Ghana will continue to dedicate its efforts towards implementing commitments made during the Paris Declaration on Climate Change, President Nana Addo Dankwa AkuffoAddo has said.
Launching the Ghana Cocoa REDD+ program here late Friday, Akufo-Addo said Ghana’s resolve stems from the conviction that Climate Change was the biggest threat to achieving the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Ghana Cocoa REDD+ program is part of the country’s activities to achieve Climate Change mitigation through natural means.
“Ghana recommits to achieving a 10-million tons reduction in emissions in the next six years. It is a call to action, determination, and hard work on the parts of fall the sector players,” Akufo-Addo said.
REDD+ stands for efforts by countries to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and foster conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.
The Ghanaian president added that the need to fight Climate Change had “become more real now than it ever has been” with increasing incidents of floods, rising sea levels, droughts, and desertification, among others.
“It is a difficult fight we have to wage, yet it is a fight we cannot afford to lose,” the president stressed.
In a solidarity message, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) lauded Ghana for its efforts in prioritizing sustainability within its commodity (cocoa) production.
“Ghana has played a leadership role in the implementation of the REDD+ program in the African region,” the UNDP statement said, adding that the UNDP would continue supporting the country’s REDD+ program more broadly. Enditem