Ethiopia

Major General Kefyalew Amde  Tessema Force Commander and Head of Mission

Major General Kefyalew Amde Tessema

Force Commander and Head of Mission

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 15 June 2020 the appointment of Major General Kefyalew Amde Tessema of Ethiopia as Force Commander for the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). 

He succeeds Major General Mehari Zewde Gebremariam of Ethiopia who will complete his assignment on 7 July 2020.  The Secretary-General is grateful for his tireless dedication and effective leadership of UNISFA. 

08 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks to the media at the African Union Summit

[Bilingual as delivered]

08 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the “She Stands for Peace” book launch

Dear Friends,
 
Twenty years ago, thanks to the advocacy of women peacebuilders and particularly those in Africa, the United Nations Security Council adopted the landmark resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
 
This was the first-time women were recognized not only as victims of war but as people with their own agency and expertise, who are valuable assets to findings peaceful solutions to conflict.
 
Since then, there have been nine additional Security Council resolutions on WPS and several African Union instruments have been put in place.

08 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the "Blue Economy" event

I thank the Republic of Seychelles for bringing us together to highlight the importance of – and threats to – the world’s oceans and maritime environments.
 
The world’s oceans are a massive resource for sustainable development and a crucial buffer against climate change. 
 
The Blue Economy has been described as the “new frontier of African Renaissance”, with the potential to create wealth, promote trade, generate economic growth and transform lives.

08 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Remarks at High-Level meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,
 
In 1995, African women made their voices heard during the Beijing World Conference on Women.
 
It was a pivotal moment for global recognition of the rights of women and girls.
 
African women were also instrumental in advocating for the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 on women peace and security two decades ago, which recognised the vital contribution of women to the pursuit of peace and called for their inclusion in all levels of negotiation processes.
 

09 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the 33rd African Union Summit

[English version; scroll down for bilingual as delivered version]

09 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan

The Secretary-General met with President Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan on the margins of the African Union Summit.
 
The Secretary-General stressed the need for continued implementation of the Revitalized Agreement to Resolve the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
 
The Secretary-General assured of the full support of the United Nations to all efforts to bring long term peace and stability to South Sudan. 
 
 

09 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Paul KAGAME, President of Rwanda

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda on the sidelines of the African Union summit.
 
They discussed regional developments. The Secretary-General expressed appreciation for the commitment of Rwanda to Action for Peacekeeping.
 
The Secretary-General commended Rwanda for its contributions and efforts to combat climate change.