Ethiopia is represented by Mr. Tesfahun Gobezay, Directore General for Agency for Refugees and Returnees Affairs- ARRA and his Deputy Mrs. Teyiba Hassen at the 72nd Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme held 4-8 October 2021 in Geneva.

At the event the Director General delivered a speech representing his country, underlining Ethiopia’s commitments to sustainably improve the lives of refugees, returnees, internally displaced people and the communities that host them. Of the issues he underscored the values Ethiopia as a country and as a founder of United Nations and as a firm proponent of multilateralism and ARRA as a refugee Agency put upon the excellent cooperation and partnership with UNHCR, other UN Agencies, donors and partners took the front lines. On top, he also emphasized the importance of upholding the principles of impartiality and neutrality so as not to undermine the sovereignty and integrity of Ethiopia.

During the event he met the High Commissioner for the UN Refugee Agency, H.E. Mr. Filippo Grandi and his Assistant Mr. Raouf Mazou on a separate session and discussed strategic and operational matters regarding the Ethiopia refugee operation.

Side by side, the DG also made a speech at an event organized by IGAD on durable solution for displaced people, voluntary repatriation of Ethiopians in Sudan and the role Ethiopia is playing in that regard.