21 December 2012

Ethiopia: Foreign Minister Meets With UNFPA Executive Director

Dr. Tedros, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund today (December 21st) . Professor Osotimehin offered condolences on the passing of former Prime Minister, Meles before congratulating Dr. Tedros on his new appointment. He described Ethiopia's efforts in the health field as a success story and as an example for the rest of the continent. Dr. Tedros underlined the important role that UNFPA had played in supporting the successful health initiatives that Ethiopia has implemented. Professor Osotimehin expressed his confidence that UNFPA and Ethiopia would continue to collaborate as partners both nationally and internationally, and he urged the Ethiopian government to continue to lead by example in Africa. The Under-Secretary General also congratulated Ethiopia on being selected for national consultations for the post-2015 agenda and on beginning its work. He asked the Government to use its upcoming chairmanship of the African Union Commission to encourage and pursue Africa's position for the post-Millennium Goals' agenda.

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