The Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Dr. Joan Clos, last week received credentials from the new Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia to UN-HABITAT, Mr. Shemsudin Ahmed Roble.
Speaking during the function, Dr. Clos noted that UN-HABITAT and Ethiopia have had a good relationship for many years and called for further strengthening of ties between them.
Ambassador Roble thanked Dr. Clos for his offer of continued cooperation with his country and also for the support provided to his country in the area of land registration, which has made it possible for many Ethiopians including women to have certificates of their land.
He stated that the country's emphasis is on agriculture, health care, transport, communication and infrastructural development.
Ambassador Roble noted that Ethiopia is a very stable country and invited Dr. Clos to visit the country to explore how cooperation between UN-HABITAT and the country can be further strengthened – an invitation Dr. Clos accepted.
The two also discussed the possibility of engaging a Habitat Programme Manager (HPM) for Ethiopia to ensure better coordination of the organization's activities in the country.