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The IGAD Executive Secretary, Ambassador Mahboub Maalim together with his Senior Humanitarian Advisor attended the Global Consultation of the World Humanitarian Summit in Geneva from 13-16 October.

The Executive Secretary also had meetings on the sidelines with the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, H.E. Stephen O’Brien and discussed the IGAD-OCHA partnership and ways of furthering this partnership. He extended invitation to Mr. O’Brien to visit IGAD Secretariat in Djibouti.

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Djibouti, 11-10-2015: The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), HE Ambassador (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim, and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti, Mr. Mohamed Ali Hassan, this morning opened a validation workshop of the IGAD State of the Region Report in the presence of Mr. Berhane Fisseha, IGAD Focal Point for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, and the Ambassador of the Sudan to Djibouti.

This five-day workshop is the final touch to the process of the Formulation of the IGAD Regional strategy and Implementation Plan 2016-2010 that started 13 months ago with baseline studies at national level on IGAD priority sectors, according to IGAD Planning and Coordination Programme Manager, Mr. Ahmed Y. Habbane.

To the Executive Secretary of IGAD, the process of the formulation of the IGAD 2016-2020 plan is important for the sake of an objective planning built on a comprehensive document that looks at the current dynamics inside and outside the region.

“This formulation process that consists in building on baseline studies at national has the merit to be more precise, more technical, and more comprehensive”, Ambassador Maalim highlighted in his opening remarks.

After looking into in-country situations around thematic areas or priority sectors such as Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Regional Cooperation and Integration, Peace and Security, Social Development, Gender Affairs, “we started with national-level reports by priority sector that we then compressed into a regional document”,  he continued.

And the formulation process as whole is following this logic of compression of sector data from member states into one overarching IGAD Strategy and Implementation Plan 2016-2020.

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti, Mr. Mohamed Ali, highlighted the need for the “formulation of a results-oriented and realistic strategy which is aiming at a new impulse”.

“I am convinced that this meeting starting today is a golden opportunity that will enable us to discuss all together about our next strategy in view of achieving a sustainable integration at the service of our populations”, he said.

He continued that, while not turning a blind eye to the threats in the region, the final document should also reflect on the diplomatic efforts at regional level towards peace, security and regional integration.

He then officially opened the validation workshop of the IGAD State of the Region Report.


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IGAD Stands by AMISOM, Against Terror

Djibouti, Wednesday 02 August 2015: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) condemns the terrorist attack perpetrated yesterday against the African Union peace-keeping forces in Janale, South of Mogadishu.

“Our condolences go to the families of those brave peace-keepers of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) who fell for the purpose of keeping Somalia and the IGAD region terror-free”: the Executive Secretary of IGAD, HE Ambassador Mahboub Maalim.

Ambassador Maalim reiterates IGAD commitment to stand by AMISOM, and all countries contributing to it, in its quest for a stable and strong Somalia. Ambassador Maalim praises the courage and dedication of the women and men in an AMISOM or Somali uniform for the fight against extremists’ violence and terror.



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