Visiting High Level UN Mission Underlines Eritrea’s Success Story

Abdoulaye Mar Dieye
@MarDieye : Headed a UN delegation to Eritrea to see development work, partners in Eritrea, which is making huge progress on MDGs

By FikreJesus Amahazion,

A UN delegation headed by Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director of UNDP/RBA, and Chairman of UNDG-ESA Mission, recently visited Eritrea to monitor development work and engage in dialogue with development partners. One of his findings was that Eritrea is “making huge progress on [the UN] MDGs.”[1]

As a brief reminder, there exist eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include halving extreme poverty rates, stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS, and ensuring the provision of universal primary education, amongst others. As goals, the MDGs set specific standards for individual countries to achieve – all by 2015. Importantly, the MDGs also provide a blueprint established by the international community and various global development entities, effectively seeking to improve the lives of the world’s poor.[2]

Mar Dieye’s statement noting Eritrea’s MDG progress mirrors that made earlier this year by John Ging, OCHA Operations Director. At the conclusion of a two-day visit to Eritrea in July of 2013, Ging stated that “Eritrea continues to make impressive progress towards achieving several Millennium Development Goals.”[3]

As a poor, developing country, Eritrea’s unique, multi-faceted approach to development may provide useful lessons to other countries throughout the developing world. Acknowledging the admirable progress of Eritrea in terms of the UN MDGs, Christine Umotoni, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Eritrea, even went so far as to state that “Eritrea needs to give Africa and the rest of the world lessons on how these successes were achieved.”[4]

While Eritrea has certainly made tremendous strides in an array of socio-economic and development sectors, it is acknowledged that numerous challenges still exist. Moving forward, the development community, international partners, as well as various state and local actors should remain committed to building upon Eritrea’s past success. Efforts can include promoting regional peace and stability, supporting new development programs, augmenting existing projects, and working with the Eritrean government (and local or international Eritrean organizations) to improve the lives of citizens.


EDITOR’S NOTE:


The UN and Eritrea have signed a Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework (SPCF) on January 28, 2013 and approved its needed budget close to US $188 million for the next four year. The SPCF will have five strategic area of focuses: Capacity development, Social protection, Energy and environment, Gender and Food Security. The high level UN mission visit is then well-timed to provide the UN and the Government of Eritrea with the opportunity to discuss implementation of the SPCF in much more details.

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[1] Mar Dieye, UNDP Africa: Eritrea
visit: https://twitter.com/MarDieye/status/413407809120661504
[2] https://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
[3] John Ging, OCHA Operations Director: Eritrea
visit: https://tesfanews.net/eritrea-making-impressive-progress-towards-achieving-mdg/
[4] Christine Umotoni, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Eritrea: Analysis of MDG success: https://www.shabait.com/articles/nation-building/15104-lesson-from-eritrea-meeting-mdgs-as-soon-as-possible

13 thoughts on “Visiting High Level UN Mission Underlines Eritrea’s Success Story

  1. .
    Foreign Minister holds talks with UN delegation head

    Asmara, 17 December 2013 – Foreign Minister Osman Saleh yesterday held talk with a visiting UN delegation headed by Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director of UNDP/RBA, and Chairman of UNDG-ESA Mission.

    In the course of the meeting at Asmara Palace Hotel, Mr. Osman Saleh gave extensive briefings to the delegation focusing on the objective situation in the Homeland and the achievements registered in various domains in general, the stance of the Eritrean government as regards human rights and human trafficking, including trading in human organs, in particular. The briefings also included the tasks accomplished pertaining to foiling anti-Eritrea agendas, including the unlawful and unjust sanctions.

    Following the meeting, Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye told Erina that the visit is well-timed, and that it provides the UN and the Government of Eritrea with the opportunity to discuss implementation of the strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework Agreement concluded in January 2013.

    He further indicated that the UN has reiterated its commitment to support the nation’s development endeavors, and stated that Eritrea has made significant progress towards achieving the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals, particularly in the domain of health.

    Moreover, the 8-member delegation met and conducted discussion with the Finance Minister, Mr. Berhane Habtemariam, Dr. Gergis Teklemichael, Minister of National Development, Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Head of Political Affairs at the PFDJ, and Mr. Yemane Gebremeskel, Director of the President’s Office.

    The delegation also visited the Southern and Central administrative regions today, during which it observed the ongoing development activities. In the course of the visit, the members received briefings by the Administrator of the Southern region, Mr. Efrem Gebrekristos, medical experts and others at the regional Referral Hospital, as well as the Fistula Center in Mendefera city.

    Likewise, members of the UN delegation visited the agricultural project in Merhano and the potable water supply project in the area, in addition to the dam in Adi-Lamza, including the irrigation farming activities in its environs, among others. The Administrator of the Central region, Mr. Kahsai Gebrehiwet, accompanied the visiting UN team during the tour of the development sites in the region.

  2. .
    Foreign Minister reiterates to UN delegation Eritrea’s commitment towards ensuring safe neighborhood and cooperative regional environment

    Asmara, 18 December 2013 – Foreign Minister Osman Saleh has reiterated to the visiting UN delegation Eritrea’s commitment towards ensuring safe neighborhood and cooperative regional environment.

    He made the remark yesterday during a dinner reception hosted in honor of the delegation headed by Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director of UNDP/RBA, and Chairman of UNDG-ESA Mission. Present on the occasion were President Isaias Afwerki, Ministers, PFDJ Heads, resident Ambassadors, diplomats and heads of UN agencies in the country.

    Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Osman Saleh pointed out that the visit of the UN delegation was fruitful as it laid the groundwork for high-level interaction pertaining to national development agendas and joint partnership thereof. Moreover, the visit afforded members of the delegation the opportunity of better acquainted with the country and observe some development activities.

    Mr. Osman further explained that Eritrea, as a young nation determined to build a just, prosperous and dignified society, has been exerting sustained endeavors assuming primary responsibility of its development goals, including the mobilization of nationals and domestic resources. “No nation can achieve sustainable development in the absence of safe neighborhood and cooperative regional environment,” the Foreign Minister underlined.

    Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Head of the UN delegation, on his part expressed appreciation for the hospitality of the Eritrean people and their leadership, and lauded the national development accomplishments being registered. He further pledged the readiness of the UN as regards backing the country’s development priorities.

    “Following our meetings, we have discussed and identified a number of possible entry points for deepening our cooperation and taking it to the next level engagement,” Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye asserted.

  3. Here is a section of the 2013 MDG progress index.
    It looks at the progress of the MDG From 2010 to 2013. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/pov

    "Rwanda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Ghana and Uganda are among sub-Saharan Africa's top performers in this year's MDG progress index, released on Wednesday as part of ONE's flagship Data report."

    Country 2013 12 11 10 2010-13 (Change)
    Egypt 6.5 6.5 6 6 0.5
    Mali 6 5 4.5 4 2
    Eritrea 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 0
    Ethiopia 5.5 6 4.5 5 0.5
    Uganda 5.5 5.5 5 5 0.5
    Gambia 5 4.5 5 4.5 0.5
    Ghana 5.5 5.5 5 5 0.5

    ONE's Data report- https://one.org.s3.amazonaws.com/pdfs/ONE_DataRepo

  4. I think it is better for Eritrea to perform beyond millennium development goals.

    As it is described in the article above by the representatives "As a poor, developing country, Eritrea’s unique, multi-faceted approach to development may provide useful lessons to other countries throughout the developing world. Acknowledging the admirable progress of Eritrea in terms of the UN MDGs, Christine Umotoni, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Eritrea, even went so far as to state that “Eritrea needs to give Africa and the rest of the world lessons on how these successes were achieved.”[4]

    The successes of MDG in Eritrea is, the government and people are committed to implement policy on the ground.

    Eritrea does not have a problem to work with its neighboring countries if they are willing, because a lot of lessons can be learn from the Holy Land, as we are not willing to be servants of the west.

  5. If our young and highly educated take over the responsibility ,with out any doubt we will be very prosperous nation within a short period of time.The elders they have done enough,it is time to step aside.Let them learn from Mr Mandela,after one term he hand over to the young generation.Since independence we have the same people,the situation on ground have not changed a whole lot.

    1. Dan,
      I think you are striding off the rail. There is no such elder or younger in Eritrea. Everyone is contributing at their best and hence the achievements. Mandela is one person and that does not mean the entire people who fought with him have vanished from power with him. Please do not try to take things out of context and disinform people. If you are looking for a true transition of leadership to younger generations, that is what has been happening in Eritrea. Every profession is now driven by the young, of course at the proper coaching and mentor-ship of the wise elders. And that is how it works everywhere you go. As a matter of fact, I remember a news about one European country rejecting Ali Abdu as an ambassador simply because it thought he was too young at that time. I brought this to emphasize on the importance of age in leadership. So, please stop preaching that nonsense hotch-botch. Look at the US senators, most of them are close to 70s in age. Would you ask everyone of them to leave and give way to younger ones? The take over is a process where one grows up learning and eventually assumes top positions.

  6. Dan
    if you like it or not, this is a fact and a great achievement by the Eritrean Goverment and it's people.
    We don't need any lessens from no one. I don't think we need a reminder. Especialy from ignorant ppl like you. Go and have your lessen about the History of Eritrean people. otherwise you are living on Ku-Ku land.

  7. If we had civil service colleges,it would have been good for the elders,who spent all their lives in the bush fighting for their country, to train them to be a productive part of the society,otherwise it won't be easy to compete globally.The last time the interview with the foriegn media was a disaster,we became a loughing stock world wide.The economy of our country isnot doing great,we can do better than that.If we are not honest with our self we wont grow up as a nation.

    1. Dany you are here with full of lies bags, and you are indoctrinated by your masters to post these rubbish comments. Eritrea is moving forward at alarming pace, The Eritrea success and irreversible achievements, are not well sited with you. it is a bad news for you Dany, you can't help it. Eritrea is moving, Eritrea's motto is forward ever backward never. dany why don't you post the trash comments on your Hassena or Ethiopian Review and other Weyane's websites. Here is for hard-core Eritreans your messages are dead on arrival here, take your doctor advice it will be unhealthy for you to be here

  8. comeon now ask your self what have you been done to help this hard working people beside negative comment.say some also what have they been done there you here now nothing go there and try to be help or if you not happy what they do it is simple and will be easy for you to pick the gun and go sahil like they been doing to get a great indipendent nation.i am sick and tierd you telling me your hidden agenda.take it same where ealse.you had time sinse 1998 this propganda trying to sell but you not talent enough to 12/2013 time tell the truth and appolgaise for what you have misleading to the people and younge ones. you have done to much damage to this people specialy to the young gave them wronge information.look what you say time to give power to the young haw you already take them out from school put them no where.you should be shame your self.

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