Foreign Minister Joins UN

Mar 9 , 2019

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres named Foreign Affairs Minister Worqneh Gebeyehu (PhD) as director-general of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) on March 8, 2019. Worqneh succeeds Hanna S. Tetteh of Ghana, who served in the position since last July. The position was also previously held by Sahle-Work Zewde for a month last June before her appointment as president of Ethiopia. Established by the General Assembly in 1996, UNON is the UN headquarters in Africa. Worqneh has been serving as Foreign Affairs minister of Ethiopia for the past three years and was a member of the Addis Abeba City Council since 2012, Worqneh previously served as minister of Transport and member of the parliament. Born on July 16, 1968, in Shashemene, Oromia Region State, Workeneh holds bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in political science and international relations from Addis Abeba University and a doctor of philosophy in police science from the Criminal Justice & Police Science Department of the University of South Africa.



A street lamp around Addis Abeba Stadium melds into the concrete backdrop emblematic of the capital's ageing infrastructure. Over the past few years, Ethiopia's electric grid has been subject to destruction and theft, subjecting the public treasury to hundreds of millions in losses. Nearly half of the country's population does not have access to electricity. A series of projects by the World Bank has contributed to the slight but essential upgrade to the nation's grid, including a 500 million do...



A trio of donkeys drag along the main road in front of Menlik School around the Arat Kilo area. While the four-legged domestic animal is a venerated member of the Ethiopian labour force, its skin and meat are increasingly valued in the international markets. Rhong Chang, a donkey slaughterhouse operating in Assela Town, Oromia Regional State reopened its services after a seven-year break two years ago. Public outroar has often accompanied the entrance of donkey abattoirs into Ethiopia since anot...



A bustling market emerges under a bridge in the boroughs of the Bole Michael area. Addis Abeba City Administration has launched a series of aesthetic initiatives embalmed in themes of beautification and urbanisation that have removed thousands of shops built with makeshift tents. Above a quarter of Addis Abeba's labour force is engaged in the informal economy, which while often associated with connotations of illegality, remains a sizeable employer in emerging economies across the world. Calibra...