The Sustainable Development Goals in Ethiopia
The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. These are the goals the UN is working on in Ethiopia:
30 December 2021
Ethiopia Humanitarian Country Team visits IDPs, humanitarian response in Afar
The visit aims to reach out and engage with Afar regional leadership and community leaders on the humanitarian situation, get first-hand update on the humanitarian situation in Afar- including needs on ground and on-going response and explore ways of scaling up the response to support the regional Government in addressing humanitarian needs in the region. According to the Disaster Prevention and Food Security Programme Coordination Office (DPFSPCO), more than 1.3 million people are directly or indirectly affected by the conflict and over 376,000 persons are displaced in the region. During the visit, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Dr. Catherine Sozi, discussed with Afar Region President Awol Arba on the humanitarian situation in the region and the UN and partners' response to address the substantial unmet needs. Dr. Sozi together with the Ethiopia Humanitarian Country Team also discussed with community leaders on scaling up the humanitarian assistance in Afar to reach people in need and ensuring continued access to deliver humanitarian commodities to Tigray. The community leaders expressed their commitment to continue to facilitate humanitarian operations to affected civilians in Tigray via Semera corridor. However, they expressed their concern that the people affected by the conflict in Afar region, which serves as a transit for humanitarian cargo to Tigray, have not received adequate humanitarian support. Similarly, officials of Afar region noted that the region has already been vulnerable to a number of natural disasters and the conflict has exacerbated the suffering of the people in the region. In Afar, the EHCT visited the internally displaced people (IDPs) and activities of the UN and partners to meet the humanitarian needs of conflict affected people in two IDPs sites – Wake50 and Waranso. Over 54,000 IDPs are sheltered in Wake50 and Waranso IDP sites while the majority of the IDPs in the host community are living in Mille town. Initial priority needs of the displaced population include emergency food, water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH), emergency shelter, non-food items, primary health care services, nutrition, protection and livelihood opportunities. UN and partners’ response The UN and partners have provided humanitarian assistance to the conflict affected areas in the region. WFP is targeting 534,000 food insecure people in 14 woredas. So far 129,370 beneficiaries (24%) have received food in four woredas. Islamic Relief distributed 1,800 quintals of wheat flour; 18,000 liters of cooking oil and standard non-food items (NFIs) to 2400 households in Wake 50IDPs site in Chifra. AMREF distributed 200 quintals of wheat flour, 400 litres of cooking oil to 400 households in Asbolo-Waranso Hurmati IDP site in Mille. As to health and nutrition support, UNICEF provided funding for capacity building of health professionals on Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) management, mass mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) screening for children and pregnant and lactating women (PLW), last-mile transport support to the woredas, food for caretakers, and coordination. WFP has provided blanket supplementary feeding to nearly 78,000 (nearly 60,000 children under 5 and 18,000 pregnant and lactating women) in seven conflict-affected woredas and targeted supplementary feeding to nearly 100,000 people. There is an urgent need for water trucking and overhaul of the water system in all the IDP sites and host communities in two most affected zones of the region. In November, UNICEF and its partners reached 104,901 people through emergency water supply including water trucking and repairs/maintenance of durable water supply schemes. Also, UNICEF, through the Regional Water Bureau (RWB) and Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA) distributed critical lifesaving WASH supplies to over 95,000 IDPs and conflict affected people. Similarly, hygiene promotion activities are ongoing in IDP sites and rural kebeles of Teru, Awura, Ewa, Chifra and Dubti for over 73,000 people through APDA. UNICEF also deployed 30 Mobile Health and Nutrition Teams currently providing lifesaving services and medical consultations including severe acute malnutrition (SAM) treatment integrated with infant and young children feeding (IYCF) and micronutrient supplementation in the affected locations. The two main coordination platforms in the Afar region include the Government-led Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) and OCHA-led Inter-Cluster Coordination Group (ICCG). An access working group has also been activated in Semera for partners to discuss access related issues. The Ethiopia Humanitarian Country Team also discussed with representatives of local and international NGOs operating in Afar in order to strengthen coordination and partnership in providing humanitarian assistance to the conflict affected people. EHCT also pointed out the need to strengthen partnership with local NGOs and their access to humanitarian funds. After visiting the projects and meeting with representatives of partners and governments, EHCT underscored the need to mobilize more resources to scale up response in the region to address the needs - especially needs of IDPs and host community, including recovery, rehabilitation, and livelihoods. EHCT also underlined the need to enhance coordination among all actors, on emergency relief, emergency rehabilitation, resilience/recovery for life saving and durable solutions.
