Africa Center of Excellence for Water Management Organizes a Workshop

Addis Ababa University (AAU) the Africa Center of Excellence for Water Management (ACEWM) organized a one day workshop at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Gurd Shola, on the 26th of January 2023.

Professor Abebe Getahun in his welcoming speech indicated that the rationale for establishing of ACEWM was the need for the development of highly skilled human resources capable of handling more complex water management problems in a holistic, integrated and transformative approach.

According to Prof. Abebe, the very objective of the workshop was launching the Agenda’s of Ethiopian Climate Change Working Group (ECCWG).

Professor Feleke Zewge, the incumbent chairperson of the working group (ECCWG), presented the objectives and the visionary overviews of ECCWG, and officially declared the establishment and the inaugural of the Group.

ECCWG intends to fight climate change threats, leverage opportunities, work in cooperation with different groups like Natural Resource Management, Resource Mobilization and Management, Water and Energy, Agriculture and Food Security, etc. to combat climate change in Ethiopia and globally as well, as Prof. Feleke stated.

Zewdu Eshetu (PhD), presented a plenary discussion on climate change and its global as well as regional challenges. ECCWGs will be guided by rules and regulation of AAU/ACEWM to manage all intended activities towards tackling climate change challenges, he added.

Dr. Zewdu’s presentation was followed by questions, comments and warmer discussion among participants in the Workshop where a number of governmental, nongovernmental and other concerned bodies participated.

As stated in the Workshop, ACEWM is a regional Center for Eastern and Southern Africa for post graduate education, research and public engagement, established under Addis Ababa University in 2016.

Source: Addis Ababa University

Addis Ababa University Finished Preparation to Welcome all Interested Applicants who Passed the 2015 Grade 12 National Exam

Addis Ababa University is pleased to announce its Bachelor’s Degree programs for eligible applicants as per the NEAEA 12th grade result cutoff points. All applicants will get the necessary dormitory and cafeteria services among others. AAU is proud of the high employability rates of its graduates at all levels and has opened its doors to applicants who aspire to the path of high competency.

Source: Addis Ababa University

Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Sub-Saharan Africa

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Year 2023 is marked as the mid- point in implementing the Sendai Framework 2015 – 2030 as well as the Paris Agreement, Urban Agenda, and other related agreements, conventions, and agendas. This paper outlines the preliminary reflections from the Midterm Review Sendai Framework (MTR SF) process in SubSaharan Africa on the progress made in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai Framework). It maps out the achievements, challenges, opportunities, and recommendations as a reflection from 11 African States and Regional Economic Communities as well as the African Union Commission.

The Sendai Framework has been implemented in Africa since 2015, within a context where response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to the Ebola crisis, and to the more frequently occurring droughts and floods have mostly kept the continent in a disaster response mode. Expenditures in disaster response, as well as the economic consequences of epidemics, droughts and floods have considerably reduced the States’ capacities to invest in prevention. Despite many challenges, there has been overall moderate progress in advancing the disaster risk reduction (DRR) agenda in sub-Saharan Africa.

The eleven States surveyed mention that while they have made notable achievements in risk reduction since the adoption of the Sendai Framework in 2015, their efforts have mainly focused on risk governance and on emergency preparedness and response due to the overall context of disaster frequency in Africa. As a result, the African continent is off track at this mid-term point to fully reach the Outcome and Goal of the Sendai Framework by 2030.

The main achievements commonly reported since 2015 through the eleven States surveyed include:

A better understanding of risk, with enhanced capacities developed for risk assessment, especially for food security and health.

Governance mechanisms for DRR such as national legislation, DRR strategy and plans of action aligned to the Sendai Framework were developed, and disaster risk management structures were put in place.

Investments in reducing underlying risk factors were made in various development sectors, although not consciously planned with a DRR vision.

Emergency preparedness and response was reinforced due to the development of preparedness and response plans, and trained responders. Early warning for floods and droughts also saw progress thanks to better equipped hydrometeorological services.

Source: UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

Move of Achieving Lasting Peace Has Many Implications For Country As Whole: DPM& MF Demeke

Addis Ababa-The move taken to bring about lasting peace in the country has many implications to the country as a whole and to the people facing the problems in particular, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign affairs Demeke Mekonnen said.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has met and convened discussion with members of the federal government and TPLF peace talks committee.

The prime minister held face to face discussion at the Halala Kela cluster section of the Koysha dine project in Dawuro Zone of southern Ethiopia for the first time, it was learned.

During the discussion, the ongoing implementation of the peace agreement was evaluated and directions have also been put forward on issues requiring further attention.

After discussion Demeke told EBC that “the peace deal that is initiated to bring about lasting peace is very meaningful for the country as a whole and for those people who have experienced the problem.”

It is known that the people have greatly anticipated this opportunity for peace and their readiness is clear, he said, adding the two bodies designated for this work have briefed us of the activities they have done so far, identifying issues that need priority in the future.

In general, the ongoing peace deal is in a positive situation, Demeke stated.

Above all, there should be no war and conflict as per the promises in the peace agreement, for in the work that both parties are doing, there are still key issues that need to be addressed: to make them complete and sustainable, he added.

He added: “building peace requires a lot of effort. It is very easy to break the peace and unleash destruction. It is necessary to consolidate the prevailing peace firmly and carefully. This is wise move.”

