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Ghanaian Delegates to Tunza Conference Meet the Minister of Environment, Science and Technology

Delegates Present a copy of the Bandung Declaration to the minister to be presented to the President of Ghana.A five-member Ghanaian delegation who represented the country at the 2011 Tunza Intentional Children and Youth Conference in Indonesia last September, has called on the Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Ms Sherry Aryeetey, in Accra.

The purpose of the visit was to present the Bandung Declaration which is calling upon world leaders to move to a sustainable development pathway that safeguards the earth and its people for this present generation and the generation to come.

The conference which was dubbed “The Voice of Children and Youth for Rio+ 20 was anchored on the theme “Reshaping Our Future Through Green Economy and Sustainable Life Style”.

The main aim of the conference was to establish a critical component in the protection of the environment and the eradication of poverty.

About 118 different countries were present at the conference and Ghana’s delegation made up of the youth was led by Mr Kassim Hussein of the Greener impact International, a Non Governmental Organisation.

Mr Hussein noted that the presentation of the declaration is to prompt world leaders who will meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, next year to critically access and accelerate the world’s progress towards sustainable development. “Therefore, it has become necessary to present the declaration to the Minister who will deliver the message to the President, Prof John Evans Atta Mills”, he said

He mentioned that the future of the planet and its inhabitants is in peril and called on the government to honour its promises to reduce poverty, stem environmental degradation and enhance equity.

Mr. Hussein commended the ministry for the role it is playing in ensuring sustainable development both locally and globally and called on the Minister to do more with regards to the youth and children of the
country.

In her statement, Ms Aryeetey expressed the conviction that her Ministry has engaged the youth in tree planting by providing them with free seedlings to plant trees around various schools and places where necessary to secure the green environment.

She urged the youth to play a strong advocacy role to sustain the environment, adding that the youth should frown on the falling of trees for charcoals and also make energy conservation a priority.

Ms Aryeetey called on the youth to make good use of the Youth in Agriculture Programme. This she said will prevent the youth from engaging in rural urban migration, a situation which she noted can create chaos if not checked.

She congratulated the delegation for the laudable achievement.

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