One UN Newsletter-May-2015

Message from the resident Coordinator


I hope you enjoy the second issue of One UN Ethiopia, a newsletter that will share with our partners and the public, a glimpse some of the UN stories from Ethiopia. 


Ethiopia is an engaging and complex country to work in for the UN. As such, innovation and focus on relevance are always at the top of our agenda as we scale up our intervention to deliver better development results and make the UN fit for purpose. 


2015 is a unique opportunity in time for the global community- transitioning its focus from the Millennium Development Goals to embrace the new development agenda set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the local level, Ethiopia is finalizes its five year development plan in 2015 and charting a new development roadmap for the coming years. The UN is also using 2015 to mark the end of the current United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), which has been in place for the past four years to guide and harmonize the work of the UN in Ethiopia.  


As we usher in the next UNDAF, it is high time for us to reflect on our achievements and the lessons learnt so that we can scale up our policy interventions, technical assistance, capacity building, and service delivery. 


The UN has played a vital role in contributing to sustainable economic growth and risk reduction in Ethiopia through initiatives targetted at improving agricultural production; supporting the mainstreaming of CRGE into agricultural policies; encouraging the development of small and medium-sized enterprises; ensuring easy and improved access to the use of quality health, education,  nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services.


Our flagship Joint Programmes have focused our support in the areas of gender, maternal health and the Developing Regional States (DRS). The work we have done to harmonize our operations has also greatly enhanced the effectiveness and efficiency of our interventions.  


In October 2015 we will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. This global event, is even more poignant for us here in Ethiopia, a country that is one of the founding members of the UN.  I believe the UN at 70 celebration reminds us to recommit ourselves to fully support Ethiopia to address development and humanitarian challenges that the country faces.