Addis Ababa October 04/2017 A two-day meeting that raises fund for sustainability activities in about 140 countries, including Ethiopia, through the Global Environment Facility is underway here in Addis Ababa.
Some 150 representatives of 40 countries are taking part in the meeting, it was learned.
In his opening speech, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Gemedo Dale said the unsustainable utilization of natural resources and eco-system degradation contribute to conflicts and displacement of people, including migrations.
National governments need to therefore develop and implement strategies and projects that include the three objectives of sustainable development, namely economic growth, environmental protection, and social progress, he added.
Global Environment Facility advisor to the CEO, Claus Astrup on his part noted that all the funding should go within the context of a sort of development.
According to the advisor, that is why GEF donates a big deal of money to biological diversity, combating desertification, tackling climate change, and mercury issues along with persistent organic pollutants.
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change State Minister Kare Chawicha said the meeting, through its fund-raising scheme, is destined towards minimizing disasters that human beings suffer from.
Global Environment Facility is an international organization composed of 183 countries and makes donations available to member countries, particularly recipient countries.