Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, has stated that the country needs innovative approach to meet the SDGs.
He made the statement at an Inception workshop for Special Programme organized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and supported by the United Nations Miamata Convention Environment on Mercury in Accra.
The theme was; ‘Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Sustainable Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste throughout their Life-Cycle and the Effective Implementation of the Base, Rottardam, Stockholm and Minamata Conventions and the Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management (SAICM) in Ghana.
He noted that effective management of chemicals and waste addresses SDG three, which focuses on good health and well-being and goal 12, targeted at achieving environmentally sound management of chemicals and waste.
Ghana, he said, needs innovative approach such as sustainable chemistry to meet the SDGs.
Prof. Frimpong Boateng indicated that another approach has to do with the application of contemporary risk assessment methodologies, comprising the implementation of Globally Harmonised System of classification and labeling.
The Acting Executive Director of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mr. John Pwamang pointed out that the diversity and potential severity of chemical risk make sound chemical management a key cross-cutting issue for sustainable development.
He therefore charged all stakeholders, especially agencies that use chemicals to main stream sound management of chemicals issues in their programmes to ensure sustainable development.
By William Sarpong