Green Legacy Initiative, GERD ‘Show Ethiopia’s Resolve to Build Green Economy’: FM

ADDIS ABABA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen met with the Executive Director of the UN Environment Program, Inger Andersen, to discuss Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Initiative and the advancement of renewable energy in the country.

The two officials held their meeting today on the sideline of the UN General Assembly in New York, according to the Ministry of Foreign affairs (MoFA) statement.

The minister, during the conversation, mentioned that Ethiopia’s ongoing efforts to mitigate climate change as part its push to building green economy.

He, particularly, emphasized the advantages that the Green Legacy Initiative has brought for both Ethiopia and its neighbors.

The efforts being made to ensure Ethiopia’s economic and social development through the development of its potential renewable energy resources was also brought up during the discussion.

Demeke cited the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) as an example of a renewable energy development project, noting that other riparian nations besides Ethiopia will benefit from the project.

He also reiterated that Ethiopia is always open to dialogue and underscored that outstanding issues regarding the filling and construction of the dam can only be settled through dialogue.

The executive director of the UN Environment Program praised Ethiopia for its commendable efforts to realize a green economy.

The UN will support Ethiopia’s efforts to encourage the development of renewable energy sources, she said, and also stated negotiations should settle the Renaissance Dam dispute, MoFA’s statement reads.

On the same day, deputy prime minister Demeke had a discussion with Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

He thanked the UN for helping refugees and urged the Commissioner to increase aid for internally displaced people (IDPs) who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict and drought.

The organization will continue to collaborate closely with the Ethiopian government, the High Commissioner reaffirmed.

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