OBN.Nov.26,2019 – H.E. Mr. Gedu Andargachew today (November26) received and held talks with H.E. Ms. Maymunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat.
The two exchanged views on strengthening the partnership between UN-Habitat and Ethiopia.
The Foreign Minister commended Ms. Maymunah Mohd and UN-Habitat for responding positively to Prime Minister Abiy’s request to assist Ethiopia on the Sheger River Rehabilitation Project.
Mr. Gedu also appreciated the UN-Habitat for extending its assistance to Ethiopia in areas of urban planning, solid waste management, urban resilience and urban monitoring in different parts of the country.
He also urged UN-Habitat to expand its support to Ethiopia in technical and capacity building areas considering the rapid urbanization process taking place in Ethiopia.
Ms. Maymunah Mohd Sharif for her part said UN-Habitat is undertaking activities to modernize cities in Ethiopia so that they can be suitable for living.
She also cited some cities in Ethiopia particularly Bahir Dar, Hawassa, Dire Dawa and Kombolecha, where her organization is running city-development projects currently.
UN-Habitat will focus on cities where Industrial Parks have been built to help reduce air pollution, the Executive Manager added.
The Nairobi-based UN-Habitat runs projects in Ethiopia aiming at developing and promoting socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities.
Source Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.