GA / ETHOPIA MEKONNEN

24-Sep-2022 00:02:49
Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, told world leaders, “Climate disaster and its insufferable impacts are preventable.” He made an “urgent” call to all states to translate rhetoric into action, adding that “we must realize our climate finance commitments to build resilience and mitigate impact. We should act to meet our emission reduction targets.” UNIFEED
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STORY: GA / ETHOPIA MEKONNEN
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

24 EPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia:
“Climate disaster and its insufferable impacts are preventable. I, therefore, make an urgent call to all states gathered here to translate rhetoric into action. We must realize our climate finance commitments to build resilience and mitigate impact. We should act to meet our emission reduction targets. This requires focused coordination, nonpoliticization, avoidance of securitization, and good faith cooperation among all stakeholders.”
4. Wide shot, General Assembly
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia:
“We thus call for support to our agenda for peace, reconciliation, and reconstruction. We also urge respect for and support to the AU-led peace process. Any other approach, including the politicization of human rights and unilateral coercive measures will not yield any positive outcome.
6. Wide shot, General Assembly
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia:
“I reiterate Ethiopia’s commitment to equity and cooperation in the use of transboundary rivers and shared prosperity with all riparian countries. We will continue in good faith the trilateral negotiation under the auspices of the African Union to reach a mutually acceptable outcome.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia:
“Africa has no permanent seat at the UN Security Council. Our quest for African solutions to African problems is yet to be given the respect and support it deserves. We believe, these considerations underpin the credibility of the Council in the continent. African problems are sustainably addressed when approached in the true context of the region and take full account of the strategic interests and aspirations of the countries concerned. It is only when we do these and uphold regional solutions, we could start reducing the proliferation and over extended stay of African issues in the UN Security Council.”
10. Wide shot, General Assembly
STORYLINE
Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, told world leaders, “Climate disaster and its insufferable impacts are preventable.” He made an “urgent” call to all states to translate rhetoric into action, adding that “we must realize our climate finance commitments to build resilience and mitigate impact. We should act to meet our emission reduction targets.”

Speaking at the high-level debate of the General Assembly today (24 Sep) in New York, the Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Mekonnen reiterated that although climate change and the resulting extreme weather conditions occur throughout the globe, the crisis largely affects the minimally resilient and the least responsible for causing the problem.

A case in point is his region, the Horn of Africa, which in some parts is hit by record-level drought while sustaining extreme flooding in other parts, he said.

The Deputy Prime Minister also said that for the past four years, Ethiopia has made significant progress in its socio-economic development, and democratization. However, these years have also been compounded by challenges.
In November 2020, the most heinous and treasonous attack was waged against the Ethiopian National Defense Forces that protected not only the peace and stability of Ethiopia but also helped keep peace in other countries on behalf of the United Nations and the African Union, he explained.

He said, “We thus call for support to our agenda for peace, reconciliation, and reconstruction,” adding that “we also urge respect for and support to the AU-led peace process. Any other approach, including the politicization of human rights and unilateral coercive measures will not yield any positive outcome.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister also said that the past year has also been a milestone for his country and to the entire Nile River Basin. He commended the work that has been done for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project.

He reiterated Ethiopia’s commitment to “equity and cooperation in the use of transboundary rivers and shared prosperity with all riparian countries,” adding that “we will continue in good faith the trilateral negotiation under the auspices of the African Union to reach a mutually acceptable outcome.”

Deputy Prime Minister Mekonnen pointed out that Africa has no permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

He said, “our quest for African solutions to African problems is yet to be given the respect and support it deserves.”

The Deputy Prime Minister continued, “we believe, these considerations underpin the credibility of the Council in the continent,” adding that “African problems are sustainably addressed when approached in the true context of the region and take full account of the strategic interests and aspirations of the countries concerned.”

He reiterated, “It is only when we do these and uphold regional solutions, we could start reducing the proliferation and over extended stay of African issues in the UN Security Council.”
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