Greg Dorey

Ambassador to Ethiopia

20th August 2015 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

by Greg Dorey

Ambassador to Ethiopia

World Humanitarian Day

Yesterday was World Humanitarian Day. Geographically and geopolitically Ethiopia lies at the heart of a deeply unstable region, with neighbouring Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Eritrea all engaged in conflicts. Enjoying comparative peace for some time now, it has been hosting refugees since the 1990s. But recent times have seen a dramatic rise in the […]

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18th August 2015 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

by Greg Dorey

Ambassador to Ethiopia

Future Chevening leaders in the making!

Our 2015/16 Ethiopian Chevening Scholars will be heading off to begin their year’s study at top #UK universities in few weeks’ time. This year we were able to offer places to 12 scholars (11 Ethiopians and one Djiboutian). Those who were selected fought off strong competition, making the final cut from over 300 applications. I […]

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15th July 2015 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

by Greg Dorey

Ambassador to Ethiopia

Ethiopia hosting FFD3: A testament to progress in eradicating poverty

Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, is delighted; it has been preparing for months to welcome the 5000 or so high profile international guests (including Heads of States, Ministers and other special representatives of countries) attending the Third Financing for Development Conference (FFD3). And so far, so very good! The UK’s delegation, led by Justine […]

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21st March 2015 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

by Greg Dorey

Ambassador to Ethiopia

How the life of a Diplomat has Changed -Recognising World Poetry Day….

Here’s one I prepared earlier. (First published in “Time to Kill Sparrows” © 1999, foreword by Lord Hurd of Westwell. Now in its original version, without editorial changes.)   THE RISE AND FALL OF THE TABLOID DIPLOMAT   I start at the office at ten o’clock sharp, By half past I’m quite peckish for brunch. I return […]

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17th March 2015 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

by Greg Dorey

Ambassador to Ethiopia

Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick’s Day on 17 March is the national day both ofNorthern Ireland (part of the UK) and the Republic of Ireland. It is celebrated by Irish communities (and their friends) all around the world. The day also has religious significance for many Christians, as it commemorates the death of the Irish Patron Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). Every year, the Irish Embassy in Addis organises a Charity Ball to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – one […]

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3rd March 2015 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

by Greg Dorey

Ambassador to Ethiopia

Human Rights and the Cyrus Cylinder

Next week the Foreign Office will release its annual report on Human Rights and Democracy. It will showcase some of the work the UK has been doing to promote human rights around the world over the course of our current parliament (ie. the last five years), paying special attention to the value we place on […]

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1st March 2015 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

by Greg Dorey

Ambassador to Ethiopia

Dragons and daffodils…..

Today is 1 March and the Welsh flag, Y Ddraig Goch, was flying outside the British Embassy as we mark St David’s Day. And several of us are wearing dragon or daffodil badges in our lapels or as cufflinks to recognise the patron saint of Wales. The date marks the anniversary of the death of […]

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26th February 2015 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

by Greg Dorey

Ambassador to Ethiopia

Young at heart diplomats

The British Embassy in Addis Ababa and the United States Mission to the African Union (AU) will host a “young diplomats’” evening tonight. We held a similar event last year and many thought it an effective way to bring together stakeholders on issues which are important to the AU. The event will be attended by […]

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13th February 2015 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

by Greg Dorey

Ambassador to Ethiopia

World Radio Day

Today is World Radio Day! We mark World Radio Day to raise awareness about the importance of radio in shaping the lives of millions throughout the world, from providing people with everyday news to being a way of spreading information quickly to save lives during natural (or human-induced) disasters. Radio still remains the most dominant […]

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27th January 2015 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

by Greg Dorey

Ambassador to Ethiopia

Never Again

International #HolocaustRemembranceDay (#HRD) is observed on 27 January to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. On this day we remember the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated six million Jews; one million Roma; 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people; and 9000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. When the […]

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