The Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) and stakeholders in sectors across Ghana’s development have identified collective effort as the solution to dealing with issues of Climate Change.
It was agreed that isolated efforts yielded limited results while holding a unified front was more pertinent in mitigation and adaption to Climate Change.
This solution was arrived at during the 2019 Social Good Summit organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with GCIC in Accra last Wednesday.
Stakeholders including entrepreneurs, policy makers and government agencies, civil society organizations and development partners led the dialogue on the summit themed, “Take Action to Save The Planet! Climate Change Is Real”.
Ruka Sanusi, Executive Director of GCIC, called for concerted efforts in tackling Climate Change issues. She encouraged stakeholders to open up the conversations on Climate Change mitigation and adaptation for increased results. She made this call through an address read on her behalf by Ahuma Cabutey Adodoadji, Marketing Director of GCIC.
Yvette Tetteh, CEO of Pure and Just Co. Limited, and a GCIC entrepreneur, shared her rich climate-smart business experience with other innovators. She spoke on deliberately choosing to operate her locally produced value-added nutritional dried fruit brand, Yvaya Farms Dried Fruit, with climate responsible methods while ensuring profits.
Silke Hollander, Resident Representative for UNDP Ghana, said the development goals of the country could not be attained in the absence of tackling Climate Change. Hence, she called on all to contribute their quota to bridge the climate awareness gap in society.
Sylvia Senu, UNDP Ghana Economic Analyst, pointed out advocacy and public engagement as the most effective ways to cause the attitudinal change necessary for realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 2019 Social Good Summit is the 10th annual celebration since its inception and chose this year to focus on expanding the conversation on the adverse effects of Climate Change on the planet and rally stakeholders to play active roles in saving it.