October 10, 2020

The United Nations at 75 (Part 2): Eritrea and the...

The United Nations at 75 (Part 2): Eritrea and the United Nations

by Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion | Several weeks ago, the United Nations (UN) gathered for its annual general assembly meeting– virtually. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, national leaders did not travel to the UN, located in New York, to deliver their addresses, instead doing so via prerecorded video messages. As well, most of the usual events and proceedings related to the annual gathering were held virtually. In addition to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread economic disruption, this is a unique year for the global organization: 2020 marks 75 years since it was formed. This important occasion is an ideal time and useful opportunity to take a closer look at the UN. In the last edition of Eritrea Profile (published Wednesday 07 October), I reviewed the UN’s general history, briefly noting some of its key achievements and challenges. Here, I turn to focus on the UN’s historic relations with Eritrea. Even though Eritrea is a young state – one of the youngest in the world – its history with the UN is actually quite long. And while the UN espouses many noble values, ideals, and principles, its historic relationship with and treatment of Eritrea have been problematic and fraught with injustice. Read more

October 7, 2020

The United Nations at 75: Ambitions,...

The United Nations at 75: Ambitions, Contributions, Challenges

by Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion | Recently, the United Nations (UN) gathered for its annual general assembly meeting– virtually. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, national leaders did not travel to the UN, located in New York, to deliver their addresses, instead doing so via prerecorded video messages. As well, most of the usual events and proceedings related to the annual gathering were held virtually. In addition to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread economic disruption, this is a unique year for the global organization: 2020 marks 75 years since it was formed. This important occasion is an ideal time and useful opportunity to take a closer look at the UN. In the following article, I review the UN’s general history, briefly noting some of its key achievements and challenges. In the next edition of Eritrea Profile, I will discuss the UN’s historic relations with Eritrea. Read more

September 29, 2020

Pre-recorded Message delivered by Foreign Minister...

Pre-recorded Message delivered by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh

on behalf of the President of the State of Eritrea, H.E. Mr. Isaias Afwerki, at the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly

Your Excellency Ambassador Volkan Bozkir
President of the General Assembly;
Your Excellency Mr. Antonio Gueterres
UN Secretary-General;
Honourable Participants,

I have the honour to deliver this speech on behalf of the President of the State of Eritrea, H.E. Mr. Isaias Afwerki.

The UN General Assembly is taking place this year at a critical juncture when the world is at a cross-roads on account of the vicious COVID-19 global pandemic that has inculcated an immense loss of life so far.

As it may be recalled, I had underlined the following salient points in my message to the UN General Assembly last year.

In as far as global trends is concerned, I had stated, and I quote, “the world is on the cusp of a new world order. All vital parameters indicate that the unipolar world order has come to an end or is in its twilight years. The economic power balance is inexorably changing, with a spike in attendant intense rivalries and upheavals”. Read more

January 16, 2020

Statement by Ms. Sophia Tesfamariam, Ambassador...

Statement by Ms. Sophia Tesfamariam, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the United Nations

Statement by Ms. Sophia Tesfamariam, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the United Nations, during the Security Council Debate on: “Maintenance of international peace and security: Upholding the UN Charter”

13th January 2020, New York

Mr. President,

My delegation wishes to congratulate Vietnam for assuming the presidency of the Council for the month of January and for convening this timely debate on “Maintenance of international peace and security: upholding the UN Chaffer”. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome I-I.E. Mr. Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam and thank Secretary-General António Guterres and Mrs. Robinson for their statements. Read more

September 30, 2019

STATEMENT OF H.E. MR. OSMAN SALEH MOHAMMED...

STATEMENT OF H.E. MR. OSMAN SALEH MOHAMMED MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE STATE OF ERITREA
DURING THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE 74TH SESSION UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, New York 30 September 2019

Mr. President; Mr. Secretary-General;
Heads of State and Governments; Distinguished   delegates;

The current United Nations General Assembly meeting is occurring at a very auspicious time for the Horn of Africa.  Positive developments   are underway in the region.  The sad, painful chapter of domestic turmoil and regional conflicts is giving way to new vistas of internal resurgence and regional cooperation.

In global terms, this is a sensitive and delicate period, when the world is at a crossroads; on the cusp of a new world order, so to speak.

All vital parameters indicate that the unipolar world order has come to an end or is in its twilight years.  The economic   power balance is inexorably   changing, with a spike in attendant, intense rivalries   and upheavals.  In the  event,  the  current   UN  General   Assembly   session  cannot  but grapple with  these issues  and chart out viable  paths  on the way forward. Read more

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