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ETHIOPIA Diplomatic Hub of Africa 

    As a founding member of the Organization of African Unity in 1963, Ethiopia continuously fought for the realization of the objectives of the OAU. It did its level best.

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AU in a Nutshell

Introduction

The advent of the    African Union (AU) can be described as an event of great magnitude in the    institutional evolution of the continent. On 9.9.1999, the Heads of State and    Government of the Organisation of African Unity issued a Declaration (the    Sirte Declaration) calling for the establishment of an African Union, with a    view, inter alia, to accelerating the process of integration in the continent    to enable it play its rightful role in the global economy while addressing    multifaceted social, economic and political problems compounded as they are    by certain negative aspects of globalisation.

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Africa News Highlights

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Addis Ababa, November 15, 2022 (FBC) – in his remarks at the open debate of the UNSC under India’s presidency, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations, Taye Atske Selassie reiterated Ethiopia’s call for the UN organs to allow equal representation of African states.

Ambassador Taye further urged UN organs to facilitate working arrangements free from the vestiges of colonialism and its ancillary practices.

He also shared Ethiopia’s vision for a reformed multilateralism and commitment to timeless principles of the UN Charter on sovereignty, peaceful resolution of disputes and non-use of force.

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Addis Ababa, December 14, 2022 (FBC) – The third Africa Forum on Women Peace and Security (WPS) has kicked off at AU Headquarters, in Addis Ababa, under the theme of “Leveraging on WPS Monitoring to Enhance Women’s Participation and Leadership in Peace Processes in Africa”.

The FDRE President, Sahle-Work Zewde, women who are in high positions in Africa, and women who carried out influential activities in the peace building process attended the opening ceremony of the event.

The Forum aims to reflect on the current strategies of enhancing women participation in peace processes, how to strengthen and support women’s peace building networks, the role of young women and girls in peace and security, .....

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Addis Ababa, December 13, 2022 (FBC) – In a special event under the theme “Africa: The Urgency of a Global Mobilisation” organised by the American Academy of Achievement and the Global Hope Coalition in Washington DC, the FDRE Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, was awarded the ‘Outstanding African Leadership Award’ in recognition of the Green Legacy Initiative.

It is to be recalled that Ethiopia launched the Green Legacy Initiative in 2019 with an ambition of planting 20billion seedlings in a span of four years.

Having exceeded the set goal and fulfilling the four year challenge with 25 billion seedlings planted throughout the country, Ethiopia has been recognised globally for its reforestation efforts and contribution to addressing climate change, the Office ...

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Addis Ababa, December 15, 2022 (FBC) – Africans have all the needed knowledge and expertise to solve their own problems and can depend on each other, Former South Africa Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who was also the member of the high-level panel to the AU-led peace process between the government of Ethiopia and TPLF in Pretoria said.

Member of the AU Panel of the Wise, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka along with Olusegun Obasanjo, AU High Representative for the Horn of Africa, and Uhuru Kenyatta, former President of Kenya, were the high level panel of AU-led Ethiopian peace process that led to the Pretoria peace agreement between the government of Ethiopia and TPLF.

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Addis Ababa, December 13, 2022 (FBC) – A technical validation workshop tasked to conduct feasibility study for the construction of the Ethiopia-Sudan Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) is underway in Khartoum involving participation of experts from both countries and representatives of consulting organizations.

The workshop will continue for the coming two days and its main objective is to review and approve the final phase of the feasibility study and put directives for the next steps.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to Sudan, Yibeltal Aimero stated that the construction of the railway is crucial to bolster bilateral ties and enhance multifaceted cooperation between the two fraternal countries.

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Addis Ababa, December 12, 2022 (FBC) – The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), with the leadership of the FDRE Ministry of Trade and Regional Integration (MoTRI) is set to launch the Amharic translation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement.

It is known that Ethiopia signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement in Kigali on the historic day of 21 March 2018, the Commission recalled.

Exactly a year to the day, on 21 March 2019, the Ethiopian Parliament – the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) – ratified the AfCFTA Agreement, a significant landmark in the long history of Ethiopia, ECA further recalled.

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