Secretary-General on Africa

Latest Africa-focused news stories

  • 13 July 2015

    Readout of the Secretary-General's meeting with H. E. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia

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  • 19 June 2015

    Appointment

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    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mbaranga Gasarabwe of Rwanda as his deputy special representative for UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), where she will also serve as UN resident coordinator, humanitarian coordinator and resident representative of UNDP.  Most recently, she served as assistant secretary-general in the Department of Safety and Security at UN Headquarters.  She will succeed David Gressly of the United States. 

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  • 19 June 2015

    Think beyond microfinance when talking about businesswomen

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    As the Third International Financing for Development conference kicks off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa is set to begin implementing its ambitious 50-year development blueprint, Agenda 2063, bringing into focus the issue of how to finance development plans.

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  • 19 June 2015

    For development finance, there is no one-size-fits-all solution

    Language English The United Nations Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is expected to come up with an accord that will define how the global community will mobilize funds to support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this interview with Tim Wall for Africa Renewal, Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Development and the Secretary-General of the Conference, talks about his expectations. 

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  • 19 June 2015

    Funding the planet’s future

    Language English As the Millennium Development Goals expire towards the end of this year, world leaders will gather at the UN headquarters in New York in September to launch the post-2015 development blueprint, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The cost of implementing the SDGs is expected to run into trillions of dollars spanning over 15 years. To address the issue, global leaders are holding a financing for development conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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  • 19 June 2015

    Ethiopia’s development is mostly people-driven

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    In February 2012 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced the appointment of Haddis Tadesse, a US national of Ethiopian descent, as its representative to Ethiopia and to the African Union. It was the Foundation’s first-ever representative to an African country. Recently, Africa Renewal’s Masimba Tafirenyika spoke with Mr. Tadesse in his office in the capital Addis Ababa about the reasons driving Ethiopia’s economic growth.

    Why did the Gates Foundation choose Ethiopia to host its first office in Africa?

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  • 19 June 2015

    The changing face of Ethiopia

    Language English When a severe famine hit Ethiopia 30 years ago, the UN intervened with humanitarian assistance. To raise awareness of the famine, it launched a newsletter, Africa Emergency, which later turned into a magazine renamed Africa Recovery and reporting on Africa’s economic development. Today the magazine – this magazine – is publishing under the name, Africa Renewal. Recently Masimba Tafirenyika visited Ethiopia to see how much has changed since the famine. This is the first of a two-part series on a country in transition.

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