PM Abiy addresses Climate Ambition Summit

16 Dec 2020

On 12th December, global climate leaders took a major stride towards a resilient, net-zero emissions future, presenting ambitious new commitments, urgent actions and concrete plans to confront the climate crisis.

Co-convened by the United Nations, the UK and France, in partnership with Italy and Chile, on the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the Climate Ambition Summit marked a major milestone on the road to the crucial UN climate conference COP26 in Glasgow next November.

75 leaders from all continents outlined new commitments at the Summit – a clear signal that the Paris Agreement – more than ever before the compass of international action – is working to steeply increase climate action and ambition.

In his address, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, highlighted Ethiopia’s ambitions of a carbon-neutral and resilient economy by 2030 that takes a whole-of-economy approach that protects people and nature.

“Ethiopia has taken bold leadership on climate action by launching its ambitious Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy that aspires to build a carbon-neutral and resilient economy by 2030.”

“As part of our commitment to the Paris Agreement, we have also launched our 15-year ambitious National Adaptation Plan, aimed at reducing the vulnerability of the country to the adverse impacts of climate change. This plan has identified eighteen adaptation options across the most vulnerable sectors, including agriculture, forestry, health, and transport. “

“We have also recently intensified our commitment in the fight against climate change by launching our flagship Green Legacy Initiative, aimed at planting 20 billion seedlings within four years. During the last two years, we have managed to plant more than 9 billion seedlings. Next year, my government is working to extend the Green Legacy Initiative into neighboring countries,” the Prime minister said.

The Prime Minister concluded by reiterating Ethiopia’s unwavering commitment in the global fight against climate change and called upon all parties to enhance their ambition and scale-up their climate finance support for developing countries.

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