UN High-Level dialogue on the Sustainable Development of Africa Roundtable




Distinguished participants

We join other delegations in expressing sincere appreciation to the Presidents of the General Assembly and ECOSOC for convening this very important and timely Special High-level Dialogue on the Sustainable Development of Africa under the theme “The Africa We Want: Reconfirming the Development of Africa as a Priority for the United Nations System”.

We take note with appreciation, the leadership and efforts of the Secretary-General and OSAA at advancing and repositioning the United Nations development system to better support agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We therefore underscore the importance of coherent and coordinated implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

As we prepare for the upcoming COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh, Ghana as the current Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) believes that adaptation, 1.5 º Ambition, loss and damage, and the urgent need to scale up accessible finance must be at the center of the negotiations during the COP.

One of the main priorities for the CVF countries is funding for Loss and damage, The Glasgow dialogue produced some really insightful discussions that should be carried forward to in Sharm el Sheikh. We must now get to work on our Glasgow-mandate, which calls for the establishment of an international dialogue on loss and damage funding arrangements.
An effective and efficient global finance architecture based on the needs of vulnerable countries, would be important to establish a responsive and pro-active Global Shield against Climate Risks. The V20 Loss and Damage funding mechanism is therefore established to support climate-responsive international assistance directly into the most vulnerable countries.

COP27 must deliver on this major priority for the world’s most vulnerable. We look forward to playing a very active role in cooperation with you all to support that outcome. Ghana also calls for COP27 to mandate the IPCC to develop a Special Report on Loss and Damage.

Despite our best efforts, the planet is on track to surpass 2°C of warming with current policies. The first-round table at COP27 we must push the major emitters to rapidly scale up mitigation ambition to limit warming to well below 2°C, our very survival is at stake.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

There is the need for a status update on the Delivery Plan enshrined in the COP26 outcome for full delivery on the annual $100 billion in climate finance delivery for the period 2020 through 2025. Following the V20 Ministerial Dialogue in April 2022, we are also calling for a standalone “Implementation Plan” for how the crucial decision on doubling adaptation funding by 2025 is being executed by developed nations. Regarding the new collective quantified goal on climate finance post-2025, it must adequately respond to the needs of the most vulnerable countries, learning from the experience of the as yet unfulfilled $100 billion goal.

Adaptation will support the protection of people from the climate change impacts already occurring. As such, the Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA) will be crucial to rapidly scaling up and facilitating adaptation action at the global level. We must secure its full substantiation and operationalization.

Concluding, Ghana believes that Africa should have tangible and actionable climate decisions going into COP27. These decisions should be about adaptation, mitigation, 1.5 º ambition, loss and damage as well as advancing implementation of the National Determined Contributions (NDCs), including delivery of finance to enhance implementation.

Thank you for your attention.