Addis Ababa, August 21, 2022 (FBC) – Ethiopia-South Sudan Green Legacy initiative, under the theme “Ethiopia-South Sudan Green Legacy 2022”, was held in Bilnyang County, which is in the vicinity of Juba, the Republic of South Sudan.

Ethiopian diplomats in South Sudan, Amb. Birhanu Kebede, Chief of Staff of R-JMEC, Lt. Gen. Asrat Denero, Chairperson of CTSAMVM, Dr. Mesfin Loha, Country Director World Vision International In South Sudan Ethiopian Community members, members of Ethiopian Peace-keeping Forces, Ethiopians working in various international NGOs, as well as a number of South Sudanese have participated in the seedling plantation program.

Ambassador Nebil Mahdi, Ethiopian Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan, stated in his speech, “The Green Legacy Project is one of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s major initiatives. It aims to reduce land degradation while also promoting eco-tourism and combating climate change. Ethiopian civil servants, young and old, including children, are enthusiastically participating in Ethiopia’s Green Legacy culture campaign through dedicated public mobilization.

“Ethiopia is steadfast in cooperating with South Sudan towards the Campaign of Green Legacy in the consideration of environmentally friendly species, as well as sharing best practices in such public mobilizations and mega-project executions, as a result of the historical and intertwined deep relationship between the peoples of both countries,” he added.

Hon. Deng Dau Deng, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of South Sudan, thanked the Ethiopian Community and members of the peacekeeping force for their participation in the tree planting program in his speech. He stated that the planting ceremony will help to strengthen the existing historical ties between the peoples of the two countries. 

The Deputy Minister expressed his country’s interest in sharing Ethiopian experiences, emphasizing the importance of promoting the Ethiopian Green Legacy initiative.

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