Mr Kwasi Boadu Ntiamoah (right) from Youth for African Star NGO and Mr Francis Ametepey (left) from Youth Advocates Ghana unveiled the banner for the workshop. (Photo Credit: Emmanuel clifford Gyetuah)
Eco-Schools Ghana, a subsidiary of Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE), with support from Environmental Policy Agency and Centre for Sustainable Transformation organised the first ever Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) training and development workshop in Sub-Saharan Africa. The workshop was held on January 3, 2018 at GillBT Guest House, Cantonments, Accra and it attracted 16 participants from civic organisations working on the acheivement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Ghana. The purpose of the workshop was to train young environmental leaders to investigate environmental issues and problems and propose solutions through investigative reporting, photographic or video journalism.
Mrs Hilde Opoku, Special Advisor on the SDGs for the Finance Minister of Ghana and Program Director for Eco-Schools Ghana, delivering a lecture at the workshop. (Photo credit: Kwasi Boadu Ntiamoah)
Among the civic organisations in Ghana selected for the program was Youth for African Star NGO (YAS). The Environmental Department of YAS operate under context defined by the United Nations SDGs – advocacy for Sustainable Environment and Biodiversity. Mr Kwasi Boadu Ntiamoah, the Environment and Biodiversity Director of YAS, attended the workshop.
Workshop in progress. (Photo credit: Kwasi Boadu Ntiamoah)
According to the Brundtland Report, Sustainable Development cannot be achieved without poverty reduction and Environmental Protection.These two goals could make the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals easier. Environment and Development are not separate challenges, but are linked which make Development unattainable with a deteriorating environmental resource base.
The Sustainable Development Goals
Youth for African Star is currently advocating for Goal 1 (No Poverty), Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), Goal 13 (Climate Change) and Goal 15 (Life on Land). With the mission of redefining the economic, infrastructural, environmental, industrial and cultural image of Africa, the organisation adopted the United Nations SDGs as its achievements road map.