Environment is one of the key dimensions of sustainable development.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development states: "We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations."
In 2015, GoG focused on the development of Ghana’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in view of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) of UNFCCC that met in Paris for the UN Climate Change Conference to agree on a new global climate agreement.
The UN in Ghana is supporing the country in tackling environmental issues through, for example, joint programmes, and activities related to climate change and disaster risk reduction:
- Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction: Ghana recognises that its development drive has consequences for the environment. Government policies to ensure sound management of the environment and natural resources while pursuing economic growth has been reflected in the country’s revised Medium-Term National Development Policy Framework, the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda II (GSGDA II) and more recently in the 40-year development plan by the National Development Planning Commission.
- Joint Programme on Climate Finance: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was established in 2010 as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), designed to disburse $100 billion per year of new and additional resources by 2020 for addressing climate change.
- Joint Programmes towards a Green Economy: Working towards a Green Economy, the UN in Ghana specifically engages in two joint programmes: The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and the SWITCH Africa Green Project.