Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeke Mekonnen, spoke from the podium of the 76th Ordinary Session of the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of Ethiopia with issues and views also related to the global and African issue of concern.
The content of his speech, praised by many leaders and delegates from Africa and elsewhere, among other things, addressed the state of the fight against COVID-19 in which he commented on the prevailing national vaccine stating that “it is clear that science can only serve humanity if it is Good faith and rationality guide policy. Unfortunately, Africa, with its meager vaccination rate, is left waiting for drops of others’ surplus due to vaccine nationalism.”
He also stressed the importance of curbing the impending catastrophe of climate change and notably noted that “global warming is the most worrying driver of poverty. Agrarian and pastoral societies and economies like ours with these livelihoods face an existential challenge to the effects of climate change. They destroy arable land and biodiversity and thus disrupt Our diet.”
Notably, Ethiopia conducted three rounds of a national greening program that helped increase the country’s forest coverage to 17%.
The Deputy Prime Minister focused intensely on the importance and significance of pluralism, saying that “Multilateralism stands on the shoulders of states that ably maintain their sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence. Pluralism will only achieve its goal if states are able and free to manage their internal and external affairs.
In fact, our human aspirations are inherently similar. However, our views that are underpinned by our diversity of culture, history, and social and economic reality will not always be perfectly compatible.”
Among other things, the Deputy Prime Minister briefed members of the UN General Assembly on the main objectives of Ethiopia’s three-year-old national reform program that “overturned a complex web of corruption, illicit political power and illicit financial flows – which has been pinned at the cost of national interest and damage.” regional peace.”
The reform, however, was not without challenges. Like any other democracy, our democratic process is an attempt to find a balance between stability and turmoil. He added that groups that consider equality as subjugation in Ethiopia are doing their best to create and prolong chaos.
He commended the concerted efforts of the government in providing humanitarian relief aid to the needy in Tigray while “the criminal enterprise and its aides created and disseminated horrific images of fake incidents. As if the real misery of our people was not enough… they were created to match facts but preconceived stereotypical attitudes.” is don.
He noted that dialogue has always been our preferred course of action. Accordingly, Ethiopia is open to explicit initiatives for peace. “In this regard, we will work with the African Union and the High Representative of the Horn of Africa for a national dialogue led by Ethiopia,” he explained.
He also informed the attendees of the successful conclusion of the sixth national elections in Ethiopia which were conducted in a fair, credible and democratic manner.
In his speech, he stressed Ethiopia’s natural and legitimate use of the Nile water through the construction of the Renaissance Dam in a way that achieves justice and cooperative exploitation of water resources in a fair and beneficial manner.
Finally, he referred to the end of the Ethiopian peacekeeping mission in Darfur and Abyei, and wished that the two countries would work together to bring peace to the mentioned areas.
In his speech, he mentioned the importance of establishing regional economic cooperation and continental development programs as a tool for liberating African countries from aid from other countries.
It is worth noting that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been highly involved in shuttle diplomacy geared towards mobilizing a number of East and West African leaders towards African economic cooperation and integration to make African nations more economically self-reliant. Resources.
Ethiopia used the forum created at the 76th Summit of the United Nations General Assembly to express Ethiopia’s position on major national, regional and global issues.
The Ethiopian delegation succeeded in carrying out other diplomatic activities with the aim of informing the international community of the facts in Ethiopia, and the government’s efforts to deal with the existing challenges.
The Ethiopia mission led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen met and discussed with several senior government officials and heads of international organizations. As Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ambassador Dina Mufti explained, “We have learned from the deliberations that peace and stability as well as Ethiopia’s sovereignty are among the concerns of international partners and they have indicated their willingness to expand the humanitarian response to Amhara. Afar states.”