Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 25 May 2016

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Key Issues

  • Ethiopia showcases best practices in drought response at World Humanitarian Summit (WHS).

  • Joint Government and humanitarian partners’ assessment on the impact of the belg rains.

  • National Meteorological Agency (NMA) forecasts normal to above normal performance for the kiremt rains.

Ethiopia showcases best practices in drought response at WHS

Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Demeke Mekonnen chaired a side event at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) showcasing the country’s best practices in the drought response.
Participating keynote speakers at the WHS side event “Bridging the divide: humanitarian and development collaboration in Ethiopia”, include: Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary General of UNOCHA, Ms. Kyung-Wha Kang, WFP Executive Director, Ms. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of UNICEF, Mr. Anthony Lake, and Senior Adviser for Resilience, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), Mr. Claus Sorensen.
Deputy Prime Minister Mekonnen noted that in the past, droughts of this magnitude killed many and caused profound suffering. “The impact of this drought in 2016 has been different. Our preparation and priorities over the past decade has meant that our collective response prevented famine,” said Deputy Prime Minister Mekonnen, adding, “We have been focusing on pro-poor policies, introducing disaster response management into all aspects of governance, strengthening government ministries, introducing satellite imagery and evidence-based analysis, and intensifying support to the agriculture sector.”

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