Ghana Joins 20 Most Vulnerable States

Ghana has joined a group of twenty (20) countries globally that are most vulnerable to climate change.

This comes on the backdrop of rising temperature of up to two per cent in the last few years in Ghana, and the associated erratic rainfall pattern punctuated by spells of droughts and flooding, making the country highly susceptible to the effects of climate change.

Otherwise known as V20, the group’s membership includes some of the world’s smallest and poorest countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bhutan, Costa Rica, East Timor, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Kiribati, Madagascar, the Maldives, Nepal, the Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

V20 is a counterpoint to the G20 group of leading industrialised and emerging economies with the objective to raise and manage climate funds, create a public-private “climate risk pooling mechanism,” – insurance fund for extreme weather events and disasters.

Experts have, therefore, hailed Ghana’s decision to join the vulnerable group since it presents the country with a chance to begin to take pragmatic steps to reverse the climate change.

According to National Coordinator, Global Environment Facility at UNDP, Mr. George Ortsin, Ghana’s V20 membership will help her to draw on climate funds to manage the environment in such a way that it will be able to mitigate some of the effects of the phenomenon.

“It also imposes on the country the need for an effective management of the environment,” he added.

Mr. Ortsin was speaking in Accra last Friday, October 9, 2015 at a forum to mark the Global Days To Reclaim Power, organised by Friends of the Earth- Ghana in collaboration with Corporate Accountability International.

Simply called Reclaim Power, it is a global convergence of efforts to raise the urgency of transforming energy systems at the local, national and global levels and assert demands for clean, safe energy.