President Mills addresses International Conservation Gala in Washington, DC.
H.E Professor John Evans Atta Mills, President of the Republic of Ghana emphasized the need to pay serious attention to the efforts at conserving our natural resources, stressing that our very human existence is intrinsically linked to the oceans, reiterating that “when the last marine specie dies, the last man will die”
President Mills was a special guest of honour at the 2012 U.S. Conressional International Conservation Ocean Gala.
The annual event was held under the auspices of the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF), at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington DC. The ICCF initiative encourages policy makers to proactively address Oceans resource challenges that shape our national and economic security. It also aims at bringing together leaders in the public and private sectors to share ideas, expertise and to form stronger collaborations to achieve “natural security” in countries around the world.
In his address to the gathered audience, President Mills noted that Ghana is at the forefront of creating a sustainable and integrated management of Marine resources through regional cooperation between all the countries sharing the Atlantic Coast from Angola to Guinea Bissau.
President Mills urged the audience to manage oceans resources prudently to ensure sustainable livelihood for all, and called for a radical change in direction towards the management of water resources for the development of Africa.
According to President Mills, the right investment in infrastructure, institutions and technology by both State and non-State actors can unleash the potential of agriculture, harness the multiple benefits of water resources, expand access to modern energy, step up the fight against diseases and conserve tropical forest.
Other dignitaries present at the Gala included H.E. Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico, the Honorable Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados, Sheik Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Personal Representative of His Majesty the King of Bahrain, , Hon. Ken Salazar, US Secretary of the Interior, other U.S. Senators and Congressmen.