Climate Change: Ghana President Wants More Action
By Wemimo Adewuni
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has called on all state actors across Africa to join the fight to reduce emissions from fossil fuels by exploring renewable energy. He made the call on day three of the Climate Chance Summit holding in Accra, Ghana.
According to Akufo-Addo, Ghana is moving towards the mass use of solar energy in the nearest future. He noted that the Presidential Villa Accra, also called the Jubilee house, would lead the proposed switch by becoming fully powered by solar energy.
Solar energy is only one of the options for renewable energy. According to Executive VP Africa and Middle East, Christopher Maquet, Africa must focus on generating energy from waste and efficient use of energy to reduce wastages.
"The best energy is the one we don't use,” he said.
Correspondent Wemimo Adewuni reports that stakeholders on climate action debated the sustainable implementation of strategies to tackle climate issues in Africa.
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In a session on the roles of Local Governments in strengthening cooperation with states and non-state actors to tackle climate change, Kayanja Vincent de Paul, Mayor of Entebbe, Ouganda highlighted the need to train state actors at local levels, many of whom don't understand climate challenges.
However, former director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Prof Jeffrey Sachs noted that Funding is a major challenge for local governments across Africa. He pointed out that 3 strategies could help source funding for local governments to achieve this aim. These strategies are: empowering non-state actors; access to green fund; and looking to China for funding.
Sachs emphasized the need for strategy on channelling funding to solar projects all over Africa, especially to worthwhile companies and projects.
For coordinator ACCESS, a women and gender organisation, Faustina Boakye, the issue of gender was paramount. She challenged the non-inclusion of women, important non state actors in climate strategies, based on SDG goals 5 and 8. She asked private sector empower women entrepreneurs producing clean cooking solution to scale up.
On his part, Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, asked that attention be paid to Medium Term Development Plan of local authorities. According to him, these development plans would show if priority is given to climate issues with plans based on sustainable development goal 13.