Addis Ababa, October 5, 2022 (Walta) – A thematic meeting focusing on human mobility strategies in the context of climate change started today in Addis Ababa.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador Tesfaye Yilma, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, considered climate change a “threat multiplier”, citing its continued role as a main migration driver.
“In this regard, my country, Ethiopia, is taking concrete steps to mitigate the impacts of climate change on sustainable economic development. We have designed a climate-resilient green economy strategy that aims to address the challenges of climate change while pursuing sustainable economic growth.
He shared Ethiopia’s experience, such as planting more than 25 billion tree seedlings as part of the Green Legacy initiative, developing renewable energy sources and identifying priorities that can be improved. to increase cereal production and productivity through the development of small and large-scale irrigation.
Hon. Mary Ayen Majok, First Deputy Speaker of the National Legislature of the Republic of South Sudan and current Chairperson of the Khartoum Process, expressed the determination and conviction within the Khartoum Process to collectively aspire to safe, orderly migration and regular migration that guarantees the rights of migrants who deserve protection and asylum instead of the existing irregular migration with its devastating disasters.
The Khartoum Process is a platform for political cooperation between countries along the migration route between the Horn of Africa and Europe. It aims to establish a continuous dialogue for enhanced cooperation on migration and mobility.
The meeting will conclude after three days of workshops with panelists including national and international academics and policy makers, according to MoFA