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.


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