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April 8, 2020 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, today organised a video teleconference for the Ministers of Health of the Member States meant to follow up on the recommendations by the IGAD Heads of State and Government Summit on COVID-19 held on March 30, and decide on actions to be taken in a collective and collaborative manner so as to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate the impact of the outbreak in the region.

It is in this respect that the Deputy Minister of Health of Sudan-H.E. Sarah Abdelazem Hassana, chaired the video teleconference meeting which brought together H.E. Mohamed Warsama Dirieh-Minister of Health of Djibouti, the Minister of Health of Kenya-Hon. Mutahi Kagwe, the Minister of Health of Somalia-H.E. Fowsiya Nur, the Minister of Health of South Sudan-Hon. Elizabeth Acuei Yor, and the State Minister of Health for Primary Care of Uganda- Hon. Dr. Joyce Moriku.

On the basis of the guiding principle that ‘no country is safe until every country is safe’, the Ministers discussed ways and means to operationalise the outcomes of the IGAD Summit of March 30, including the development of an IGAD Regional Response Strategy for COVID-19, the establishment of an Emergency Fund for COVID-19 and other disease outbreaks; and the strengthening the national response systems.

The Deputy Minister of Health of Sudan appreciated ‘the swift action taken by all the IGAD Heads of State and Government to contain and combat the spread of the Corona Virus’. On behalf of the Minister of Health of Sudan and Chair of the IGAD Health Ministerial Committee, H.E. Dr. Akram Ali Eltom, she communicated Sudan commitment to mobilise domestic resources in the struggle against the Corona Virus. She urged the IGAD Secretariat to expedite the process of dispatching response teams across member states and to facilitate coordinated partnership.

The Executive Secretary recalled the focus of the meeting which was to discuss the current needs of Member States and to collaboratively ‘combat the Coronavirus and provide projections of the urgently needed infrastructural, technical and material capacity for the duration of the outbreak’ via a comprehensive regional response strategy to address the COVID-19.

 

He also reiterated his call for protection against the pandemic for vulnerable populations such the Internally Displaced Persons, the refugees and the migrants in the region.

 Following their deliberations, a Call for Action document was released at the closure of the meeting. Among other major items on the programme, the Ministers

  • endorsed the outlines of a Regional Response Plan (RRP) to combat COVID-19 pandemic presented by the IGAD Secretariat;
  • established a regional taskforce of experts to coordinate and monitor the regional response to COVID-19 and other similar outbreaks; and
  • tasked the IGAD Secretariat with the operationalisation of a regional Emergency Fund for COVID-19 and other disease outbreaks.

 A video teleconference meeting of the Ministers of Finance of IGAD member States is to follow tomorrow April 9 so as to further look into the regional emergency fund for disease control and prevention, specifically.

05 March 2020, DJIBOUTI (Djibouti): The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) joins its Member States of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda; Other Regional Economic Communities; The African Union; The United Nations and other regional and international organisations on the occasion to mark the International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8th March 2020.

On this day, H.E Dr Workneh Gebeheyu, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development congratulates all women in IGAD Region, Africa and Internationally for reaching yet another milestone in the quest for a world that is fair to all; a world where women and men and boys and girls are treated equally with dignity and respect; a world free from gender based violence; a world of equal opportunity for all, without discrimination on grounds of sex or any other social standing.

The IGAD Secretariat acknowledges the pivotal role that women play in the socio-economic and political transformation of the region. Women are key pillars of building resilience to natural and human induced hazards, peace building and conflict resolution, wealth creation and economic integration, food security and improved health among others. This important role is yet to be fully appreciated, harnessed, strengthened or rewarded. The attendant gender inequalities in asset ownership, education and health outcomes constrain our collective efforts to turn our economies into more productive and prosperous middle-income status in the region.

In commemorating International Women’s Day 2020, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action; the end of the African Women’s Decade (2010-2020); the 20th Anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security; and the five-year milestone for delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (2015).

 

In line with the UN Global Theme “I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights”, IGAD Secretariat will use this occasion to recommit and strengthen our resolve and momentum towards protection, promotion and fulfilment of women’s rights through our measures addressing peace, prosperity and regional integration. We shall deepen our work in enhancing the resilience of women in drought prone areas of the region; increasing attention to women and girls on the move (migration) and displaced women (refugees and internally displaced); strengthen attention to women’s land rights; strengthen women’s participation in peace building and conflict resolution through mediation and advocacy work by the IGAD Women, Peace and Security Forum among others.

H.E Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu commends Member States and Partners for their efforts towards empowering women and girls in the region. He further pledges to strengthen regional cooperation in addressing shared challenges in this realm, guided by agreed regional and international normative principles and standards on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

At a meeting today in Khartoum between the Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HRVP), Josep Borrell Fontelles, and Ministers of IGAD Member States noted the transition in Ethiopia and rapprochement with Eritrea is a step in the right direction. The meeting also welcomed the formation of the transitional government in Sudan and expressed the hope that process would continue to be inclusive and that the gains made so would be further consolidated. They also indicated that new initiatives on the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden offer unparalleled opportunities for economic integration and conflict resolution. 

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MOGADISHU (18th February 2020): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) successfully concluded the 4th National Consultations on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in Mogadishu from 16th to 17th February 2020. The consultation was convened in line with the resolution of the 2nd meeting of the IGAD Task Force[1] on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden which was held in Djibouti from 15th to 18th September 2019.

The official opening of the national consultation was presided over by H.E Ambassador Balal Mohamed, Special Presidential Envoy for Horn of Africa, Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Ambassador Balal lauded the IGAD initiative and in particular the ongoing national consultation in the member states. While acknowledging the opportunities, threats, risks and challenges in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, Ambassador Balal, called on IGAD to adopt a collective approach, formulate shared norms, common goals and coordination by strengthening regional cooperation.

The national consultation will be held in all the IGAD member states with a goal of enriching a regional plan of action and build a momentum towards a common IGAD position on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

Feb 4, 2020 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today successfully accomplished the 3rd National Consultations on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden held in Djibouti from 3rd - 4th February 2020. The consultation was convened in line with the resolution of the 2nd meeting of the IGAD Task Force[1] on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden which was held in Djibouti from 15th to 18th September 2019.

The official opening was presided over by H.E Ali Mirah Chehem, Director of Maritime Authority. H.E Ali Mirah, in his remark expressed the commitment of Djibouti to participate actively in implementing the IGAD’s resolution on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The consultation was marked by proactive participation of a broad spectrum of stakeholders.

The national consultation will be held in all the IGAD member states with a goal of enriching a regional plan of action and build a momentum towards a common IGAD position on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

An IGAD Task Force was established in line with the 46th IGAD Council of Ministers Resolution made on the 27th of February 2019. The Task Force is mandated to harmonize and develop an IGAD Common Position and Chart out a Regional Plan of Action to protect the security and economic interest of the region.

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