H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali – Climate Ambition Summit 2020
H.E. Dr. ABIY AHMED ALI
PRIME MINSTER OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA
CLIMATE AMBITION SUMMIT
12th DECEMBER 2020
Ladies and Gentlemen:
It is my pleasure to join you today in the commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the historic Paris Agreement.
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. Over the last two years, this strategy has been fully mainstreamed into the recently launched Ten-Year Perspective Development Plan, which runs from 2021 to 2030.
As part of our commitment to the Paris Agreement, we have also launched our fifteen-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 (18) 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 Green Legacy national flagship initiative in 2019, aimed at planting 20 billion tree seedlings within four years. During the last two years, we have managed to plant more than 9 billion seedlings. As of next year, my government is working to extend the Green Legacy Initiative into the neighboring countries.
Ethiopia is also on the verge of finalizing the process of updating its Nationally Determined Contribution as well as the preparation of the 2050 Long-Term Low Carbon Development Strategy, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19.
As I conclude, I would like to reiterate the unwavering commitment of Ethiopia in the global fight against climate change, and call upon all parties to enhance their ambition and scale-up their climate finance supports for developing countries.
I thank you!
Good afternoon, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, It is a great honour to speak with you all at this parliamentary meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Forum. In most meetings it is heads of states who garner the most attention but in actual fact to my mind it is the parliamentary representatives who do the hard work