Roundup: Global Green Growth Week underscores unlocking Africa’s green growth potential

ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) — Policy makers and experts, who have gathered in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa as part of the Global Green Growth Week 2017, emphasized the need to unlock Africa’s green growth potential.

The Global Green Growth Week 2017, underway in Ethiopia’s capital under the theme “Unlocking Africa’s Green Growth Potential,” has brought together over 500 ministers, investors and decision makers, among others to catalyze creative solutions for transformational green growth in the African continent.

The four-day event, starting from Tuesday, particularly revolved around achieving nationally determined contributions to the Paris Agreement and making progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Participants of the event have discussed on various issues that include mobilizing green/climate finance to bankable projects in developing countries; sustainably managing resources to address water and food security challenges; and developing and adopting policies that drive environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economic growth are agendas of the meeting.

Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, emphasized Ethiopia’s strong and long-standing support and advocacy for the green growth agenda in line with tackling the threats of climate change.

Mekonnen, who stressed Ethiopia’s strong support and endorsing the issues of Global Green Growth as the mainstream policy, said that poverty is the

major factor that entails adverse situations to the integrity and well-being of environment.

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