The Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) of the University of Ghana has organized the 2017 Pre-CoP Climate Festival on the theme: “The Risks We do not Want”. The festival was convened by the Cities and Climate Change Project at RIPS in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), National Disaster Management Organisation, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada; on October 24, 2017 at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) in Accra.

The high level event was well attended by a total of two hundred and twenty five (225) participants of which, 54 were females and 171 males. Participants represented Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS), District Assemblies, international and local NGOs, faith based organizations, social enterprises as well as students from second cycle institutions within Accra.

The Festival brought together stakeholders and resource persons to discuss technical issues related to climate change adaptation, mitigation and financing. The three plenary sessions discussed the following critical areas of climatic concern:

•    Priority Issues of the UNFCCC for African Negotiators focusing on The State of UNFCCC Negotiations and Africa’s Stake Loss and Damage in the History of Climate Change Negotiations

•    Integrated Climate Risk Management and Ghana’s Accession to the African Risk Capacity; with focus on Drought risks through Climate Change in the Savannah and Coastal Savannah zones in Ghana; Integrated Climate Risk Management and Transfer; The Costs and Benefits of Sovereign Drought Insurance in Ghana; Ghana Approaching the African Risk Capacity;

•    Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCS) and Implementing Mechanisms; had panellists discuss on Perspectives on Implementing Adaptation and Mitigation Priorities in the Agricultural Sector; and the relevance of Ghana’s NDCs to the national long term planning processes.

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