The Executive Director of Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), Joseph Kobla Wemakor has been invited by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to attend the African Climate Risks Conference (ACRC19) which is taking place from 7-9 October 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Today, it is extremely difficult to talk about Human rights without talking about climate change and its impact on the survival of mankind. Both are intertwined in efforts towards achieving the SDGs. Every step through requires a balance between the rights of people and the environment hence this conference is critical to the future of the Human Rights Reporters Ghana and its partners.
The human rights cum environmental activist who also doubles as a seasoned journo is part of the six Ghanaian journalists selected among the best fifteen (15) African best reporters to participate in this year’s world’s biggest climate change conference taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at UNECA.
As part of events, the selected journalists together with Mr. Wemakor, who equally holds a position as the Editor-In- Chief of the Ghananewsone.com will have the opportunity to attend a special training session for reporters at the Conference which focus on how to report on IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land and the IPCC Special Report Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.
They will also have the chance to learn about the IPCC process and how to accurately report on climate science as well as participate in the fully in the African Climate Risks Conference 2019.
The African Climate Risks Conference is an open platform for sharing latest climate research on African climate among researchers, and with policy makers, practitioners and development partners, with the goal to ensure the improved flow of knowledge and interactions among researchers, practioners and decision makers; toward greater impact and legacy of completed and on-going African climate research and adaptation initiatives.
The aim of the conference is to ensure greater impact and legacy of completed and on-going research programmes by promoting the uptake of new data, tools and knowledge; brokering new research collaborations; coordinating targeted donor support and provide a form to identify common priorities in the African climate research for development agenda through African-led collective discussions.
It also seeks to stimulate increased contribution of African experts to, improve coverage of Africa, in the IPCC assessment reports; and bring together development partners to deliberate on how to improve programing to support African-led climate research and service priorities.
The event which is on the theme: “Dismantling barriers to urgent climate adaption action” is being co-organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), South-South North (SSN) and Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) program and partner organizations.