Dr. Sarah Delputte, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science-Centre for EU Studies, Ghent University, Belgium, on Friday 27th February, 2015 presented a paper on “The Role of the EU as a Climate Change and Development Actor”, at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS)-helmed Seminar Series programme held at its graduate building.
She is a visiting scholar with the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, UGBS.
Dr. Delputte, in her opening statement, said there is increased attention both within the EU and internationally on the nexus between Climate Change (CC) and development both at the policy level and in academic research, where both were previously considered irreconcilable.
In her presentation, Dr. Delputte disclosed the Union’s recognition of the importance of its contribution to CC, hence its incorporation of same into its bilateral aid policies.
She revealed further that from 2010-2012, the EU contributed a total of 7.2 billion Euros in funding to help developing countries tackle climate change and as part of its “budget for Europe 2020” has a mandatory minimum climate change-related expenditure of 20% of the overall budget.
Despite the EU’s interest in Climate Change Intervention (CCI) and its development of policies to tackle it, Dr. Delputte pointed out that the interaction between development and Climate Change has not fully been translated into the Union’s bilateral aid policies.
Speaking on the EU’s incorporation of CC into its development cooperation with Ghana, Dr. Delputte pointed out that the EU is an established partner with a strong interest in aiding Ghana in tackling CC issues and is strengthening ties with the Accra office responsible for CC in order to achieve that.
The event, which was held at the new graduate block, was attended by Prof. Joshua Y. Abor, Dean of the school, Dr. Justice N. Bawole, Head of the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, Dr. Kwesi Dartey-Baah, Coordinator of the UGBS seminar series, some members of faculty, and students.
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