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30 November 2020 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, received the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, HE Sahle-Work Zewde, at the Headquarters of the regional organisation in Djibouti today. 

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti, HE Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, and the Minister of Transport of Ethiopia, HE Mrs Dagmawit Moges, were in attendance as well as the Ambassador of Ethiopia to Djibouti and the Ambassador of Djibouti to Ethiopia. 

The President took the opportunity of her two-day official visit to Djibouti to tour the IGAD premises and meet with staff there. 

Dr Workneh welcomed her and said he was honoured to be receiving President Sahle-Work Zewde at the regional bloc headquarters. ‘I am delighted along with my colleagues to be listening to your wisdom during this short ceremony at our conference hall’, he said as he invited her to address IGAD staff. He later expressed his appreciation of the encouragement words the President had for his one year at post at the head of IGAD. 

President Sahle-Work in her short address to IGAD staff did a brief flashback of how the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD) was turned into the current Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) following a revitalisation process that pushed member countries to expand the organisation’s mandate. 

‘IGAD has come a long thanks to the tireless efforts of its member states and staff’, she said. She stressed the need to have a strong regional organisation to be the first respondent to regional issues, before adding that IGAD had played its role in this respect.  

An organisation can only be what its member countries want it to be. The onus is on us, member states, to really give IGAD the means to be like others such ECOWAS, SADC and so on’, she said. The President committed her country’s support to the organisation before congratulating it for the job done in the fight against COVID-19. 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti conducted a vote of thanks during which he thanked President Sahle-Work Zewde for being in Djibouti and visiting IGAD headquarters. He reminded the audience that Dr Workneh was working on reforming IGAD as he had started with his 100-day-plan. ‘IGAD should be the strongest vehicle for regional integration. This organisation under the leadership of Dr Workneh and the support of member states has a bright future’, he concluded. 

 

(October 29, 2020 (Nairobi, Kenya) The Intergovernmental Authority on Development is meeting in Nairobi to formulate its strategy for 2021 to 2025. The meeting, attended by all the divisions, programs, and institutions of the organization, discussed the previous 2016-2020 strategy and the formulation of the strategy and 5-year implementation plan. 

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 I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the government and people of the Republic of Uganda on the occasion of their 58th Independence Day.   

As a founding member of IGAD, Uganda plays a leading role in making our region peaceful and prosperous. 

In these challenging times, Uganda has shown resilience and the power of unity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

I wish happy and healthy Independence Day to the government and people of Uganda.

Dr Workneh Gebeyehu 

IGAD Executive Secretary 

19 September 2020 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, concluded a three-day working visit to Moscow during which he met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mr Sergei Lavrov, on 16 September. 

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In the past few weeks large areas of Sudan, 16 out of 18 of the States in the Republic of Sudan, has experienced the worst floods seen in more than 100 years. According to the report from the Government of Sudan more than 500,000 people have been affected by the floods, over 100 persons lost their lives, and about 100,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged rendering many families homeless.

The Government of the Republic of Sudan has declared a three month state of emergency due to the extensive floods. There is a high probability that the flood conditions will get worse in the coming weeks because of the expected heavy rains. The government of Sudan has appealed to the international community for immediate response to mitigate the effects of the unfolding flood disasters. In view of the seriousness and the magnitude of the effects of the flood disaster, the international community is called upon to respond speedily.

Given the extent of the prevailing flood disaster and the unprecedented wet conditions expected to continue thought the northern parts of the IGAD the region, the capacity of the Government of Sudan has been severally limited to cope with the immediate humanitarian needs. I, therefore, on behalf of IGAD urge partner Governments, humanitarian agencies, international and regional organizations to respond promptly to the appeal made by the Government of The Republic of Sudan.

 

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South Sudan is still grappling with the response and rehabilitation works for an approximately 980,000 flood-disaster victims from the flood events of 2019. Furthermore, the control measures needed to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have placed enormous pressure on the economy of South Sudan especially on the livelihoods of the vulnerable population.

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