Ethiopia, UN ink Memorandum of Intent to strengthen OHCHR Regional Office in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, May 5, 2017 (FBC) –Ethiopia and UN have inked a Memorandum of Intent (MoI) to strengthen OHCHR Regional Office in Addis Ababa programs on capacity building for stakeholders across the region, including Ethiopia.

The MoI was inked here yesterday following the discussion held between Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

During the discussion, the two sides exchanged views on ways of establishing closer cooperation with Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

According to MoFA, the two sides have also touched upon the recent report of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Dr. Workneh briefed the Commissioner about the national strides and continuous progresses made in Ethiopia in terms of promoting democratic rule of governance and dealing with related challenges.

He also underscored the need to further work in concert with the UN rights body to enhance areas of democratization and human rights in the country.

“The support from our international partners is helping us in many ways,” Dr Workneh said.

Zeid for his part praised the warm hospitality accorded to him, which he said was what Ethiopia is known for.

Speaking about his stay in Ethiopia, the Commissioner stated the visit was quite a success and commended the openness of the government’s stance and its commitment to transform the country.

He said Ethiopia is an active partner in the United Nations Security Council and one of the leading contributors of troops to the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions.

He underlined OHCHR is looking forward to working closely with Ethiopia in various areas of mutual interest. “Ethiopia is a very important country in a number of areas,” the Commissioner added.

Posted by Amare Asrat