2016 International Climate Change And Population Conference On Africa (CCPOP-GHANA 2016)

Participants in a Group Photograph

The 2016 International Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa (CCPOP-Ghana2016) has taken place at the University of Ghana.

The 3-day Conference, on the theme:  “Building Bridges and Research into Use” was opened on 19th July, 2016 and was attended by participants from over 15 countries.  In the 5th anniversary message, the Chair of the Local Organising Committee, Dr Delali Dovie was optimistic that the conference will grow from strength to strength for the quality demonstrated over the years and called for core funding for the conference.

In an address to launch the Climate Change Resource Centre – Ghana which is an output of an IDRC research at RIPS, a representative of the African Union Commission (AUC), Nana Kyeretwie Osei praised the University of Ghana for its leadership, especially the organisers of CCPOP-Ghana and that the AUC will not hesitate to partner any institution that showed such regional level leadership.

On her part, the Moroccan Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Madam Nezha Alaoui M’hammdi described the effects of climate change suffered by the vulnerable in Africa as ultimate injustice and that the consequences of climate change for developing countries was more than developed countries. She acknowledged the reawakening of Africa and called for Africa to rise above its challenges to tackle poverty, the reoccurrence of droughts, inequitable land distribution and overdependence on rain fed agriculture. She stated that the COP 22 Conference in Marrakech is crucial in celebrating South-South cooperation to preserve the environment and that CCPOP-Ghana is an important part of the COP 22 process.

The Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa (CCPOP-Ghana) has been in the forefront in promoting lessons on the best science with potential development impacts on Africa in its four previous conferences. The conference which is trans-disciplinary brings together scientists from all over the world with interest in Africa.

Prof. Ernest Aryeetey and H.E. Madam Nezha Alaoui M’hammdi