Globally, there has been an upsurge in climate-induced hazards which threaten human life and property. This has necessitated an urgent response to support climate change mitigation and adaptation globally and Africa in particular. Efforts to address climate change issues date back to the Rio Earth conference in 1992 yet significant deficits still remain. Climate change has had substantial effects on sustainable development in Africa. Although the continent is the least contributor to greenhouse gases, it is the most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of global climatic change due to inadequate adaptive capacity. Therefore, Africa must have the highest interest in a functional climate governance framework which has the capability to improve mitigation and adaptation measures.

Against this background, the ICCCSDA seeks to create a platform for knowledge sharing which would lead to informed decision making in climate sensitive areas such as natural resources, agriculture, food and water security, energy, science and technology, and transport. The conference will assemble researchers, professionals, policymakers and development practitioners, civil society organisations and other stakeholders to deliberate on contemporary climate change and sustainable development issues that contribute towards appropriate responses, including providing support for mitigation, adaptation and technological innovations, among others. This conference is jointly organized by the Centre for Climate Change and Gender Studies (www.uenr.edu.gh/cccgs) and the Earth Observation Research and Innovation Centre (www.uenr.edu.gh/eoric) under the aegis of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana.