Ms. Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology
The Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MEST) is to organise the maiden Ghana Youth and Children Conference on Sustainable Development.
This would be in collaboration with youth organisations.
It would also establish mechanisms that permit and allow the involvement of children and the youth access information and provide the opportunity to present their perspectives on issues relating to sustainable development.
In addition, the youth are expected to design, formulate and implement policies that directly affect them.
This is contained in a statement issued by Non-Governmental Organisations, focusing on youth development in Accra.
Kassim Gawusu, an executive member of Greener Impact International, a spokesman for the various organisations said participants at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Tuuza Eco generation, and Rio+20 earth summit would be informed of the outcome.
Mr Gawusu said “the conference will be used as a platform to engage local, national and international media on youth initiatives on sustainable development to achieve positive impact on youth development”.
The youth representatives have called for unity to curb environmental risk, help in afforestation and pleaded with various authorities to use natural resources in a sustainable way.
They appealed to District, Municipal and the Metropolitan Assemblies to immediately put measures in place to mitigate the effects of climate change.
“We appeal to the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Land and Forestry and the Forestry Commission to involve the indigenous people in the decision making process that relate to the management of the natural resources,” they said.
They also appealed to other stakeholders to develop long term plans without political barriers that would address youth unemployment and also help bridge the economic and social gap that exist between the poor and vulnerable in society.
The organizations called on the international bodies to provide special attention and support to the youth with entrepreneurship ideas that had the potential to create greener jobs and promote environmental sustainability.