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September 20, 2022, (NEW YORK, U.S.A): IGAD Executive Secretary, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Arrives in New York for the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77).

The Executive Secretary, leading a delegation of IGAD directors and Programme managers, will meet Strategic partners, high-ranking officials from the U.N., Government representatives, and other institution heads to deliberate on matters of mutual interest.

Accompanying the IGAD Executive Secretary are:

  • Director of Peace and Security Division
  • Director of IGAD Climate Change and Prediction Centre
  • IGAD Head of Mission to South Sudan
  • Director of IGAD Centre of Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (ICEPCVE)
  • and Director of Planning, Partnerships, and Coordination.

This year’s theme, “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.” as coined by the U.N., stems from the recognition that the world is at a critical moment in history due to complex and interconnected crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, humanitarian challenges of unprecedented nature, a tipping point in climate change as well as growing concerns about threats to the global economy.

The IGAD mission to UNGA 77 aspires to find and focus on shared concerns regarding the Persistent Drought, Humanitarian Situation, Economic Fragility, and Regional Security to build a more sustainable and resilient region for all and future generations.

The delegation will be in New York from the 20th to the 25th of September, 2022.


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