UN reiterates continued support to Ethiopia’s green growth initiative – Xinhua

by Zelalem

ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) — The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Tuesday reaffirmed its continued commitment to support Ethiopia’s green growth development.

The UNEP, as part of its pledge, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Forest and Climate Change that envisaged to support Ethiopia’s efforts in minimizing the impacts of climate change by cutting the East African country’s carbon dioxide emissions to zero level by the year 2030.

According to the ministry, the signing of the agreement is expected to provide a new impetus in realizing Ethiopia’s commitments towards the prevention of climate change.

The five-year Memorandum of Understanding is designed to strengthen and coordinate Ethiopia’s efforts in minimizing the impact of climate change.

Gemedo Dalle, Ethiopian Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, said that the agreement will benefit Ethiopia in cutting the country’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Dalle further called on UN’s Environment Programme to strengthen its efforts in guiding Ethiopia to reach the target of zero net carbon dioxide emission by the year 2030.

Erik Solheim, UNEP Executive Director, who dubbed Ethiopia as among African countries that have made great socioeconomic and political progress over the last 25 years on the sector, also reiterated UN’s support in minimizing risks attributed to climate change in line with the signed MoU.

UNEP, which has been working with the Ethiopian government on green development agendas, is mainly expected to provide technical and capacity building support for Ethiopia’s endeavors in reducing the impacts of climate change.

The Global Green Growth Week 2017, which was held in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa last October, had considered Ethiopia’s ambitious green economy strategy, called the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE), as an example for the global community.

Ethiopia’s flagship CRGE initiative, which was launched in 2011, is part of the East African country’s aspiration to realize a climate-resilient low carbon emission middle-income economy by 2025.

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