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UNU-INRA host outreach event on IPCC 1.5 report

BY: Zadok K. Gyesi
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The United Nations Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNA-INRA) will on July 25 to 26 this year organise an outreach event at the University of Ghana to discuss the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

The IPCC is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations, dedicated to providing the world with an objective, scientific view of climate change, its natural, political and economic impacts and risks, and possible response options.

The event will bring together scientists and communicators from the IPCC and various stakeholder groups across the country and other West African countries.

It is aimed at examining the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC, with a view to foster understanding of the scientific language often used to describe climate change, promote accessibility and understanding of the 1.5 Report among targeted stakeholders as a way of fostering ownership and responsibility for recommendations.

A press statement issued by UNU-INRA on Friday, July 12, 2019, said the outreach event would be led by seasoned scientists and experienced communicators.

 

Below is the statement

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Renowned climate scientists and communicators from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and other leading institutes will, from 25th to 26th July, gather at the University of Ghana for an outreach event on the IPCC 1.5 Report, arguably the most important climate report in history.

Gathering scientists, communicators and various stakeholder groups across the country, and from other nations in West Africa, the event will examine the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC, with a view to foster understanding of the scientific language often used to describe climate change, promote accessibility and understanding of the 1.5 Report among targeted stakeholders as a way of fostering ownership and responsibility for recommendations.

Speaking on rationale for the event, Dr Fatima Denton, Director of UNU-INRA said: “We believe that enhancing access to scientific information is critical to promote agency and positive action, this is even more urgent where climate change is concerned.”

To this end, the outreach event, to be led by seasoned scientists and experienced communicators, will feature presentations and conversations conveyed in language that is suitable to the needs of targeted stakeholder groups, including parliamentarians, journalists, students and representatives from the business community.

 

Organised by the United Nations Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the African Academy of Science (AAS), in collaboration with the University of Ghana, the event will be held at the Law School (University of Ghana) on 25th July and Noguchi Memorial Institute Conference Room (University of Ghana) on 26th July, and is open to the public.

About United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)

UNU-INRA’s mandate is to contribute to the sustainable management of Africa’s natural resources through research, capacity development, policy advice and dissemination. The Institute is one of the 14 Research and Training Centres / Programmes that constitute the United Nations University’s (UNU) worldwide network.

UNU-INRA operates out of its main office at the University of Ghana campus, and also carries out some of its major activities through operating units (OUs) in five other African countries, namely Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Senegal, and Zambia. Each of these OUs focuses on specific areas of natural resources management.