“Abu Dhabi, UAE – October 30, 2023
Ghana’s Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, participated in the high-level ministerial meeting leading up to Pre-COP28 in Abu Dhabi. This gathering brought together representatives from more than 198 countries, including their esteemed Environment Ministers, to lay the groundwork for the upcoming COP28, scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 12, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Pre-COP28 meeting, organized by the incoming COP presidency, serves as a platform to gather insights from ministers and establish a well-structured agenda for the 28th session of the UNFCCC. The aim is to identify key priorities for discussions during COP28 and set the stage for global leaders to formulate enduring solutions.
Notably, the specific requirements of African nations took center stage, emphasizing the necessity for meticulously planned implementation strategies leading up to COP28. This approach places transparency and the acquisition of vital financial support as pivotal elements.
The recurring theme throughout the meeting was a compelling call for immediate collective action to tackle the pressing climate challenges of our time.
Furthermore, Hon. Dr. Kwaku Afriyie participated in three dedicated roundtable breakout sessions, each addressing a critical dimension: implementation (enhancing climate finance), adoption (prioritizing the well-being of people and livelihoods), and mitigation (expediting the transition to clean energy).
Accompanying the Honorable Minister were Dr. Peter Justice Dery, the Director of Environment, and Mr. Benjamin Oppong, Personal Assistant to the Minister