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As key partners and climate ambitious countries, Ethiopia and Denmark lead the energy transition track at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on 23 September on a personal request by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. On 23 September at the UN Climate Action Summit, governments, private companies, multilateral development banks, investors and civil society will join forces to boost ambition and to accelerate global climate action. The UN Secretary-General has divided the work leading up to the summit into nine different tracks1, each focusing on a specific area where action is needed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The global shift away from fossil fuels towards green energy such as wind, hydro and solar power is urgent. It is estimated that by 2050, the transition to renewable energy, improved energy efficiency and electrification could contribute up to 90 % of the needed CO2-emission reductions, making energy transition a vital priority for the planet. 

Ethiopia, Denmark and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) have been requested to lead the discussions on sustainable energy transition. “Denmark has through several years, as a valued partner, supported Ethiopia’s ambition to develop a climate-resilient green economy. We share a strong appreciation that renewable energy from hydro, solar, geothermal and wind power will be vital for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring affordable, reliable and sustainable electricity for all. Our leadership of the Energy Transition track of the United Nation Climate Action Summit demonstrates our commitment to mobilize global action; in particular for the peoples in the poorest and most vulnerable countries. We have an obligation to leave no one behind,” Seleshi Bekele (Phd), Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, said.

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In 2019, the Ethiopia government, led by Prime Minster Dr. Abiy Ahmed, launched the ambitious Green Legacy campaign that set a milestone to plant 200 million tree seedlings within 12 hours as integral part of an annual target to plant 4 billion tree seedlings. July 29, 2019 was declared to be Green Legacy day, which aimed to plant 200 million seedlings in a day countrywide by all stakeholders based on the Prime Minister declaration to all Ethiopian citizens, governmental and Non-governmental institutions, Civil and Private organizations, Embassies, Agencies and others. Subsequently, the GGGI Ethiopia country office joined the campaign, with Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) as a key partner on the country’s green growth initiatives, to be part of this historic event. This campaign has shown substantial government dedications towards green development actions, mobilizing stakeholders and forest development initiatives as a country.

Following the Prime Minster national call, a core national technical committee was established and led this campaign to coordinate and ensure tree planting activities across different parts of the country properly and effectively at respective planting sites. Moreover, a national archive and communication center was established to record and communicate planting tallies as they happen on the site through the application of GPS and modern communication technology. National and international medias have recorded and broadcasted the events, which enabled global outreach to demonstrate Ethiopia’s efforts and achievements on tree planting. The core technical team disclosed the outcome that both targets have been met, in which annual achievement has reached more than 4 billion seedlings. It’s also reported that more than 350 million seedlings have been plated on a single day, which was recorded to be the world’s highest tree seedling planting event ever.

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(GGGI/News, 25 May 2018)

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), in partnership with the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and the Government of Rwanda hosted a side event today, under the theme of “Leveraging Climate Finance in Africa,” at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Busan, Republic of Korea. Hyoeun Jenny Kim, GGGI’s Deputy Director General and Head of Green Growth Planning and Implementation opened the side event, making references to GGGI’s track record of mobilizing climate finance into projects globally, with a focus on Africa. Hubert Ruzibiza, CEO of Rwanda’s Green Fund (FONERWA – Rwandan National Environment and Climate Fund) said that climate change is a critical issue that must be addressed before it’s too late. Rwanda is experiencing floods and other natural catastrophes. It’s crucial for ministries to integrate aspects related to environmental sustainability and social inclusion to raise more funding for climate resilience. “The private sector needs to play an important role in climate action. The African Development Bank support African countries to adopt Nationally Determined Contributions and strive for inclusive growth and transition to green growth,” said Anthony Nyong, Director of Climate Change and Green Growth, African Development Bank (AfDB).

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(GGGI/News, 25 May 2018)

The African Development Bank and the Global Green Growth Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday, May 25 on the sidelines of the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings in Busan, to promote programs, projects, joint studies and research activities to accelerate green growth options for African countries. The African Development Bank and GGGI will cooperate in several areas, including conducting a joint study on green growth readiness in Africa and exploring ways to align both organizations’ activities with the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Further, the two organizations will work together to generate synergies in areas, such as the Global Green Growth Institute’s cities programs and the African Development Bank’s initiatives on clean energy, sustainable landscapes, green cities and water and sanitation, with the ultimate goal of strengthening climate resilience in Africa.

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