Accra, Ghana – October 24, 2023
Today, a prestigious high-level Ministerial Consultation was convened, chaired by the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, to pave the way for th e 28th Conference of Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event drew distinguished participants, including the Ministers for Transport, Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, and Energy, Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, as well as the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Benito Owusu Bio, Chief Directors of the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MESTI), Mrs. Wilhelmina Asamoah and Dr. Patrick Nomo, Directors from various Ministries, members of the National Planning Committee, and dedicated officers from participating ministries.
MESTI has been entrusted with the pivotal role of coordinating COP28, scheduled to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12, 2023. As the coordinating Ministry, the Minister presided over the meeting, focusing on the official launch of the pre-COP28 and other critical matters in preparation for the forthcoming program.
This assembly underlines the paramount significance of addressing the climate crisis and underscores the central role played by these high-level officials in shaping and driving initiatives aimed at sustainability and climate action. With COP28 on the horizon, this consultation serves as a platform to strategize, coordinate, and harmonize efforts in line with the global objective of mitigating climate change and advancing environmental resilience.
The collective collaboration between the Ministries of Transport, Lands and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Energy, and MESTI, bolstered by the support of the National Planning Committee, reflects a concerted endeavor to ensure a unified and influential representation at COP28. The exchange of insights, experiences, and expertise during this consultation will guide the nation’s stance and actions on the international stage.
The presence of these distinguished officials as a collective force exemplifies Ghana’s unwavering commitment to confront climate change and underscores the imperative of collaborative, cross-sectoral efforts for the betterment of our environment and society.