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30 November 2021
Ethiopia kicks off 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign
The UN in Ethiopia in partnership with the Government of Ethiopia and other stakeholders launched 16 days of activism campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV) under the theme “Orange the world- End Violence against women and girls now!”. Speaking at the event, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, called for relentless efforts of all stakeholders to address GBV in Ethiopia. “As we launch the 16 days GBV activism this year, our situation and particularly the context we are in requires a 24/7 approach to address GBV. These days women and girls become the victims of warrying parties,” President Sahle-Work said. “We need to openly speak up loudly, make efforts and systems sustainable in addressing GBV,” added the President. Ms. Letty Chiwara, UN Women Representative to Ethiopia, UN Economic Commission for Africa and African Union, noted that women are more susceptible to sexual and gender-based violence when social structures are eroded by conflict, and they are especially vulnerable during migration and displacement. “Generally, humanitarian emergencies deepen pre-existing gender inequalities, leading to increased discrimination, greater exclusion, and disproportionate risks for women and girls,” Ms. Chiwara said. Despite the multiple roles’ women play everywhere they haven’t received the recognition, the protection, and the services they deserve particularly they are suffering from the threat of GBV every time. “Let peace prevail now end violence against women and girls now,” said H.E. Ergogie Tesfaye, (PhD) Minister of Women and Social Affairs, who also repeated the national theme for this year’s 16 days of activism campaign against GBV. “In the current context of the country, we have been hearing the worst forms of GBV being committed against women and girls with a deep and life-long consequences on their physical, sexual and pyscho-social wellbeing requiring a concerted multisectoral rehabilitation effort,” the Minister said. In her remarks to the official launch, Ms. Sarah Masale, UNFPA Office In Charge, called for addressing digital violence which is devastatingly rampant. “Digital violence takes many forms. Perpetrators may threaten and stalk women online,” she said. “They may, without permission, attach pictures of women’s and girls’ faces to sexualized bodies and share them widely over social media, for years. Vicious online campaigns of hate speech and abuse target women with public roles, such as politicians and journalists as well as women’s rights activists.” Ms Masale also called on all stakeholders to take concrete action to stop digital violence by making relentless efforts to define and measure it as well as understanding its forms, impact and ways to respond to and prevent it. Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is one of the most systematic and widespread violations of human rights globally. It may occur against any woman or girl regardless of nationality, age, or socio-economic status. About 1 in 3 (30 percent) of women worldwide have been subjected to either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. Nevertheless, stigma and sensitivity around disclosure throughout the world means that VAWG is almost universally under-reported. According to Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey (2016), nearly a quarter (23 percent) of women aged 15-49 reported having survived physical violence at some point in their lives, and 10 per cent reported experiencing sexual violence. This year marks 30 years of the annual 16 Days of Activism on Gender-Based Violence. Since the Campaign’s launch in 1991 by the Center for Global Women’s Leadership, there has been significant attention to raising the visibility of the various forms of violence faced by women and girls in their diverse identities and throughout the course of their lives. The national event attended by the high-level ministers and H.E. the president also saw the launch of the National Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) for shelter services to women and girls’ survivors of violence in Ethiopia. The SoP was supported by UN Women and UNFPA under the leadership of MoWSA. A high-level policy dialogue held under the theme “Experiences and lessons in provision of essential services for women and girls’ survivors of violence” was also part of the opening event. Panellists for the dialogue include H.E Meaza Ashenafi, President of the Federal Supreme Court, H.E Liya Kebede, Minister of Health, H.E Dr. Ergoge Tesfaye, Minister of Women and Social Affairs, H.E Meskerem Gesit, Commissioner for Women and Children’s Rights at the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, H.E Fekadu Tsega, State Minister of Justice and H.E Mr. Jima Dilbo, Director General of the Ethiopia Agency for Civil Society Organisations.
