Visit of Kristalina Georgieva and Connie Hedegaard to Ethiopia
On 25 April 2013, Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, and Dacian Cioloş, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, went in Ethiopia. The theme of the visit reflected Resilience building (with emphasis on providing water, animal health, production of fodder and rangeland management) and the impact of climate change with more frequent more intense weather changes.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, on board of an aircraft
||View of the landscape through the window of the plane
||Connie Hedegaard getting off the plane
||Cutaway of the EC Delegation cars
||Connie Hedegaard, Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, and Dacian Cioloş, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, arriving at the livestock treatment and vaccination centre (3 shots)
||Veterinary preparing and administering vaccination (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Dacian Cioloş (in ENGLISH): The fact to empower people locally to manage their capacity to produce and maintain livestock, even in difficult conditions, means less pressure on the humanitarian aid in the crisis situation. And this means also the capacity to prevent crisis. This is also a new orientation of the action of the European Union in this region.
||Veterinary administering vaccination to a camel
||Soundbite by Connie Hedegaard (in ENGLISH): I believe that Europe is among the powers in the world who actually doing the most. But it is clear that here also when you talk to people, you know the urgency. It actually matters when the world as such starts to be really serious about addressing climate change. And the whole point in our joint visit here is to say "you know you should not think agricultural policies here, development policies here, poverty eradication here, access to energy here and then climate". No, the intelligent way forward is to say, how can we find the tools and the development strategies that promote all these things at the same time?
||Cutaway of the landscape
||Cutaway of a sign
||Kristalina Georgieva being shown water pump in operation (2 shots)
||Kristalina Georgieva (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Kristalina Georgieva (in ENGLISH): Commitment to resilience, in other words to help communities withstand repetitive shocks of nature is paramount when we are facing the worst crisis ever, the climate crisis, in places like this. Critical, scale up and extend over time, we are talking about change of the social fabric.
||Departure of the EC Delegation