Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021

November 16, 2021(DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD ), Dr Workneh Gebeyehu condemns the terrorist attack in Kampala this morning . He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Uganda and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.

The Executive Secretary supports the Government of Uganda in its fight against terrorism within principles of rule of law and respect for human rights.

November 14, 2021 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, congratulates the Government and people of Somalia for the successful completion of the election of the Upper House of parliament.

The Executive Secretary applauds the Somalia leadership, institutions and stakeholders for this important milestone. He encouraged all stakeholders to maintain the same spirit and ensure the election of the Lower House is also concluded without further delay.

The conclusion of the Somali electoral process will afford the Somali people the opportunity to focus on state building, peace building, economic development and stability.


 

 

October 30, 2021 (NAIROBI, Kenya): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, yesterday awarded three young poets and one young film maker who contested during the #IGADForPeace social media that ended mid-November.

The hand over ceremony took place at the Office of the IGAD Head of Mission located within the premises of the Kenya Medical Training College Campus on Karen Road in the presence of the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, the IGAD Special Envoy for the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Somalia, as well as IGAD Divisions Directors and Specialised Institutions.

The awardees for Kenya in the name of Norris Mwavita, Cheboi Wakoli, Troy Roy Njagi and Wakarima Wangui were awarded for their peace poems and peace film.
The Executive Secretary applauded the awardees for their talent and encouraged them to pursue their dreams. “It is a pleasure for me to meet, greet and award young promising talents in poetry and filmmaking in Nairobi today”, he said.

“Youth account for a large majority of our population, and they are the ones most confronted with challenges such as unemployment, violence and drugs. They're the voice for peaceful future we need to hear’, he continued before congratulating them

Similar award ceremonies will be held in the Offices of the IGAD Heads of Mission in other IGAD member countries.


Background

The #IGADForPeace social media campaign started end of July and ended mid-November.
The campaign highlights 5 areas:

  • #IGADin1Minute is a short video programme of the history of IGAD in 3 episodes, as well as shortened pieces of videos produced by IGAD Programmes and Projects in their respective areas;
  • #IGADChampionOfTheWeek is to showcase grassroots participation and involvement in the IGAD Programmes and Projects;
  • #DiscoverIGAD is short videos emanating from member countries Tourism Boards aimed at promoting the region as a tourism destination;
  • #IGADPeacePoems is a call for short poems to be shared by our followers of our social media platforms. These poems are to bring out the beauty and benefits of peace; and
  • #IGADPeaceFilms is a call for short films along the same lines as the peace poems.

 

 

27 October, 2021 (Nairobi Kenya): The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) was officially opened by Kenyan President H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta in Ngong', near the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday. ICPAC is a designated regional climate center by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide climate services and early warnings to 11 Eastern African countries.  

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October 25, 2021 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The IGAD Executive Secretary is alarmed by the current political developments in Sudan and is following the situation very closely.

The Executive Secretary strongly condemns any attempt to undermine the transitional government and urges all parties to exercise utmost restraint.

He further calls for the immediate release of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and all arrested political leaders.

Sudan is the current chair and important founding member of IGAD and the organisation stands ready to support the transitional government of Sudan and the Sudanese people consolidate peace and democratic gains.
 
 
 
 
 

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