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09 November 2021
UN leadership in Ethiopia visits IDPs in Amhara Region
Senior UN officials in Ethiopia, including the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Dr. Catherine Sozi, the World Food Programme Country Director, Dr. Steven Were Omamo, and the OCHA Head of Office, Sarah Hilding, visited IDP sites in Amhara region and held discussions with the leadership of Amhara Region on 7 November 2021. In Bahir Dar, capital of Amhara Region, the UN officials held constructive discussions with the Amhara Regional President to identify means of improving humanitarian access and flow of aid to people in need in Amhara region, including those newly affected by the conflict. During the discussion, President of Amhara Region, Dr. Yilikal Kefale, called for scaling up humanitarian assistance to Internally Displaced Persons in Amhara region. Noting the growing humanitarian needs in the Northern Ethiopia including Amhara Region, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Dr. Catherine Sozi, mentioned the challenges facing humanitarian agencies in getting aid to communities most in need. “While humanitarian needs increase and grow more severe in the country, the humanitarian community faces significant difficulty in getting aid to communities most in need,” Dr. Sozi said. In a site for internally displaced persons in Amhara, the UN delegation met many women, one of whom shared her fear of the future, having been displaced three times with her children due to fighting in the past month. In Amhara, over 700,000 people have been displaced by the conflict so far and a million people are in urgent need of food assistance, according to the National Disaster Risk Management Commission. WFP is working with Federal and Amhara Regional authorities to continue delivering emergency food assistance – and has reached 213,000 food insecure people displaced by conflict so far across seven districts. In the next round it aims to reach 440,000 people. “The needs are increasing exponentially across the three northern regions but we know there has been a very sharp increase of people displaced in Amhara – all authorities must facilitate access to the most affected populations so we can reach them with lifesaving food and nutrition assistance,” said Dr. Steven Were Omamo, WFP Ethiopia Country Director. The funding gap for the humanitarian response in Ethiopia for 2021 stands at more than US$1.3 billion. An estimated $606 million has been mobilized for response towards the Northern Ethiopia Response Plan, and $474 million for response towards the draft Humanitarian Response Plan, which covers areas outside Tigray. However, this is far from sufficient to cover the mounting humanitarian needs across the country.
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31 October 2021
UN Day colourfully celebrated in Ethiopia
The United Nations Day was colourfully celebrated in Addis Ababa in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, H.E. Demeke Mekonnen, the United Nations team, representatives of the Africa Union, diplomatic community and young people in the country. During the ceremony held at the UNECA compound, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Ms. Vera Songwe, delivered the message of the UN Secretary-General on the UN Day. “The values that have powered the UN Charter for the last 76 years — peace, development, human rights, and opportunity for all — have no expiry date,” said Ms. Songwe. “As we mark UN Day, let’s unite behind these ideals, and live up to the full promise, potential and hope of the United Nations.” Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, H.E. Demeke Mekonnen, said, “The United Nations is the only global umbrella organisation through which we collectively chart our common destiny in the increasingly inter-related world.” “In a world where individualised power and isolated prosperity is proven impossible, the UN will continue to enjoy our allegiance and support. Collective security and multilateralism are critical pillars of Ethiopia’s foreign policy. We have seen, both the good and bad days on the multilateral forum. We also have the great honour of hosting the Economic Commission for Africa and several UN agencies in our capital.” The event also saw students who delivered messages on the five Ps of SDGS – People, Peace, Prosperity, Planet and Partnership - and called on the UN, member states, donors and partners to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter.
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14 October 2021
4th African Youth SDGs Summit
The African Youth SDGs Summit is a pan-African forum that connects the youth in Africa to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to empower them to contribute actively its implementation, monitoring and accountability. The Summit will involve youth leaders, youth organizations, civil society, national governments, the UNSystem, academia and the private sector in SDGs implementation, monitoring and accountability, and subsequently draw out interlinkages not only across the 2030 Agenda, but also to the agenda 2063 and other frameworks through capacity-building workshops. The 4th African Youth SDGs Summit is supported by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopian Planning and Development, UNFPA Ethiopia, IPPF Africa Regional Office, UN Economic Commission for Africa, UNDP Ethiopia, Plan International Ethiopia among others. Interested individuals and institutions are invited to submit their applications using the links below: To participate as a delegate please register here: https://youthsdgssummit.org/register/ To host side events please register here: https://youthsdgssummit.org/eventproposals/ To be considered as a speaker, please register here: https://youthsdgssummit.org/speakers/ To sponsor and partner, please register here: https://youthsdgssummit.org/partner/
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