Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Abibiman Foundation welcomes into force legally binding of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. A turning point for the Planet & Human health and together the journey has just begun

Abibiman Foundation welcomes into force legally binding of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. A turning point for the Planet & Human health and together the journey has just begun

Today, 16 August 2017 is a historic day; the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which aims to protect human health and the environment, becomes legally binding and enter into force today. Adopted in October 2013 and in accordance with Article 31, the Minamata Convention enters into force, ninety days after the date of deposit of the fiftieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, which happened on May 18th, 2017. So far, there are 128 Signatories and 74 Parties to the Convention. The Government of the Republic of Ghana signed the Convention on 24 September 2014 and ratified it this year on 23 March 2017.

From today, we have the opportunity to chart a new course; a course that is expected to control the anthropogenic releases of mercury throughout its lifecycle in order to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of mercury and its related compounds. 
Exposure to mercury have debilitating effects on the brain and nervous system, digestive system and the kidney, among others. Memory loss and language impairment as well as harmful effects on unborn children and infants are also known to be products of exposure to mercury and environmental damage estimated at $22 billion," according to a UNEP.

From 2020, the Convention will ban the production, import and export of products that contain mercury, including blood pressure monitors, clinical thermometers, high-pressure mercury lamps, and topical antiseptic agents. Until 2020, the Convention will encourage signatory countries to gradually reduce their use of mercury. In the case of small-scale gold mining, for which mercury is being used indiscriminately, the Convention has stipulated reduction in usage of mercury. The treaty also states that for constructing coal-powered thermal power plants, the countries which are signatories will be required to include equipment to help minimize mercury emissions.

Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana (EPA), which is the main regulatory body for ensuring the enforcement of the provisions of the Convention, has put together national planning committee.
Notwithstanding, Abibiman Foundation believes that knowledge of this Convention and government’s approach is limited among several stakeholders, we call on the EPA to adopt a bottom-up’ rather than a ‘top-down’ approach and ensure all relevant stakeholders are actively involved in the process.

Further, Abibiman Foundation believes the following areas also require pressing attention:

1.     Researching sources of illegal mercury imports, including the existing or likely mercury entry points into Ghana, and the distribution networks within the country.

2.      Coordination with our neighboring countries 
3.      Involving Stakeholders in the Implementation and Continuing Development of the National Action Plan
Ensuring transparency, monitor and implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, however, will definitely fail if the monitoring, evaluation and accountability structure is weak
Government of Ghana must go beyond verbal and written statements, and make available resource allocation for the National Action Plan to address challenges relating to the reduction and elimination of Mercury  

Abibimman Foundation wish to congratulations all the 74 countries who have ratified the Convention and call on other countries to make history today by ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury #MakeMercuryHistory #mercurypollution

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

World Climate Simulation Training in Ghana

Climate Interactive and Abibiman Foundation, have organized a World Climate Simulation and Training Event at the United Nations Information Centre in Accra on July 11 to 12, 2016.
Young people from civil society and Ghana’s universities participated in the event. There were climate and environment activists and students.
World Climate Event, WCE, basically, is a simulation of the World Climate Negotiations that takes place at the annual COP events. The goal is to help young people understand the full picture on how to address climate change and other critical challenges. The event was to equip the delegates to join others from other parts of the world in running the World Climate Simulation and engaging others on climate change.
Delegates played the World Climate game and worked with the C-ROADS software to model global temperature changes. The exercise raised the level of engagement of participants when they were faced with the reality of how much work needed to be done to keep global temperature rise below 2°C by the year 2100.
The Accra World Climate Simulation Event was facilitated by Juliette Bohland from Climate Interactive World Climate Africa Project and Travis Franck from Boston.
With the COP22 climate negotiations happening in Morocco later this year, Climate Interactive and its partners around the world want to make sure everyone has a chance to better understand the climate challenge.

