PM Hailemariam urges for integrated support to mitigate climate change

Addis Ababa, September 21, 2017 (FBC) - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn urged the need for integrated support for developing countries to help them mitigate and adopt climate change.

In his remarks on the climate vulnerable forum held at the sidelines of the 72nd General Assembly, the Premier said countries like Ethiopia need to be supported to mitigate and adopt impacts of climate change that has been hindering them from realizing development plans.

Hailemariam said that developing countries like Ethiopia are vulnerable to impacts of climate change, mentioning the 2015 El Nino induced drought that sustained through 2017.

He urged the developed nations to extend support for countries vulnerable to impacts of climate change and to keep their promises.

Though the developed countries pledged to support developing countries to minimize vulnerability and help them adopt and mitigate impacts, Hailemariam said, they have not work satisfactorily in creating sufficient and sustainable financial source.

In spite of the need for 4 trillion US dollars for the realization of the plans of the developing nations, as per the Paris Agreement, developed countries have only contributed 10.3 billion US dollars so far to the green climate fund, he added.

Noting that climate change is a threat for the realization of national and global development goals including the SDGs, the Premier called on the developed countries to keep their promises.

Similarly, Prime Minister Hailemariam held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire of Somalia on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The two officials have discussed at length on ways to further strengthening the existing bilateral ties between Somalia and Ethiopia.

Prime Minsiter Hailemariam expressed Ethiopia’s unwavering support to realize strong and stable Somalia.

The Somali Prime Minister on the occasion appreciated Ethiopia's relentless support to the Government and people of Somalia.

He also expressed that his country values the relation it has with Ethiopia and expressed his hope that the Government of Somalia would not allow anyone to destabilize Ethiopia as the two countries’ destiny is intertwined.

The two Ministers underscored the need for working together in the Horn of Africa integration project. They also exchanged views on the upcoming joint commission meeting between the two countries expected to be held coming October.

Source: ENA/MoFA

Posted by Amare Asrat