The UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) organized the fourth Ghana session of the UNU Global Seminar series from 8 to 10 March 2011. The seminar, co-facilitated by the UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), was held at the Noguchi Memorial Research Institute at the University of Ghana, Legon.
The theme of the seminar′s 2011 Ghana session was “Natural Resources and Sustainable Development: Policy Challenges in Africa”. In the opening session, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana, highlighted in his opening remarks the sustainable development policy challenges facing Ghana as a new African oil-producing state. Dr. Elias Ayuk, Director of UNU-INRA, presented the strategic directions of UNU-INRA in its research mandate on natural resources management in Africa.
The aim of the UNU Global Seminars is to enhance awareness about contemporary global issues and the role of the United Nations in addressing those issues. The 50 participants who attended this seminar, nationals of more than eight countries, were selected mainly from the undergraduate and graduate programs of the University of Ghana, Legon, and other educational institutions in Ghana.
The seminar featured eight guest lectures delivered by leading experts from the University of Ghana, University of Nigeria, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ghana and relevant civil society organizations. The guest lecturers included Professors Essuman-Johnson, Kofi Quashigah and Kwame Domfeh (University of Ghana); Dr. Ben Simon Okolo (University of Nigeria); Okey Ilofulunwa (Centre for Global Policy Alternatives, Nigeria); and Audrey Quarcoo (Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana).
The 2011 Ghana session of the UNU Global Seminar series was facilitated by Dr. Obijiofor Aginam (UNU-ISP, Tokyo), who gave an overview of the objectives of the UNU global seminar and also supervised the group work and final presentations of the students on five thematic topics related to sustainability challenges in managing Africa’s natural resources.