English is the official language of the country, which is used for official communication by the government as well as in schools. Ghana hosts many other regional languages, of which Twi is the most widely spoken. In the city of Accra the majority of locals will be able to understand and converse in English.
English will be the official language of World Press Freedom Day 2018, with interpretation to French available for selected sessions.
Climate and Clothing
Ghana is a tropical country and during the time of the conference the rainy season will have started. It lasts from April to June and will have average temperatures between 21° C (70° F) and 31° C (88° F). Light clothing is advisable.
The Ghanaian Cedi (GHS) is the official currency. The average exchange rate is 4.50 GHS for 1.00 USD. Foreign currency can be freely exchanged at any Forex Bureau in the country or at some commercial banks. Most ATMs accept Visa and/or Mastercard.
Outlets in Ghana are of the G type, which is of British origin. The standard voltage is 230V with a standard frequency of 50 Hz. A plug adapter and a step-down transformer will be necessary when your appliances use a lower voltage and/or another type of plug.
Insurance and Health
It is recommended that participants take out insurance in their home country to cover pre-journey cancellation for personal reasons as well as necessary travel insurance to cover accidents, medical expenses, and loss of personal belongings for the duration of their visit. Before visiting Ghana, being vaccinated against hepatitis A and B, tetanus, polio, typhoid, meningitis and diphtheria are strongly recommended. Being vaccinated against yellow fever is mandatory.
There is a risk of contracting malaria in Ghana. Measures to prevent mosquito bites are advised and include the following: wearing long-sleeved clothing, using mosquito repellent, and sleeping with a mosquito net or with the airconditioning running. The use of antimalarial medication is recommended as well.
It is recommended to use bottled drinking water and not to consume Ghanaian tap water.
UNESCO and its partners are not liable for any claims for damages and/or losses if the entire conference has to be cancelled due to a force majeure incident.
UNESCO and its partners are not liable for damages and/or losses of any kind which may be incurred by the participants or by any other individual(s) accompanying them, both during the conference as well as going to/from the conference. Participants and delegates are responsible for their own safety and belongings.