UNICEF marks 65 years of operation in Ethiopia

November 24, 2017

UNICEF marks 65 years of operation in Ethiopia        

ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Commemorating the World Children’s Day, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday launched a book entitled ‘Hulem Lehisanat- Always for Children’, depicting the organization’s 65 years of service for children and women in the East African country.

Hailing the significant achievements in terms of the rights and wellbeing of Ethiopian children, UNICEF has noted that much remains to be done, for which the organization called for acceleration of joint efforts. 

Speaking during the half-day event on the premises of the UN Conference Center in the capital Addis Ababa, Gillian Mellsop, UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia, underlined the need to empower children to take part in decisions that affect their lives.

The UNICEF Representative has lauded Ethiopia’s strong commitment to child rights, including child participation. 

“The Government has taken decisive measures to increase child participation in communities across the country. For instance, children in Ethiopia actively participate through child parliaments and child right clubs,” noted Mellsop.  

“The Government’s commitment to promoting child rights in Ethiopia is also reflected in its efforts towards adopting a comprehensive law governing vital events including the registration of births and deaths,” she said, “I would also like to commend the Government for its commitment to also ensuring birth registration of refugee children in Ethiopia.” 


 ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) -- Children attend World Children’s Day 2017 celebration in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Nov. 20, 2017. World Children’s Day is an international celebration aimed towards bringing nations together to promote child welfare. XINHUA PHOTO: MICHAEL TEWELDEThe representative noted that further work need to be done in areas including addressing harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation and early marriage. 

“The challenge ahead also calls on all of us to listen to children and partner with children as we work together to address the many barriers that children are facing in realizing their full potential,” she said. 

In her opening remarks, Demitu Hambisa, Ethiopian Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs, noted that decision makers need to ensure that children’s voices are heard and reflected in decisions that affect their lives. 

Speaking on the occasion, Admasu Nebebe, State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, has hailed UNICEF’s support in areas including education, health, nutrition, water and sanitation. 

The State Minister said Ethiopia is keen to enhance its cooperation with UNICEF towards achieving national targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.  


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