By Emilia Addea, GNA
Accra (GA/R), Jan. 13, GNA - The Representatives of the Youth in Natural Resources and Environmental Governance (NREG), have called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Co-chair of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, to ensure youth inclusion in decisions affecting the environment and sustainable management of the country’s natural resources.
They should be made an active part of efforts at promoting effective management of the natural resources and environment.
They said there was also the need for the young people to be represented on the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) – the independent statutory body mandated to promote transparency and accountability in the management of petroleum revenues in Ghana.
The youth group made the call at their meeting held in Accra.
They applauded the introduction of the National Youth Policy (NYP) and measures to provide alternative livelihood programmes for the youth engaged in practices that negatively affected the environment.
The NYP also has made provision for regular rewards for young people whose ideas and activities ensure better understanding and preservation of their local environment.
The group asked that the youth was involved in Ghana's National Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plan and called for determined efforts to promote recycling technology in waste management in the country .
Policies should be put in place to redirect the energies of young people in illegal mining into a well regulated community mining.
The Youth - NREG platform provides space for learning and sharing of ideas among young people working in different environmental sectors as well as creates opportunity for joint advocacy.