Alok Sharma visits Ethiopia in first foreign visit since his full-time appointment as COP26 President

1 Feb 2021

COP26 President-Designate, Alok Sharma, visited Addis Ababa and Gabon last month to discuss how the UK can work with Ethiopia to address climate change challenges.

In his first overseas visit since becoming full-time COP26 President, Mr. Sharma met leaders from government and civil society, stressing the need for urgent climate action ahead of the important UN climate change summit the UK is hosting in November 2021, COP26.

His visit to Addis reaffirmed the UK–Ethiopia climate partnership signed by the UK Foreign Secretary, during his recent visit, which will step-up cooperation ahead of COP26.

Following high-level talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen Hassen, and other senior ministers, Mr. Sharma launched Ethiopia’s ‘Enfluencers’ (Ethiopia, Environment, Earth, Education, and Entertainment) Network, a group of young environmental activists and influencers who are working to raise awareness and build support for climate action.

Speaking at the end of his visit, Mr. Sharma said:

“Globally, we must go further and faster to protect people from the worst impacts of climate change, and climate-vulnerable countries should be at the heart of that process.”

I have been impressed by the ambition and determination I have seen on this visit, particularly from inspiring young people in Ethiopia. I will continue to work closely with my friends in Ethiopia and Gabon and hope that both countries will continue to show leadership on climate action, which has such a vital role to play in the COP26 process.

British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Alastair McPhail, said:

“I’m glad that COP26 President Alok Sharma has recognised Ethiopia’s importance in the fight against climate change, in choosing it as the site of his first overseas visit in the role full-time. Ethiopia is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world, but it is also a country with an admirable and ambitious green agenda.”

While in Ethiopia, Mr. Sharma also met the Minister of Agriculture, Oumar Hussein; Minister of Finance, Ahmed Shide; Mr. Mensur Dessie and Mr. Abdeta Debella from the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission, and Mr. Gebru Jember to discuss Ethiopia’s negotiating priorities for COP26; and Ambassador Josefa Sacko, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture.

This year, the UK will host the UN climate change conference COP26, in Glasgow with partners, Italy.

This will provide an opportunity for the world to come together and commit to urgent action.

Latest News

Browse all
The Government of Ethiopia has been working tirelessly in collaboration with development partners to ensure continued supplies of food and medicine to those that are in desperate need of it. It will continue to work with its humanitarian partners to prevent breaks in humanitarian operations and for assistance to reach all affected communities.
22 Jul 2021
Tigray Region Humanitarian Assistance Update
The Ethiopian government has sacrificially made a political decision, recognizing the dangers to the people, and will not tolerate any attack that violates the government's decision and endangers Ethiopia. The Government calls upon all Ethiopians to think of Ethiopia beyond local issues and stand by the side of their government.
14 Jul 2021
Summary | Government Statement Issued by Ambassador Redwan Hussein
While reaffirming its commitment to the safety of refugees, the Government of Ethiopia calls upon the international community to unanimously condemn the torture and killing of Eritrean refugees by TPLF, and support investigations on the reported incidents of reprisal attacks, abductions, arrests, and violence by the same group.
14 Jul 2021
Statement on the situation of Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia
The Government calls on the people of Ethiopia to protect itself from influences of unsubstantiated information and the propaganda machine of the Junta, whose remaining power is just fabricating falsified information. The people of Ethiopia should understand that our domestic and external enemies are working in unison to sow dissent and mistrust among us. The Government urges the people of…
14 Jul 2021
Message from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on the Current Situation in Tigray
It has recently come to our attention that one of our consular staff members has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, there will be temporary disruption to our face-to-face services to prevent the spread of the virus and safeguard members of the public. The consular section will be closed to the public and will henceforth be processing the following…
14 Jul 2021
Notice of Temporary Disruption to Consular Services
To spur and support its growth and transformation agenda, the Government of Ethiopia is committed to expanding higher education, science, and TVET programs. This webinar will seek to explore key insights into the science and higher education sector in Ethiopia and Scotland, and share best practices and experiences on opportunities and areas of collaboration with similar institutions in both countries.
13 Jul 2021
WEBINAR | Ethiopia-Scotland Science and Higher Education Symposium: Opportunities for Partnership and Collaboration
Ethiopia is committed to bringing the AU-led trilateral process to a successful conclusion aiming to reach a mutually acceptable outcome. It is prepared and ready to work on the phased approach proposed by the Chairperson of the African Union, and, therefore, encourages both Egypt and Sudan to negotiate in good faith to bring the process to fruition.
13 Jul 2021
Press Statement on Resuming the Trilateral AU-led Negotiations on GERD
The Brief is a bi-weekly publication from the Ethiopian Embassy in London covering current affairs in Ethiopia. This week's issue covers the United Nations Security Council meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Situation in Tigray. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive The Brief in your inbox.
9 Jul 2021
The Brief – 09.07.21
The Tigray Provisional Administration has requested the Federal Government to enact a humanitarian ceasefire in the Tigray region. The provisional administration’s request came after due consideration of the needs on the ground and following the consultations with academics, the business community, and religious leaders and elders from the Region.
28 Jun 2021
Decision by the Federal Government of Ethiopia in Response to the Proposal of the Tigray Provisional Administration to Resolve the Challenges Facing the Tigray Region
The Government of Ethiopia appreciates the interest the country’s longstanding international partners have shown in the electoral process of the 6th national elections in Ethiopia. The government also took note of the importance of conducting honest reflection on the successes, challenges, and shortcomings of the 6th general elections to have improved future elections.
25 Jun 2021
Press statement on the concerns of partners and friends on the 6th General Elections in Ethiopia
The Brief is a bi-weekly publication from the Ethiopian Embassy in London covering current affairs in Ethiopia. This week's issue covers Ethiopia’s 2021 national elections and Col. Getnet's briefing on the Togogo airstrike. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive The Brief in your inbox.
25 Jun 2021
The Brief – 25.06.21
In a letter sent to the president of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday (June 23), Ethiopia rejected the latest attempts made by Egypt and Sudan to seeking the involvement of the Security Council over the GERD issue outside of its mandate.
25 Jun 2021
Ethiopia calls on UN Security Council to encourage Sudan and Egypt to respect the AU-led process and negotiate in good faith over GERD