On 29th of August 2022, a 12-member South Korean Delegation led by Ms. Lee Jae Jung, Member of the National Assembly, visited GGGI Ethiopia’s Program Office here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The visiting team was warmly welcomed by Dr. Gemedo Dalle, GGGI Country Representative, and discussed on issues that will strengthen the existing amicable relations between GGGI Ethiopia and the Government of South Korea.
The Delegation included members of National Assembly, Ms. Yun Hsun Hee, WFP Korea Country Director, Mr. Kim Choul, Director of International Cooperation Division under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), Mr. Kang Seokhee, South Korean Ambassador to Ethiopia, and other diplomatic corps.
Dr. Gemedo briefed the Delegation on the strategic goal, operational priorities and programmatic solutions of GGGI. He also told the Delegation about the support that GGGI Ethiopia has been giving to the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) since its establishment in 2012. He added that GGGI Ethiopia has continued to assist the national initiatives being taken by the GoE such as the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that aimed at building low carbon economy.
Following brief introductions about GGGI and support to the GoE, Dr. Gemedo Dalle gave an overall presentation on the environmental and socio-economic impacts of climate change in Africa. He informed the high level delegates that climate change has been affecting the lives and livelihoods of people in all countries with disproportionate negative impacts on those in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) such as Ethiopia.
He presented some figures on how the recent drought in Ethiopia affected the lives and livelihoods of the pastoral communities in Ethiopia including the disproportionate negative impacts on women and girls. Dr. Gemedo called upon all concerned for coordinate climate action at both national and global levels.
At this juncture, Dr. Gemedo praised the people and Government of South Korea for global leadership in climate action and forest restoration. He also pointed out that the Government of the Republic of Korea played a significant role in establishing and hosting the Global Green Growth Institute.
He further lauded the People and Government of South Korea for funding GGGI Ethiopia‘s latest and largest project of KOICA supported “Climate Resilient Forest and Landscape Restoration (CRFLR)” and other projects. After presentation, Dr. Gemedo responded to the questions and comments from the members of the delegation.