Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh over the weekend urged regional countries to adopt a development model that brings a balance between the environment and the economy, and also makes them interdependent.
Guelleh was speaking in Djibouti during a regional forum on the risks and opportunities for fighting against climate change in East Africa.
The president said this model will guarantee the survival of humanity in the 21st century which is characterized by scientific innovations that restores the environment and its resources while also exploiting them to achieve sustainable development.
Guelleh urged East African countries to transform their assets into development opportunities so that environmental resources can become integral part of solutions to overcome environmental risks and their dramatic consequences on our societies.
“We need to find a model that promotes regional integration and which places the environment at the center of our societies’ development,” the Djiboutian president added.
He noted that the environmental risks facing our planet do not leave us any choice.
“We either continue with a development model that has destroyed natural resources and the environment, and which has already claimed so many lives, or we adopt a new model that will protect the environment with its resources,” he said.
“Given that the environment is a crossborder thing, we must adopt crossborder policies. This is why we need to unite in the region as well as across the continent to achieve the desired results,” he explained.
The Djiboutian president said his country will propose the creation and the hosting of the Regional Environmental Observatory.
The recommendations of the Djibouti meeting will be presented during the 21st session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in Paris in December. Enditem