Ethiopia, the United Nations Sign an Agreement
Earlier today (13 April 2018) the Government of Ethiopia, represented by State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Hirut Zemene and the United Nations by the under-secretary for UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Dr. Vera Songwe, have signed an agreement "For the Implementation of the Renovation and Expansion of Africa Hall at the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa."
The agreement signed today is preceded, at least by, two previous agreements between the Government of Ethiopia and the UN, regarding the use of Africa Hall consolidated by the 1971 Land Agreement on 26 May 1971 and the 1990 Additional Land Agreement. The 1990 agreement was also succeeded by the 2007 Lease agreement, which later led the granting of additional land by the Government of Ethiopia to the UN for the construction of additional offices, and exhibition center and other facilities to meet the immediate and future requirements of the ECA.
During a joint press statement, State Minister Hirut expressed her gratitude for the attention and focus given by the UN to be a partner in making this site a heritage for humanity bearing witness to the plethora of achievements Africa has amassed since the establishment of the Organization of the African Unity (OAU) in this very building in 1963.
Dr. Vera Songwe, on the other hand, stated the fact that the signing of this agreement is not just about signing a piece of paper rather the very epitome of excellent cooperation between the Government of Ethiopia and the UN as well as the continent at large.