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The Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana has held its 7th International Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa on the theme “Transforming Cities’ Resilience to Climate Change” in collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA). The three-day conference which took place at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Conference centre from December 12 – 13, 2019, was aimed at bringing together stakeholders from diverse fields with a common goal to fight climate change.

The Mayor of Accra, Mr. Mohammed Adjei Sowah indicated that AMA is developing a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to develop specific actions to address the main sources of greenhouse emissions. This he said was in line with the Paris Agreement which aims at strengthening global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the rise in temperature below 2 degrees Celsius.

Dr. Delali Dovie, Conference Convenor gave a background of the Climate Change and Population Conference - Ghana (CCPOP). He mentioned that RIPS has since 2012 provided the environment for participants across the globe to share ideas on issues related to climate change and the environment concerned with Africa towards enhancing cooperation and integration in the Region.

In his address, Prof. Joseph Awetori Yaro, Director of the RIPS gave an overview of the establishment of RIPS and the various courses the Institute offers. He emphasized the need to put adequate measures in place to build resilience against the adverse effect of climate change on various aspects of the economy.

Madam Cecilia Dapaah, Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources who was the guest of honour for this year’s conference stated in her speech the effect of climate change on health, agriculture, energy and water to mention a few. She cited implication of floods on life, infrastructure and property making reference to the increasing population of Accra. She stressed the need to enforce environmental laws and establish stronger institutions to abate climate change impact.

The High Commissioner of Canada to Ghana reiterated their continues support toward climate change and its related issues. She revealed plans to raise US$100 annually in aid of African countries vulnerable to the effects climate change.

There was a panel session on Accra’s Resilience and Climate Action and other oral presentations to end the day’s activities.

There were panel sessions and oral presentations which deliberated on issues related to climate change as well as the environment on subsequent days.

An official closing ceremony was organized after presentations on the day 3 to thank participants and other stakeholders who contributed to the success of the Conference.