The United Nations in Ethiopia

Photo: © @UN Ethiopia/Getachew Dibaba

Ethiopia is a founding member of the United Nations. The UN System in Ethiopia is one of the largest in the world and covers both development and humanitarian assistance. The UN Country Team (UNCT) in Ethiopia is composed of representatives of 28 UN funds and programmes and specialized agencies.

Some of the UN agencies in the UNCT have regional mandate or act as liaison offices to the UN Economic Commission in Africa and the African Union.  

The UN works through a harmonized assistance framework to support Ethiopia to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and national development priorities. The UN in Ethiopia is also in the process of developing the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework. 



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: