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Ministry working to “ensure representation of Ethiopian nationals in International organization.” 

Ethiopian National Representation _ Meles Alem
Meles Alem, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during biweekly briefing on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. (Photo : public domain)


Meles Alem, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, on Wednesday, said that the country is working to ensure that Ethiopia is represented in regional, continental, and international organizations.

His remark during the biweekly briefing rather suggests that he was talking about employment opportunities for Ethiopian nationals in international organizations including the United Nations. 

The spokesperson is quoted,in a news update from the Ministry, as saying “Representation of Ethiopia as a country and through its nationals in these organizations has several advantages, the Spokesperson of the Ministry, H.E. Amb Meles Alem,”  

It was also noted that four Ethiopian nationals have recently joined different United Nations agencies “after competing for the positions.” 

Furthermore, it was indicated that the Ministry led a diplomatic effort in Africa to garner support for the candidates. 

The Ministry did not disclose specifics about the individuals who were offered employment at the United Nations agencies nor their roles. 

In November 2022, Solomon Areda, who was Deputy Chief Justice of the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia, was offered a position with the United Nations as a “half-time judge of the United Nations Dispute Tribunal” His terms of service are set to be for seven years between 2023-2030.

Workeneh Gebeyehu, former police chief and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia became Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) a few years after Abiy Ahmed took power as Prime Minister. 


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  1. Humble Opinion, 20 July 2023
    1st Ethiopia had respectable positions in world-wide international organizations.
    2nd. The attitude of the world for the State of Ethiopia was positive with admiration
    3rd. What happened now? WE ALL KNOW, including international organizations
    4th. Therefore Ethiopia can not blame the world BUT SQUARELY ITSEF. YES, SQUARELY UPON ITSELF
    5th. Skirting around is not going to help.

  2. Excellent idea and commendable. Ethiopia is a country of more than 125 million people and the 11th most populated nation in the world with qualified talent to work at international organizations like the UN and others. You may call it equal opportunity but all it amounts to is fair share of the piece of cake. This is an about time effort. Going back to the 1970’s you would not imagine how I was puffing up with pride to the point of bursting when I heard one of our countrymen presented himself as a candidate for the secretary of the UN. That person was one of the 60 former officials who were savagely butchered by that demon Mengistu.

  3. The modern and civilized nation of Tigray is the source of world class politicians and leaders like the late prime minister Meles Zenawi and World health organization director general Dr. Teodros Adhanom. Moreover, Tigraian scholars are attractive to western universities and many are researching and educating in them. .


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