cocoa Talks in September 2020 with the aim of making cocoa value chains in Ghana, Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire more sustainable. The conclusions will also inform the formulation of future support for sustainable cocoa production in Ghana, including the establishment of a multi-stakeholder platform to continue and deepen the dialogue.

To join the event, register using the link below;

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_svHplxqXTNeq7qr56YAb4g

 

More information on the Sustainable cocoa initiative:

https://ec.europa.eu/international-partnerships/news/commission-launches-initiative-more-sustainable-cocoa-production_en

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