Monday, August 22, 2016


Abibiman Foundation on 19th August 2016 participated in the 2nd ordinary general meeting of the Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GHACCO) as member of the Alliance. The 2nd ordinary general meeting was held to brief members of the achievements and on-going activities of the alliance and to discuss new developments for effective promotion of clean cookstoves in Ghana towards the achievement of the sustainable energy for all agenda.
The workshop saw the participation of about 50 members including the presence of Arjit Basut and Kwesi Sarpong of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves who also briefed the members on the programs that the Global Alliance is implementing in Ghana and West Africa which includes the Awareness Creation Campaign and lessons learnt.
Executives from the Regional Steering Committees from the Ashanti (Mr. Michael of Man and Man Enterprise)and Greater Accra regions were also present and shared their activities for the year, challenges and experiences and plans for the rest of the year.
The meeting provided opportunities for members to be updated on on-going activities including the evidence based advocacy voices for Change project of SNV, the awareness creation campaign, elections of regional executives and the clean cooking festival of the Ghana Education Service aimed at educating youth on the clean cooking.
Mr Kenneth Nana Amoateng is a Naitonal Executive Board member

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Speech Delivered By Abibiman On The 5th Africa Students And Youth Summit Theme: “Climate Change, Implications For Food Security In Africa

Madam Chairperson,
H.E Mrs. Pavely Tenal Musaka, 
The minister of Mesti, Hon. Mahama Ayarigah,
The Minister of foreign Affair and Regional Integration, Hon. Hannah Tetteh,
The minister of Education, Hon. Prof. Jane Nana Opoku-Agyeman,
All protocols observed, 
The issues of climate change and food insecurity have become topical around the globe. The agricultural sector is highly vulnerable to climate change, especially where farming relies heavily on rain. African countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change because, in addition to their dependence on rain-fed agriculture, they experience high levels of poverty, low levels of human and physical capital and poor infrastructure.
As both staple and cash crop agriculture are almost entirely rain-fed, rainfall variability during the growing season leads to fluctuating food production from year to year. Changes in rainfall also often lead to reduced harvest of staple foods, thus contributing to food insecurity.
Madam Chairperson, distinguished guest, many crops have annual cycles, and yields fluctuate with climate variability, particularly rainfall and temperature. Maintaining the continuity of food supply when production is seasonal is therefore challenging. Droughts and floods are a particular threat to food stability and could bring about both chronic and transitory food insecurity. Both are expected to become more frequent, more intense and less predictable as a consequence of climate change.
In rural areas that depend on rain fed agriculture for an important part of their local food supply, changes in the amount and timing of rainfall within the season and an increase in weather variability are likely to aggravate the precariousness of local food systems.
It is to be noted, the affordability of food is determined by the relationship between household income and the cost of a typical food basket. Global food markets may exhibit greater price volatility, jeopardizing the stability of returns to farmers and the access to purchased food of both farming and non-farming poor people.
Madam Chairperson, distinguished guests, the change in seasonality attributed to climate change can lead to certain food products becoming more scarce at certain times of year. Such seasonal variations in food supply, along with vulnerabilities to flooding and fire, can make livelihoods more vulnerable at certain times of the year. Although these impacts might appear indirect, they are important because many marginal livelihood groups are close to the poverty margin, and food is a key component of their existence.
Agriculture is often at the heart of the livelihood strategies of these marginal groups; agricultural employment, whether farming their own land or working on that of others, is key to their survival. In many areas, the challenges of rural livelihoods drive urban migration. As the number of poor and vulnerable people living in urban slums grows, the availability of non-farm employment opportunities and the access of urban dwellers to adequate food from the market will become increasingly important drivers of food security.
Agriculture-based livelihood systems that are already vulnerable to climate change face immediate risk of increased crop failure, loss of livestock and fish stocks, increasing water scarcities and destruction of productive assets. These systems include small-scale rain fed farming, pastoralism, inland and coastal fishing and forest-based systems. Rural people inhabiting coasts, floodplains and drylands are most at risk.
The urban poor, particularly in coastal cities and floodplain settlements, also face increasing risks. Among those at risk, pre-existing socio-economic discriminations are likely to be aggravated, causing nutritional status to deteriorate among women, young children and elderly, ill and disabled people. Future vulnerability is likely to affect not only farmers, fishers, herders and forest-dependent people, but also low-income city dwellers, in developing countries, whose sources of livelihood and access to food may be at risk from the impact of extreme weather events and variable food prices, and who lack adequate insurance coverage.
Madam Chairperson, distinguished guests, the youth run the risk of them also contributing to climate change and failing to mitigate it, just as past generations have been doing. In order for the youth to actively and meaningful participate and influence development into the direction of climate resilient development, it is important that they understand these issues and the challenges to their achievement.
Given this scenario, there is need to allow the youth to actively participate in addressing the climate change problems, not as victims but more importantly as solution providers. It is in this context that the African youth should be recognised (not only on paper) as an age group with a lot of potential in addressing the climate change problem which spans within and across generations.
Madam Chairperson, distinguished guest, in order for Africa to achieve climate resilient development, there is a need create appropriate packages for climate change adaptation and mitigation for the youth in particular. If the youth are not actively involved in the current climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, they themselves when they pass the youth stage will keep on doing the same old ways which have been found to go against the objective of climate resilient development.
This therefore require everyone’ participation, which calls for the active participation of the youth; it is in the youth that today and tomorrow’s development foundation is anchored. Growing attention to climate change and sustainable development offers a chance for green economic growth. Green jobs not only provide much-needed employment opportunities for youth, they also give the youth an outlet to contribute directly to the fight against climate change by adopting green behaviors in their private lives.
Thank you
Kenneth Nana Amoateng
Abibiman Foundation-

Congratulate parliament of Ghana officially ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by Abibiman

Abibiman Foundation wishes to congratulate the parliament and Government of Ghana for the ratification of the Paris Agreement. This is the first bold step in the quest for sustainable development and the pursuance of clean energy and to that extent, sustainable energy for all.
The parliament of Ghana officially ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on the Thursday 4th of august 2016. This comes to play as we work towards achieving the sustainable development goals and to put an end to fossil fuels and move to cleaner forms of energy.
We recognizing that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and this requires the widest possible cooperation by all countries and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response. Parliament’s ratification of the Paris Agreement now make it legally binding on us to pursue the agenda of the Paris Agreement.
This Agreement, in enhancing the implementation of the Convention, including its objective, aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty, including by first of all, holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change. Also, increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production; making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.
This Agreement will be implemented to reflect equity and the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances. Abibimman Foundation recognizes the efforts of Government in its quest to address the issues of climate change which the country now faces its effects across the various sectors. The energy sector is one of the worst hit by climate change as the country struggles to put an end to the power crisis through some interventions. We therefore congratulate the government and also express our support to the government in ensuring the best for our communities and work towards achieving the sustainable development goals.
Abibiman Foundation-

Monday, June 20, 2016

Abibiman Foundation joins the rest of the World to mark the World refugee Day 2016

Abibiman Foundation joins the rest of the World to mark the World refugee Day 2016.  Let recall our common humanity‚ celebrate tolerance and diversity and open our hearts to refugees everywhere, we stand together #With Refugees

World Refugee Day is a time for us all to reflect even as Ghana prepares to go to the polls. Electoral process gives the citizenry the sole right to elect their preferred political leaders. As if this is not enough, electoral process in Africa have most often been characterized by violence at various stages, from pre-election, during elections and post elections. This electoral process which give rights to the people to govern themselves is been challenged by the threats to security, peace and development.

Conflict has destroyed thousands of lives and families. An estimated 60 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 20 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18 are forcibly displaced in the world - as refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced persons. 

