The Programs Assistant of the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, Bismark Owusu Nortey, with support from the Open Society Foundations (OSF), joined other civil society organizations to partake in the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP 22), in Marrakesh, Morocco. This was in recognition of the project currently being undertaken by the Association on “Agro- Ecology/ Sustainable Farming And Food Systems, And Political Participation Of Small scale Farmers In Ghana” which main objective is to reduce poverty among small holder farmers through sustainable agricultural practices by enhancing the resilience of small holder farmers to climate change through improved farming practices. The participation at the COP 22 was therefore an opportunity for the organization to join, learn and share experiences with other CSOs/organizations who were also initiating efforts to help adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change.
The COP 22 in Marrakesh brought the nations of the world together to continue their work on strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, with the central focus on enhancing ambition, promoting implementation and providing support.The conference included the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12), and, with the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1).
According to the official report, the Conference brought together over 22,500 participants, including nearly 15,800 government officials, 5,400 representatives of UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental organizations and civil society organizations including the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, and 1,200 members of the media. Negotiations in Marrakesh focused primarily on matters relating to the entry into force and the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
During his two-week participation at the conference, he joined other Civil Society Organizations to demand for immediate climate justice by negotiation parties after the Paris Agreement. He also partook in series of meetings and conferences that was aimed at strengthening the work of the Association in its Agroecology project, build partnerships and also learn best practices from link minded organizations from all corners of the world.
Below are some pictures from the COP 22 in Marrakesh.