There are many successes and challenges, he said, adding “this country has great hope; there is threat. It is through confidence building, listening to one another and supremacy of ideas that we will able to overcome the challenges.”

Moreover, he stressed the need to understand any issue that is affecting the country at any level should be viewed against this backdrop, underlining that there is nothing concrete, yielding from emotions and feelings.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Measures Taken to Achieve Lasting Peace in Tigray Built Confidence: Peace Talks Coordination Committee Members

Addis Ababa-Members of the federal government and TPLF peace agreement coordination committee underscored that major activities taken to implement the agreement have built confidence.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held discussion with the committee members at Halala Kela yesterday.

Following the meeting, committee members Redwan Hussein and Getachew Reda told the media that the confidence building measures have been progressing since the agreement signed in Pretoria, South Africa, and the Nairobi, Kenya, declaration.

Redwan said we evaluated the implementation starting from the agreement in Pretoria, South Africa, and the two meetings we held in Nairobi, Kenya, were conducted without taking into consideration the details of some issues in the peace agreement.

When it came to implementation, the committee agreed that without waiting for hours and days, it is important to cement confidence building measures for lasting peace, he added.

According to him, the two committees have created confidence that would help to move to a new chapter.

He further stated that PM Abiy has set out directions for the works to be done to make the peace agreement sustainable.

TPLF peace coordination committee member, Getachew Reda, said on his part that they have discussed about improvements in the provision of basic services since the peace deal and agreed to work on the remaining issues.

“This meeting has helped us to strengthen the successfully completed works and agree to work on other issues. So it was a good meeting.”

He also stated that there are encouraging activities that have been carried out, despite other remaining issues that would be addressed in the same spirit.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Ethiopian Inaugurate Second Aviation Training Center in Hawassa

Addis Ababa-Ethiopian Airlines inaugurated today aviation training center built with more than 350 million Birr in Hawassa, the regional capital of Sidama Region.

The Hawassa Aviation Training Center was inaugurated in the presence of senior officials of the center, Sidama region chief administrator, and the mayor of Hawassa.

Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Ethiopian Group CEO, Mesfin Tassew said the training center was built following the increasing service demand of the airline.

According to him, the Hawassa Training Center is the 2nd next to its Addis Ababa Aviation Training center which has been lasted for a long time.

The training center is the second in the country after the Addis Ababa center.

Ethiopian has been providing training for youths from all over Africa, in addition to the youths from home, the CEO said.

The training center, which can accommodate 320 students, has 160 student dormitories, 72 teacher rooms, nine classrooms, and three simulation rooms.

Besides, the center also four computer rooms, dining cafeterias and modern equipment for training, it was learned.

Sidama Region Chief Administrator Desta Lendamo said on his part that Ethiopian Airlines is a famous airline that is promoting Ethiopia to the world.

The second training center built in Hawassa will have multifaceted economic benefits for both the city as well as the airline, he added.

The Addis Ababa Aviation Training Center, which has been providing training for the past 65 years, was expanded with over 80 million USD in 2016.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Ethiopia PM holds first post-peace deal meeting with Tigray leaders

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday held his first face-to-face meeting with Tigrayan leaders since a peace deal was agreed last year, officials and state media said.

The talks took place almost three months to the day since the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) signed an agreement to silence the guns after two years of brutal war.

Abiy’s national security adviser Redwan Hussein said on Twitter that the prime minister and other officials met a TPLF delegation “regarding the progress of the peace process”.

“As a result, PM Abiy passed decisions about increasing Flights, Banking & other issues that would boost trust & ease lives of civilians,” he tweeted.

State media said it was the first time Abiy had joined the so-called Peace Agreement Implementation Coordination Committee set up after the November 2 breakthrough deal signed in the South African capital Pretoria.

Those attending included Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen and armed forces chief Birhanu Jula, along with top Tigrayan military commander Tsadkan Gebretensae and TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda, pictures on state media showed.

Getachew said in an interview with the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation that the discussions covered the opening up of the banking sector and land transport to Tigray.

“Both on the part of the (Tigrayan) leadership and the Tigrayan people, there’s no interest in a return to war,” he added.

The two sides evaluated “actions carried out on the implementation of the Pretoria and Nairobi peace agreements so far”, the EBC said, referring to a followup deal hammered out in the Kenyan capital on Nov 12.

They also discussed issues that “need further attention,” it said, adding that the meeting took place at a resort in southern Ethiopia.

The devastating conflict that erupted in November 2020 has killed untold numbers of civilians, displaced more than two million and left millions more in need of humanitarian aid.

Under the terms of the November agreements, the TPLF agreed to disarm and re-establish the authority of the federal government in return for the restoration of access to Tigray, which was largely cut off from the outside world during the war.

Since the deal, there has been some resumption of aid deliveries to Tigray, which has long faced dire shortages of food, fuel, cash and medicines.

Basic services such as communications, banking and electricity are slowly being restored to the stricken region of six million people, with national carrier Ethiopian Airlines resuming commercial flights between Addis Ababa and Tigray’s capital Mekele last month.

The war began after Abiy, who won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in part for rapprochement with Eritrea, sent troops into Tigray, accusing the TPLF of attacking army bases there.

The United States has said the death toll from the conflict could be as high as 500,000 while African Union envoy Olusegun Obasanjo has put it at up to 600,000.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK