The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, in conjunction with SNV Ghana and the European Union, have organized a media sensitization and awareness creation workshop for journalists in Ghana, in line with the government’s National Green Jobs Strategy, aimed at promoting green jobs and transitioning to an environmentally sustainable economy.
The strategy, developed in 2020 with support from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Union (EU), is being implemented by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.
The GREEN project aims to create green jobs and promote the growth of the green and circular economies in Ghana by improving skills development and increasing access to finance for the youth.
Gloria B. Noi, Director of Policy, Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation (PPME), stated in an address read on behalf of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations that the negative impact of global warming and climate change has become increasingly visible around the world.
She said climate change has significant implications for human life if the government fails to implement measures to combat it, and she beseeched the media to help raise awareness of the National Green Jobs Strategy and the transition from brown to green environments.
She said there was an urgent need to identify the requisite green skills for relevance to the green economy.
A representative from SNV Ghana, Awudu Musa Dramani, noted that the National Green Jobs Strategy is crucial for Ghana due to the increasing impact of climate change on our lives and future generations.
He said the workshop was also important since it would help the media understand the strategy and what it entails and have a better understanding of educating Ghanaians.
Mr. Ernest Berko, Deputy Director of Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, stated that the National Green Job Strategy aims to implement safety measures that transition from the brown to the green world. He explained that the main goal is to promote green job creation through effective policy coordination across sectors.
He emphasized that transitioning from brown to green is a conscious move that maximizes job creation potential in Ghana while minimizing job losses.