Ghana has pledged its commitment to championing the ideals of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and the Vulnerable Group of Twenty (V20) even after its Chair of the CVF expires.
The Acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mr Ramses Joseph Cleland, made the point at a National Stakeholders Meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) on Wednesday in Accra.
The objective of the meeting was to streamline and coordinate stakeholders’ efforts for Ghana’s successful term as the Forum’s Chair.
He commended stakeholders for actively playing a key role in the successful participation and hosting of events since Ghana assumed the Presidency of the Forum.
“With just about a year to hand over the Presidency of the CVF, it had become necessary that the Ministry and its stakeholders accelerated efforts to leave a legacy,” he noted.
He indicated that the Ministry, through Ghana’s Missions, would continue to facilitate strategic meetings and create opportunities for engagement to promote Ghana’s interests in the CVF.
On her part, the Coordinating Director of Multilateral and International Organizations of the Ministry, Madam Perpetua Dufu, commented on the need for the Ministry and its stakeholders to collaborate and intensify engagements in the execution of duties to ensure that Ghana’s Presidency of the CVF was a success.
Madam Dufu was hopeful that the outcome of the discussions would solidify the benefit of Ghana at the multilateral and bilateral levels.
She urged stakeholders to ensure that there was a seamless flow of information to avoid duplication of efforts.
Stakeholders at the meeting included the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advisory Unit at the Office of the President.
Patience Anaadem, ISD