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Ethiopia: The Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum

ADDIS ABABA (HAN) December 23, 2015 – Public Diplomacy and Regional Stability Initiatives News. A senior government official said that Ethiopia will become the Chairperson of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) June 2016- December 2017.

Briefing journalists on the outcome of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) and the Paris Agreement on Reduction of Climate Change yesterday, Environment and Forest Minister Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam said that when Ethiopia officially takes over the position of Chairperson in CVF it will work in its full capacity focusing on deepening awareness towards climate change at leadership and individual levels. It as well will do its level best to augment the negotiating power of the developing countries during climate negotiations, he added.

The Minister said that the conference was historic and fruitful compared to previous conferences as the whole world agreed to contribute its share in limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (°C) . “Moreover, developed and middle income countries have pledged to provide financial,technical and technological support for developing countries that are at high risk of natural disasters due to climate change.,” he added.

According Dr. Shiferaw, for climate change adaptation and mitigation related aid, 100 billion USD will be invested annually until 2020 both by developed and middle income countries. The Paris Agreement on reduction of Climate Change will be legally binding at least 55 countries sign the agreement. Ethiopia has set a goal to achieve zero – net carbon emission in 2025 building a green economy. Source: theethiopianherald







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