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Ethiopia outreach event for the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report

Please read the full report from the Ethiopia outreach event here.

CDKN teamed up with the IPCC to bring the key messages of the Fifth Assessment Report to African audiences in Ethiopia.

The aim of the event was to allow leaders in government, and the broader community of academia, business and civil society to engage in meaningful discussions about the implications of the AR5 report for their national context.

The outreach event in Ethiopia was held from 18 to 19 August 2014 in Addis Ababa. The event was hosted by the IPCC, CDKN, the Ethiopia National Meteorological Agency and the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Day One

  • Mr. Fetene Teshome, Director General, National Meteorology Agency (NMA), IPCC Country Focal Point, Government of Ethiopia.
  • Mr. Carl Wesselink, Africa Regional Director, The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).
  • Ms. Emma Williams, Team Leader, Department for International Development (DFID) – Ethiopia.
  • Dr Youba Sokona, IPCC coordinating author–summary presentation on IPCC findings.
  • Dr. Tewolde Berhane Gebre Egziabher, Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of Ethiopia – Welcome address and initial remarks on Ethiopia’s strategic response to climate change.
  • H.E. Mr. Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MOWIE) – Official Opening.

A session on Climate Change Trends, Impacts and Vulnerability was facilitated by Mr. Kinfe Haile Mariam, Director, National Meteorological Agency

  • Prof. Chris Reason, Lead Author, IPCC Working Group I on the physical science of climate change
  • Dr Diriba Korecha, IPCC focal person for Ethiopia
  • Mr. Tesfaye Gissila, Director, National Meteorological Agency

Adaptation and climate resilience: Best practice lessons from Africa was chaired by Dr Girma Balcha, Director, Climate Change Forum Ethiopia.

  • Dr Katharine Mach, IPCC Working Group II, Technical Support Unit
  • Dr Balgis Osman-Elasha, Coordinating Lead Author, Adaptation needs and options, Working Group II
  • Prof. Joseph Hella, Lead Author – Key Economic Sectors and Services, IPCC Working Group II

Ethiopia’s low carbon development opportunities was chaired by Dr Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Environment and Forest.

  • Dr Youba Sokona, Co-Chair, Working Group III
  • Dr Shuaib Lwasa, Lead Author – Human Settlements, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning, Working Group III
  • Mr. Berhanu Solomon, Director, Ministry of Environment and Forest (MEF)

How do we pay for climate action?

  • Dr Mulugeta Mengist Ayalew, Associate Advisor, Prime Minister’s Office (Presenter)
  • Dr Alemu Mekonnen, Researcher, Addis Abeba University / Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) (Presenter)
  • Mr. Shimelis Fekadu, Independent Consultant (Session Facilitator)

Day  Two

Policy and Practice Forum

  • Dr Adugna Woyessa, Director, Ethiopian Health & Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI)
  • Dr Yohannes Gebre-Michael, Addis Ababa University
  • Dr Tadesse Wolde-Mariam, Director, Ethiopia Environment and Coffee Forest Forum

The event also included a group session and time for feedback with recommendations for actions for post-meeting report.

How should Ethiopia respond to the IPCC’s findings? 

  • Mr Fetene Teshome, Director General, NMA
  • Mr. Shimelis Fekadu, Independent Consultant


Claire Mathieson of CDKN Africa reflects on the event and the valuable engagement around the AR5 from government and civil society.



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