-EPA team embarks on south-south knowledge sharing tour to Ghana
In an effort to ensure that Liberia ratifies the Paris Agreement, a global agenda that seek to combat the effects of climate change, a high-powered delegation from the Liberian government is currently in Accra, Ghana on a knowledge sharing tour.
Known as the south-south study tour, the Liberian officials are participating in a knowledge sharing and training session on the Paris Agreement. The trip is also meant to properly understand the nitty-gritty of the Paris Agreement, with specific focuses on its advantages and disadvantages, if any, to the Liberia state.
The team, which is headed by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Executive Directior, Nathaniel T. Blama, Sr. includes members of the Lower and Upper Houses Committees on Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources and Foreign Relations as well as top officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and State for Presidential Affairs.
EPA Deputy Executive Director, Randall M. Dobayou, said during the tour, the Liberian team, especially the lawmakers will learn from their Ghanaian counterparts how the country domestically legalized the agreement.
The expected outcomes of the south-south study tour include, but are not limited to, ensuring that the Liberian Legislature, who has the sole responsibility to ratify the agreement, understands what the Paris Agreement is and the corresponding benefits for member states; understands the legal and development implications of the agreement.
Mr. Dobayou noted that the EPA has resolved to reach out to the Liberian Senate, House of Representatives and then the office of the President for intensive consultations for the swift ratification of the instrument.
“This is because the ratification of this agreement involves both the Legislative and Executives branches of government. And we must all work collectively to ensure that we succeed in this direction,” Dobayou said.
The Paris Agreement was adopted by consensus on December 12, 2015 at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, France, seeks to increase member countries’ abilities to adapt, make finance flows consistent with pathways toward low emission and climate resilient development.
Liberia is a signatory to this agreement, but is yet to ratify the instrument.