Ghana, UK hold meeting on COP26
A meeting to discuss climate change commitments amidst the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has been held between Ghana and the United Kingdom (UK).
Ghana’s Ministry of Environment Science and Technology (MESTI), in a statement to the media said the crux of the discussions, among others, bordered on a new date for the 26th edition of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP26), planned for November 2020 at Glasgow, UK.
It also said the meeting discussed issues relating to the pandemic’s effect on the health and economies of both countries. Key participants of the virtual meeting included the Minister for MESTI, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Mr Iain Walker, the UK Ambassador to Ghana and Mr Paul Arkwright, the Regional Ambassador for Africa on COP 26.
On his part, Prof. Frimpong-Boateng intimated Ghana’s efforts so far at reaching its Nationally Determined Contributions toward reducing Climate Change, which include building the resilience of smallholder farmers, and implementing renewable energy and afforestation initiatives.
According to the statement, he also enumerated some initiatives taken by government to ease the novel Coronavirus’ economic effects on the public, such as the state’s three-month absorption of electricity and water bills, a stimulus package for Small and Medium Enterprise as well as provision of food to the needy.
The UNFCCC is an international environmental treaty adopted on 9 May 1992. With 197 parties at present, the COP is the supreme decision-making body of the Convention. All Party States are represented at the COP, where review of the implementation of the Convention, among other critical issues such as legal instruments and necessary decisions to promote effective implementation of the Convention, are done.
Specifically, the COP reviews national communications and emission accounts submitted by Parties, based on which it assesses the effects of measures taken by Parties and the progress made in achieving the ultimate objective of the Convention.
Source: Energy Ghana