COP27: PM holds Discussions with Leaders of Several Nations
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COP27: PM holds Discussions with Leaders of Several Nations

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussions with leaders of several countries on bilateral and strategic issues as he attends the UN summit on climate action in Egypt.

More than 100 world leaders including PM Abiy are discussing action to tackle climate change in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Alongside COP27, the PM says he held discussions with leaders of several countries on bilateral and strategic issues.

“I also met with leaders of continental and international organizations to discuss issues of mutual interest,” he said in a tweet.

“Ethiopia shares the global community’s concerns and is determined to contribute to their resolution.”

The 27th annual UN meeting on climate has started the two-week-long negotiations to agree on steps to limit global temperature rises Sunday.

Emissions produced by humans, mostly from burning fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal are often blamed for the warming temperatures.

Global temperatures have risen 1.1C and are heading towards 1.5C, says the UN’s Global Climate report.

If temperatures rise 1.7 to 1.8C above 1850s levels, experts estimate that half the world’s population could be exposed to life-threatening heat and humidity, according to the BBC.

To prevent this, 194 countries signed the Paris Agreement in 2015, pledging to “pursue efforts” to limit global temperature rises to 1.5C.

Speaking at the Summit today, UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned world leaders that humanity faces a stark choice between working together or “collective suicide” in the battle against global warming.

“Humanity has a choice: cooperate or perish,” Guterres told world leaders gathered in Egypt.

“It is either a climate solidarity pact or a collective suicide pact,” he said, urging richer polluting nations to come to the aid of poorer countries least responsible for the emission of heat-trapping gases.