UN CC:Learn in Ghana
Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change
Ghana is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, as key sectors of the country’s economy, such as agriculture, forestry and energy production, are sensitive to rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns and increasing frequency of extreme weather events. In the light of this, Ghana launched the National Climate Change Policy in July 2014 which provides clearly defined pathways for dealing with the challenges of climate change, but also looks at the opportunities and benefits of a green economy. In order to support the implementation of the National Climate Change Policy and Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the Government with support by UN CC:Learn developed a National Climate Change and Green Economy Learning Strategy. Following the launch of the Strategy in 2016, the Government is now leading implementation actions across different sectors, including integration of climate change into the general education system.
Ghana’s National Climate Change and Green Economy Learning Strategy was developed through a 15-months consultation process under the leadership of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is structured around the five thematic areas of Ghana’s National Climate Change Policy, plus general education as an additional theme. 13 priority actions are put forward for which national and international support is sought.
The first step for the development of the National Climate Change Learning Strategy was to develop a background report. The report has been drafted by the Institute of Green Growth Solutions under the auspices of MESTI, EPA, UNDP and UN CC:Learn. It outlines:
- the context and the national policy initiatives on climate change,
- the institutional arrangements and numerous governmental bodies involved,
- the international developments in climate change education,
- the climate change education and learning strategy initiatives, development and implementation.