Speaking at the launch of Ghana’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 2015 Report ahead that of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Christine Evans-Clock, UN Resident Coordinator, said the West African country was particularly vulnerable to climate change.
This, she observed, was because key economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry and energy production were sensitive to rising temperatures, changing rain patterns, and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events.
Although the conditions of individual countries still vary greatly, Evans-Clock pointed out that there were some new shared challenges which were recognized in the SDGs.
According to her, environmental conditions are changing the context for development, with 2015 being declared a critical year for the fight against climate change.
She disclosed that in December, all 196 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change would meet in Paris to decide on a new international climate agreement with the aim of keeping global warming below 2?C.
“The SDGs mandate action across a broader front to combat climate change and its impacts, setting out goals to protect the oceans and fishery resources, manage forests, combat desertification, and protect biodiversity,” she said. Enditem