Posted by: africanpressorganization | 17 December 2009

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Addresses the COP15 on behalf of Africa





Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Addresses the COP15 on behalf of Africa



COPENHAGEN, Denmark, December 17, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — H.E. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on 16th December 2009, addressed the COP 15 on behalf of the African Union Group, during the high-level segment attended by Heads of State and Heads of Government, in his capacity as the Coordinator of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC).


Prime Minister Meles thanked the Government of Denmark, the participants and the organisers of the COP15. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our overworked and under appreciated experts and ministers who have, through their dedication and hard work, kept the hope of a global treaty on climate change alive”, he said. “Global warming is happening.  The rise of catastrophic climate change is very real.  The science is as clear as it could ever be ……  It is no exaggeration to say that this is our best and perhaps our last chance to save our planet from destructive and unpredictable change”, he added.


Mr. Meles told the Assembly that, this was a test as to whether the global community is able to rise over what he described as “parochial interests to protect our common destiny”.

According to the Prime Minister, Africa is keenly aware of the significance of climate change negotiations, and the Copenhagen Summit.  That is why, for the first time since the establishment of the OAU, Africa has decided to speak with one voice and to field a single negotiating team mandated to negotiate on behalf of all the member states of the African Union. “Every one of us knows that Africa has contributed virtually nothing to global warming but has been hit first and hardest”, he noted.  He descried the fact that, Africa is indeed paying with the misery and death of its people for the wealth and wellbeing that was created in the developed countries through carbon intensive development.


The Prime Minister appealed to the world population to commit themselves in reducing carbon emission so as to adapt to the new circumstances. ” We are here to negotiate, to give and take and seal a fair deal”, he emphasized, adding that, “We are therefore here not as victims of the past  but as stakeholders of the future reaching out across the continents, so that together we can build a better and fairer future for all of us”. (See complete speech of H.E. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on the AU website: ).




African Union Commission (AUC)


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