Press Briefing by Ghana Youth Delegates to United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20)
The Ghanaian Youth Delegates to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 on August 1st, 2012 briefed the media on their participation in the historical conference which was held from the 13th to 22nd June, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. The conference brought together a total of approximately 30,000 people including 97 leaders and a number of ministerial level figures (including 78 ministers as representatives of their governments) from 188 United Nations member countries and 3 observers (the EU, Palestine, and Vatican), as well as government officials, lawmakers, local administrations, international organizations, enterprises, and citizens which saw the adoption of the outcome document, “The Future We Want”. The delegates recounted their personal experiences and their plans to use the experiences and knowledge gained to promote climate change and sustainable development awareness among the Ghanaian community. They appealed to the government and United Nations systems in the country to provide special attention and support to youth who have entrepreneurial ideas to unleash their potential to help reduce the youth unemployment challenges facing the country. They also expressed their profound appreciation to the Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Hon. Sherry Aryittey who was the head of the delegation for her keen interest and efforts in increasing Youth participation in the National Environmental discourse. The Youth delegates includes; Mr. Kassim Gawusu – Greener Impact International, Mr. David Aburabura – Curious minds, Mr. Kassim Hussein – Greener Impact International, Mr. Charles Aboaye – The Perfect Example Environmental Foundation and Ms. Hannah Frimpong – Evergreen Club of Ghana.
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