The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-wha Kang, conducted a two-day working visit to Eritrea.
Arriving in the capital Asmara in the early morning hours of January 25, Ms. Kyun-wha met and held talks with various senior Eritrean government officials and U.N. Agencies.
Discussions covered ways of strengthening engagement and cooperation between the government of Eritrea and the U.N. and an exploration of areas for future program support.
In a meeting held with Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, regarding efforts related to development goals, Minister Osman made briefings on any potential unfounded excuses made for failure, such as sanctions, to impede the development goals from being implemented.
Minister Osman expressed Eritrean Government’s resolve towards consummating development goals in spite of any challenges, by any means necessary.
In a meeting she held with Mr. Yemane Ghebremeskel, the Minster of Information, Minister Yemane underlined that the engagements of the U.N. agencies should not confine themselves to development programs only, but should also play their due part in helping to lift the illegal sanctions imposed on Eritrea in contravention of international law.
In a joint meeting she held with the Ministers of Health, Education, Agriculture as well as Labor and Human Welfare, Ms. Kyun-wha made remarks on ongoing fields of cooperation and developments towards ensuring social services, including food security and social welfare.
Moreover, in the company of Minister of Health Ms. Amina Nurhusein, Ms. Kyun-wha Kaang, visited health centers in Seregeka Sub-zone.
During her visit, Ms. Kuyu-wha stopped at the health centers in Serejeka and Geshenashim, followed by a tour of Emabdorho elementary and middle schools to assess various health provisions made for students.
The UN envoy also met with Ms. Senait Mehari, Deputy of the Social and Economic Department of the National Union of Eritrea Women, who discussed the progress Eritrea has made in gender equality, including progress in remote areas, and disclosed the Union’s role towards this end.