Khartoum, Dec. 23 (SUNA)- The Executive Secretary of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, has affirmed the important role of the IGAD Centre of Excellence for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Protection, which was launched in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, today.

Dr. Gebeyehu, addressing the launching ceremony of the centre, explained that the IGAD region and the African Continent at large, are on the frontlines of climate change and disproportionately affected by its negative impact, and this is in spite of making the least contribution to the factors that cause it, noting that the analysis of data by the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) forecasts that the IGAD region is likely to heat up twice as fast as the rest of the world over the next 3 decades.

He added that this would have significant consequences for habitation, migration, health and food security status of the region, not to mention the potential impact on conflict situations.

The Executive Secretary of IGAD hailed this far-sighted initiative led by the Federal Government of Somalia to launch this Centre of Excellence for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Protection.

 “As IGAD we remain fully seized of all matters pertaining to climate change and environmental protection,” he stressed.

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