The United Nations (UN) in Ghana has held a clean-up exercise at the Ussher Fort Beach and it’s surrounding communities.
The exercise was part of activities to commemorate the 2022 UN Ocean Conference, which started June 27 and expected to end July 1, in Lisbon, Portugal.
The theme for the Conference is : “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions.”
The exercise brought together residents of the community, largely fisher folks, and was held in partnership with the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, and supported by UN-Habitat.
The fisher folks were sensitised on the essence of protecting the marines, oceans and seas as they provided food, jobs and energy for people across the globe.
The UN has indicated that the ocean nurtured 80 per cent of life on earth, generated 50 per cent of oxygen for human life and about 25 per cent of all carbon dioxide emissions.
It had, therefore, called on all countries to do more with science-driven and innovative solutions to save the ocean and protect the future.
Convened under the auspices of the United Nations, the Conference is being co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, and seeks to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, through conservation and sustainability of the oceans, seas and marines.
The Conference was originally scheduled to be held in 2020, however, it had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.