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European Union in Ghana launches activities for 2019 Climate Diplomacy Week in Accra

26/09/2019 - 14:33
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The European Union Delegation to Ghana on Wednesday, 25th September, launched activities for the 2019 Climate Diplomacy Week at the Ministry of Health Basic School in Accra, on the theme "Greening Ghana". The “EU Climate Diplomacy Week” is being observed in Ghana from 25 September to 3 October in Accra and Kumasi.

Tree planting to launch 2019 EU Climate Diplomacy Week in Accra

This year, the week is dedicated to Regreening Ghana with activities being implemented in Accra and Kumasi. Planting trees, awareness activities at schools, a roundtable discussion on regreening the city, a workshop on youth and reforestation and a beach clean-up are some of the events that will take place during the week.

 

The Climate Diplomacy Weeks are organized all over the world by EU Delegations to create awareness on the impact of climate change in the world. They are also meant to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change in the context of sustainable development.

Last year, the week was dedicated to reducing, reusing and recycling waste. This year, the theme is reforestation, with the slogan #RegreeningGhana.

 

The week is being organised in close partnership with Accra Municipal Assembly, Kumasi Municipal Assembly and Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI). Events will have the participation of the Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Patricia Appiagey, Accra Mayor, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Kumasi Mayor, Osei Assibey Antwi and the Ghanaian International Model, Victoria Michaels. Diana Acconcia, the EU Ambassador and Embassies from the EU Member States in Ghana will also be present.

 

It will be a week full of activities being implemented by different organisations, such as Plastic Punch, WeCare, ComCashew and Greenway International Foundation. The activities range from tree planting to beach clean-up:

  • A beach cleaning at Jamestown
  • 60 trees, representing the EU and the 28 Member States and Ghana will be planted in the cities of Accra and Kumasi
  • 20 awareness workshops on regreening and tree planting will be conducted at selected schools in Accra, Asokwa and Kumasi, for 900 students
  • 4 workshop stations on "Designing for our Future", for 80 students
  • One workshop on youth and reforestation "Regreening our Future" will be held in Kumasi
  • A roundtable discussion on Regreening the City” with a theatre on reforestation will close the week in Accra
EU Ambassador delivers her speech
EU Ambassador delivers her speech

The EU Ambassador, Diana Acconcia, representatives from the EU Delegation and EU Members States, as well as representatives from Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), a Ghanaian model, Victoria Michaels, the students and teacher from MOH basic School and the media , participated in the launch event.

The dignitaries delivered various speaches to create awareness on the need to check climate change and to protect the environment throught sustainable actions for future generations They also planted trees at the school compound to mark the launch event.

The speech by the EU Ambassador Diana Acconcia.

 

Art workshop for students
Art workshop for students

An art exhibition and training workshop to teach interested students on how to use recycled products to design artifacts and an awareness workshop on regreening and tree planting with the participation of 40 students, was facilitated by ComCashew, IWMI and WeCare, green organisations.

One workshop station on "Designing for our Future", using electronic waste, for 20 students, facilitated by Mathilda Payne and Eric Opoku Boakye-Ansah was also undertaken during the launch in the school.

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