UN Secretary-General met with staff in Ethiopia

SG Townhall 29 Jan 2017UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, who was in Ethiopia to address the African Union Summit for the first time since taking office, met with the United Nations staff in the country on 29 January 2017.

In his address to the staff, Mr. Guterres, expressed gratitude to the staff for their hard work to make a difference in the lives of people in need.

“The colleagues are working here under complex circumstances, and I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the courage and extraordinary quality work to help Ethiopians and refugees in the country,” said Mr. Guterres.

The Secretary-General also pointed out that Africa is one of the key priorities of the United Nations. “We should have a different and positive narrative of Africa,” he said.

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, said close to 3000 UN staff members in Ethiopia are contributing to realize the collective vision of the United Nations.

RC Townhall 29 Jan 2017UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa

“Our staff members in Addis Ababa and in the field have worked hard to ensure life-saving relief assistance reached to 10 million drought affected people in 2016-2017,” adds Ms. Eziakonwa.

“Other colleagues, who are focused in development work, are making persistent efforts to ensure the UN support to Ethiopia yields development results that are sustainable, and that they create positive impact on the lives of most vulnerable people we work for.”

While in Addis Ababa, the Secretary-General, also met with the United Nations Country Team in Ethiopia and attended a high level event on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia.