Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan with 	members of the Cardoso Panel of Eminent Persons on UN Civil Society Relations
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CIVIL SOCIETY RESOURCE CENTER, GHANA

The Civil Society Resource Centre was set up in January 2007 as a direct outcome of the recommendations of the Cardoso Panel of Eminent Persons on UN-Civil Society Relations and the recommendations of the CIVICUS civil society index report on Ghana. It followed nationwide consultations with representatives of civil society organizations in Ghana on how to provide support to CSOs and assist in their strengthening.

The major objective of the Centre, therefore, is to deepen UN-Civil Society Engagement and foster stronger collaboration between the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Ghana and civil society organisations to ensure better development effectiveness. In this regard, the Centre initiated a study to identify best practices, challenges and lessons learnt in Agencies’ engagement with CSOs with the aim to develop programmes that address any weaknesses, strengthen collaboration and spread best practices.

The Centre also provides support to CSOs by serving as a hub for information, training, technical assistance and developing the advocacy skills of CSO platforms to influence policy.

The Centre is the Secretariat of the UNCT Civil Society Advisory Committee, which has been set up to promote a two-way communication flow between the UNCT and CSOs, and act both as an advisory and sounding board for UN programmes in the country.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

COUNTDOWN TO COPENHAGEN:

Negotiations in 2009 leading to Copenhagen

2009 is a crucial year in the international effort to address climate change, culminating in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, 7-18 December. In 2007, Parties agreed to shape an ambitious and effective international response to climate change, to be agreed at Copenhagen.

The Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) will operate in full negotiating mode in 2009 to advance work towards meeting their respective mandates. Important ongoing work under the Convention will also be taken forward in 2009 by SBI and SBSTA.