The Ghana United Nations Students and Youth Association (GUNSA) has called on government of Ghana to comply with various international conventions on environment which the country has ratified to help safeguard the environment from further destruction.In a statement issued in Accra by the Association stated that, “ we demand strict adherence to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (Nairobi 1992) and the Framework Conventions on Climate Change (New York 1992), Kyoto 1997 and Paris 2015). We hereby also demand urgent compliance to the outcomes of the Stockholm UN Conference on Human Environment, the World Commission on Environment and Development as well as the World Summit on Sustainable Development”
The statement issued and signed by the Communications Directorate of GUNSA also condemned the ongoing destruction of the environment with a call on government to take immediate steps to halt all such negative practices.GUNSA is forecasting disaster in the country should government fail to protect the environment .
The association says,it fully support the fight against illegal mining menace in the country.
“As an association of students and the youth who are the future benefactors of a safe and sound environment, it is incumbent on all government agencies and institutions to take steps to protect the environment and its resources, hence our decision to join the ongoing campaign to ban galamsey and all other illegal mining activities in the country”, the statement said.
GUNSA has however commended the Chief Justice for the decision to designate 14 special courts for galamsey trials in the Country.
Though the association is worried about the level of destruction as results of successive governments failure to deal with the menace ,it is optimistic ,the current government will take immediate actions to stop the destruction of our forests, farm lands and natural water bodies.
GUNSA also commended the newly formed partnership of media houses, churches, Occupy Ghana and other members of the civil society in the campaign against the Galamsey menace.
GUNSA was formed in 1963 as an association of youth and students desirous of living and promoting the ideals of the United Nations. It is recognised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has historically had the sector Minister as its Chief Patron. It has produced a number of individuals occupying positions of authority and influence. Amongst them is the current Vice President, Dr Mahamoud Bawumia and several other public and private leaders in Ghana and abroad.