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  • Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Provost of College of Humanities (5th from right) and Harvard School of Public Health Team
  • Prof. Codjoe - Director of RIPS (right) and Canadian High Commissioner
  • Snapshot of participants Pre COP Climate Festival
  • Prof. Codjoe (3rd from left) Director of RIPS/President of Union for Africa Population Studies and Council Members
  • Prof. Codjoe (right) President of Union for African Population Studies and Anastasia Gage (left) President of International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
  • 2017 Pre COP Climate Festival
  • Trainees at the Willows Impact Evaluation Baseline Survey Training
  • Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Provost of College of Humanities interacting with trainees at the Willows Impact Evaluation Baseline Survey Training


The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana Prof Ernest Aryeetey has been honoured by the Regional Institute for population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana at the 2016 International Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa (CCPOP-Ghana2016) for his exemplary leadership and immense support for the conference which opened 19th July, 2016. Speaking to delegates from across Africa and the rest of the world at the 3-day conference being held at the University of Ghana,

Prof Aryeetey noted that even though Africans have the resources to combat climate change, they are often told that they were not capable of doing so. The Vice Chancellor therefore praised CCPOP-Ghana, a concept of the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) to bring together major stakeholders from science to practice and policy to share lessons towards responding to the impacts of climate change. Prof Aryeetey emphasised the need for such conferences to help build universities across the continent which he has challenged academic units at the University of Ghana to do and gradually growing. He indicated that since most academic units are following in the steps of RIPS and the Climate Change Working Group, this conference must grow bigger and hosted in much bigger facilities. On her part, the Moroccan Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Madam Nezha Alaoui M’hammdi described the effects of climate change suffered by the vulnerable in Africa as ultimate injustice and that the consequences of climate change for developing countries was more than developed countries. She acknowledged the reawakening of Africa and called for Africa to rise above its challenges to tackle poverty, the reoccurrence of droughts, inequitable land distribution and overdependence on rain fed agriculture. She stated that the COP 22 Conference in Marrakech is crucial in celebrating South-South cooperation to preserve the environment and that CCPOP-Ghana is an important part of the COP 22 process. In an address to launch the Climate Change Resource Centre – Ghana which is an output of an IDRC research at RIPS, a representative of the African Union Commission (AUC), Nana Kyeretwie Osei praised the university of Ghana for its leadership, especially the organisers of CCPOP-Ghana and that the AUC will not hesitate to partner any institution that showed such regional level leadership. The Director of RIPS, Prof Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe on handing the Plaque to the Vice Chancellor in a citation described him as a leader with vision and passion. The conference is being attended by participants from over 15 countries. In the 5th anniversary message, the Chair of the Local Organising Committee, Dr Delali Dovie was optimistic that the conference will grow from strength to strength for the quality demonstrated over the years and called for core funding for the conference. This year’s theme was “Building Bridges and Research into Use”.