Ethiopia remains firm on speedy implementation of Paris Agreement: State Minister

Addis Ababa, November 17, 2016 (FBC) –At the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) underway in Marrakesh, Morocco, Ethiopia has called for the speedy implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Ethiopia, current chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, is presenting at the conference a proposal that took into account the interest of the country and member states of the Forum, Kare Chawecha, State Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change told FBC reporter in Marrakesh.

As chair of the Forum, Ethiopia, in partnership with member states of the Forum, will strive for the implementation of polices which reduce their vulnerability to climate change as well as ensure their access to climate finance, he said.

He added the country will also discharge its responsibility in echoing the voices of the Forum’s member states and pushing developed countries to honor their commitment to mobilize climate finance -100 billion US dollars by 2020 to help developing countries to mitigate and adapt to climate vulnerability.

In a related development, world leaders have showed their support for the implementation of Paris Agreement at the conference.

Adopted by 196 States Parties to UNFCCC last December, the Paris Agreement aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The United Nations Climate Conference in Marrakech (COP 22) brought together over 40 heads of state and 30 heads of government as well as representatives of NGOs and civil associations.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat