Addis Ababa January 11/2018 UN Environment and WHO have agreed on a new, wide-ranging collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths in a year.
The agreement to step up joint actions to combat air pollution, climate change and antimicrobial resistance as well as coordination on waste and chemicals management, water quality, and food and nutrition issues was signed yesterday in Nairobi.
UN Environment Head Erik Solheim and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom inked the agreement.
This represents the most significant formal agreement on joint action across the spectrum of environment and health issues in over 15 years, WHO press release said.
During the occasion, UN Environment Head Solheim said "There is an urgent need for our two agencies to work more closely together to address the critical threats to environmental sustainability and climate – which are the foundations for life on this planet. This new agreement recognizes that sober reality."
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros on his part noted that "Our health is directly related to the health of the environment we live in. Air, water and chemical hazards kill more than 12.6 million people a year. This must not continue."
According to him, "Most of these deaths occur in developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America where environmental pollution takes its biggest health toll."
The new collaboration creates a more systematic framework for joint research, development of tools and guidance, capacity building, monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals, global and regional partnerships, and support to regional health and environment fora, it was pointed out.
The two agencies will develop a joint work program and hold an annual high-level meeting to evaluate progress and make recommendations for continued collaboration.
Addis Ababa January 11/2018 An international floriculture and horticulture trade fair that involves 120 local and foreign participants will be opened in March, 2018 in Addis Ababa.
The 120 participants of “HORTIFLORA EXPO 2018” are producers, inputs suppliers, consultants, buyers and stakeholders, it was learned.
Alongside the three-day event, business meetings and workshops of stakeholders will be conducted.
Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association Director-General, Tewodros Zewde said over 40 countries participants from Australia, Japan, the United States, South Korea, Europe, Middle East and African countries will take part in the exhibition.
He added that this is a great opportunity to introduce new investment opportunities for international actors.
According to Tewodros, the forum will also focus on expanding Ethiopia's experience, and companies working in the field.
Power outage and lack of integration on the part of stakeholders are among the challenges the industry has been facing, he pointed out.
The industry has grown rapidly and created jobs for many citizens in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is the second leading African flower exporting country, he noted, adding that the association is working closely with the government to exploit the potential of the sector in areas of fruits and vegetables.
Addis Ababa January11/2018 Abu Dhabi-based real estate investment and development company, Eagle Hills, has unveiled its ambition to join the enticing investment sector in Ethiopia, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
During the discussion they held in Abu Dhabi, CEO of Eagle Hills told Foreign Affairs Minister Workneh Gebeyehu that his company is keen to take part in the Ethiopia’s economic success story.
Noting on the tremendous business opportunity in Ethiopia and government’s consistent efforts to harness opportunities, the Minister called on more investors from UAE to garner the untapped business prospect in the country.
According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Eagle Hills has projects under development in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, where the mixed-use mega projects, positively impact on the surrounding communities both from a financial and lifestyle aspect, while supporting local economic growth to surrounding communities.