There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.  In a world where 42,500 people are forcibly displaced every day as a result of conflict or persecution (source UNHCR)
In time of reflecting let us provide support and protection for refugees and effectively managing migration which requires a global response.

Ensure every refugee child gets an education and safe place to live for them to learn new skills to enable them make positive contribution to their community.

We call on the Ghanaian media to report responsibly on the refugee crisis and present a balanced, fair picture of events, and not to fuel people’s fears and prejudices, as indicated in the UN convention below;
– Article 13 provides for the rights of aliens; UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951); African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights 
– Article 12 guarantees the right to seek asylum and protection from expulsion; and Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa
– Article 11 places an obligation on states to protect asylum seeking women‚ refugees‚ returnees and internally displaced persons‚ against all forms of violence‚ rape‚ and other forms of sexual exploitation”.

We therefore call on Ghana refugee board to take a serious look at Ghana asylum policy and help make that aspiration a reality.” On World Refugee Day,

We hope that the Ghana refugee board will not use this year’s celebration as another opportunity to make bold statements and promises that will never be fulfilled. Instead the national authorities must place this year celebration and the theme in its proper context to the benefit of our people.

I call on UNHCR Ghana and the international community to continue to advocate and intensify efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts, and to help achieve peace and security so that families can be reunited and refugees can return home.

For any further information don’t hesitate to contact the Abibiman foundation on Tel 0506766466 and, our website

Friday, June 17, 2016

ABIBIMN PRESS STATEMENT - World Day to Combat Desertification 2016

PRESS STATEMENT - World Day to Combat Desertification 2016

DATE: 17th June, 2016

We in Abibiman Foundation, in solidarity with every Ghanaian, especially those living in desert prone areas, wish you all a happy and memorable World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. This year’s theme for World Day to Combat Desertification is “Inclusive cooperation for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality, Protect Earth, Restore land and Engage people.” 

Desertification is a form of land degradation in which a relatively dry land region becomes increasingly arid, typically losing its bodies of water leaving no plants either wildlife on it. It is caused by a variety of factors, such as disasters or climate change which mostly resulting from irresponsible human’s activities. Desertification is a significant global ecological and environmental problem.

There are many strategies that can be adopted to help save lives and livelihoods in droughtaffected communities. By reframing policies in terms of drought preparedness and risk management, as opposed to disaster response, investments can be made that are much more costeffective and life saving than sending humanitarian aid after a crisis has occurred. Through social and economic interventions among vulnerable communities, capacity and resilience to withstand the effects of drought can be strengthened. 

By encouraging sustainable land management, establishing early warning systems leading to early actions and incentivizing alternative livelihoods to agriculture and pastoralism, the effects of drought, especially among the world’s poor, need not be so devastating.

As we mark this year’s World day to combat Desertification and Drought, let us be reminded that when land degradation reaches a level where it seriously threatens people’s livelihoods, it can turn into a security issue. Let be bold to take action and investment in sustainable land management can boost food security, improve livelihoods and help people adapt to climate change One important approach is sustainable, climate-smart agriculture.  This will not only help communities to build resilience to climate change if we Investing in our resilience today costs a fraction of the relief price we will pay tomorrow

We regret the slow pace in the implementation of the UNCCD in Ghana and the lack of holistic programmes by government to address the problems of land degradation across the country. These are serious concerns that we condemn. This lack of political will is reflected in the general absence of collaboration and action among relevant institutions that have the remit of developing practical responses to the desertification and water pollution problems in Ghana.

We therefore call on government to take a serious look at its own obligations to the UNCCD and also the plight of people living in desert prone areas and beyond

 We hope that the government will not use this year’s celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification as another opportunity to make bold political statements and promises on desertification that will never be fulfilled. Instead the national authorities must place this celebration and the theme in its proper context to the benefit of our people.

For any further information don’t hesitate to contact the Abibiman foundation on Tel 0506766466 and, our website