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Ethiopia, Germany reaffirm commitment to strengthen partnership climate action

Addis Ababa, May 9, 2024 (FBC) – Ethiopia and Germany have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen their cooperation in preventing climate change.

State Minister, Ministry of Planning and Development, Seyoum Mekonnen held a discussion with Germany’s State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action, Jennifer Lee Morgan.

The meeting underscored a mutual dedication to Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) where renewable energy development and enhancing energy accessibility is key area of intervention.

Ethiopia’s commendable investments in hydropower projects such as GERD and Koisha hydroelectric projects received praise which are expected to boost the energy accessibility for Ethiopians.

During the meeting, the Green Legacy Initiative received praise for its significant contribution to sustainability and the effectiveness of its projects during the meeting.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lee Morgan expressed Germany’s strong interest in supporting Ethiopia’s ambitious renewable energy initiatives.

Moreover, the collaboration on NDC and Climate Finance took center stage during discussions.

The two sides have also exchanged views on Ethiopia’s forthcoming updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC 3.0) expected in 2025, with plans outlined for reviewing of the achievements and shortfalls of the existing NDC.

They emphasized the imperative for climate finance accessibility and the capacity to mobilize the resources from the available sources too while innovative financing mechanisms could also be considered. This includes fostering private sector involvement in climate change solutions and green growth.

Germany committed to ongoing support for bolstering stakeholder engagement and capacity building in Ethiopia, particularly in the establishment of a robust climate information/knowledge system emerged as a key priority for collaborative efforts, deemed essential for informed decision-making and effective policy implementation.

The meeting concluded with a resolute commitment from Germany and Ethiopia to intensify collaboration, working closely to accelerate climate action and achieve their mutual objectives at national and regional level initiatives.

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