Desmond Kwesi Blackmore, known in showbiz circles as GH Rap Artiste and C.E.O of BLACK AVENUE WORKS/MUZIK (Advertising, Marketing firm and Record Label), D-BLACK was on the 2nd of December appointed U.N Celebrity Ambassador for Ghana.
The first event on the 5th of December "World Volunteer Day" saw D-Black, the United Nations (U.N), Volunteer Ghana, UNDP and JICA organize a cleanup of the Korle Gonno Beach (Chokor). He was supported by Kwaku-T and Sarkodie at this event.
This day also marked the beginning of the U.N’s link with the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December.
Some groups from the Volunteer Group Ghana visited some households to educate them on the need to build household toilets rather than resorting to the beach to ease themselves.
Volunteers from JICA also demonstrated to us all some of the uses of recycled waste bags and more.
The Channel O 2009 Music Video Awards Nominee gave a message to the residents of Chokor who were present at the cleanup .Both D-Black and Sarkodie were a part of the clean up exercise with Zoomlion, Korle Bu Nursing School and a number of the Countries University Students as Volunteers.
Speaking to TV Africa, D-Black said "I am very honoured to be a part of this remarkable team and I’m looking forward to doing more for my country Ghana and Africa as a whole." I'm also glad to know that Hip hop Music from Africa can go this far and can be used as a tool to bring people together for a worthy cause"
There were also messages from Sarkodie and Kwaku-T.
D-Black is set to release his first solo album on the 6th of March 2010, titled Music, Love and Life which features Wyclef Jean, MTV Africa Award winner HHP from South Africa, Channel O 2009 Award Winner Tay Grin from Malawi, Segal from Gabon, Triple time Channel O Award Winner, Buffalo Souljah from Zimbabwe, MAMA Award Nominee STL from Kenya, Sauce Kid, Naeto C and 2 Face from Nigeria with whom he features on his song "Stop it" which centers around promoting the awareness of the Millennium Developmental Goals as targeted by the United Nations.
Ghanaian artistes also featured on D Black's album are Kwaw Kese, Reggie Rockstone, Tinny, Kwaku T, Kwabena Kwabena, Chase, Efya, Robidebs and more.with Production from Bad Boy Entertainment's Coptic(U.S.A), Kwam 1, Q.C funk (U.S.A), M. A, Killmatic, Piesie, Shaker, Skonti ,D. Evolution, T-Nice (Canada) and more.
The first single for Ghana "You Scared featuring Kwaw Kese" is currently on blazing on Ghanaian Radio with an impressive over 5,000 downloads in its first week.
This album is set to be released on his Black Avenue Muzik Label on which he's signed management and distribution deals with new Urban Pop Group; Field Day and singer Sammie Black and Hiplife artiste, Robidebs .Sammie Black's first Single - "Wind Down" is set to be released on the 15th of December and Field Day with their track Pay Day on the 17th of December 2009.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme launched the global campaign ‘Volunteering for our Planet’ to promote voluntary effort for the environment. Since the website launched in October, tens of thousands of people have visited the website, www.VolunteeringForOurPlanet.org, to register the time that they spend on a voluntary basis, helping communities to adapt and innovate and to mitigate the causes of climate change.
As the total registered effort passed 1 million hours, volunteers in developing countries had registered the most time and activities. The top five countries were India, Pakistan, Kenya, Nigeria, and the Philippines. Only one western country, the United States, appeared in the top 10 (see table below for the top 40).
“This sends a very strong message that volunteers make a significant contribution to development and that everyone can be a part of the solution to climate change,” said UNV Executive Coordinator Flavia Pansieri. “It is highly relevant that developing countries are so well represented in this campaign, because they will be among the most affected by global climate change.”
UNV is continuing to collect information about environmental volunteerism and will present the result of the campaign at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen which opens on 7 December. “Governments are increasingly recognizing both the urgency of addressing climate change, and the support they have from their citizens to do this. In Copenhagen, they have the opportunity to turn this powerful voluntary force into agreed international actions,” Ms Pansieri said.
Volunteers are taking action across many areas, including environmental education in Egypt, agriculture in Brazil, energy in China, waste and pollution in Germany, water and sanitation in Australia and biodiversity in Canada. People registering on the website have given details of many different ways that they are volunteering.
One couple volunteered 1000 hours to teach environmental conservation to communities in Malaysia. In Turkey, a woman volunteered for 100 hours to build more energy-efficient buildings, while a man in Liberia spent 50 hours installing water pumps and mobilizing young people to volunteer for environmental projects.
“People are committed and they are taking positive action to do something about this issue,” said Ms Pansieri. “Taken on their own, a few hours of effort by an individual volunteer might not look like very much, but the fantastic response to this campaign demonstrates that the combined actions of thousands of volunteers around the world add up to a tremendous contribution to the global effort to address climate change.”
As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated on World Environment Day 2009, “Our planet needs more than just action by governments and corporations; it needs each of us. Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose we can make a tremendous difference.”
Ms Pansieri noted that volunteerism was instrumental to fighting climate change. “Volunteers started the global environmental movement and we are an essential part of the solution to climate change. That is why UNV established ‘Volunteering for our Planet’ as our theme for International Volunteer Day.
We want political leaders to recognize that the solution lies not only with governments and industry, but with every one of us.
We are sending a strong signal to the Copenhagen conference that people should be encouraged to volunteer to be part of the response to climate change. Our climate is changing and everybody needs to get involved to help us cope. Every hour counts.”
‘Volunteering for our Planet’ is the UNV contribution to the UN campaign to Seal the Deal in Copenhagen. The website is recording voluntary contributions made between 5 June and 5 December. Contributions will continue to be recorded until the closure of COP15 on 18 December, when the final results will be released.
The United Nations Volunteers programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer.
UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers. UNV is the UN focal point for International Volunteer Day, celebrated internationally every year on 5 December and marked in a variety of ways by governments, institutions and individuals worldwide.
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