Greg Dorey » Ambassador to Ethiopia

Britain’s Most Frequent Royal Visitor to Ethiopia

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Her Royal Highness (HRH) the Princess Royal spent three days in Ethiopia last week – her fourth visit to the country, the first having been in 1974. And once again HRH made a considerable impact, visiting not just Addis Ababa but also projects in Adama and South Sudanese refugees in Gambella. HRH was here primarily in her role as President of Save the Children (UK), being briefed on the important … Read more »Britain’s Most Frequent Royal Visitor to Ethiopia

Fighting Ebola

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A few weeks ago some cases of malaria briefly gave rise to rumours that #Ebola had arrived in #Addis. Thankfully this was wrong, but the story went viral on social media. Rumours and misinformation can spread even faster than Ebola.   As the disease continues to spread, there are increasingly worrying projections about how far it could go. Recent research by #Oxford University suggests this deadliest Ebola outbreak in history … Read more »Fighting Ebola

World Humanitarian Day

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As I write, I am representing the #UK in an open session of the Africa Union’s #(AU) Peace and Security Council #PSC in Addis Ababa to commemorate World Humanitarian Day #WHD2014 – a date which marks, of course, the horrific bombing of #UN Headquarters in Baghdad in 2003. It seems today that the humanitarian system is being stretched ever further and further, working hard to respond to growing needs created by conflict, a … Read more »World Humanitarian Day

“The Great War – Lest we Forget”

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On 3 August 1914, Europe saw the start of the worst human disaster experienced up to that time when the German Empire declared war on France. The subsequent World War (#WW1) cost the lives of at least fourteen million people and shattered the fabric of society. The war set in motion a chain of events which included the downfall of the Russian and German Emperors. 100 years later, the Presidents … Read more »“The Great War – Lest we Forget”

Opportunity for change…

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#Retrak is a #UK-based #charity which enables street children in Africa to realise their potential and discover their worth. It’s been operating since 1994 (when it was just a football club in #Uganda) and now offers a wide range of services to street children in #Ethiopia, #Kenya, #Malawi, #Tanzania and #Uganda. It has also helped train organisations in the #DRC, #Mozambique and #Malawi. I went to see #Retrak’s drop-in centre … Read more »Opportunity for change…

Consular Responsibility

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A major area of work for any British Embassy or High Commission is consular responsibility: looking after British nationals when they’re abroad. This is one of the three priority aims of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office – together with protecting national security and building prosperity (our foreign policy as a whole is geared towards strengthening the international rules-based system, in support of our values – including human rights). There are … Read more »Consular Responsibility

The Girl Summit

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Child, Early and Forced Marriage (#CEFM) affects millions of girls every year. One in three girls in developing countries is married by the age of 18. Some are as young as eight. Girls who marry young will have babies while still children, putting them at risk of death or suffering for the rest of their lives. They are more likely to be poor and stay poor. Forced marriage victims can … Read more »The Girl Summit

THE 30th ANNIVERSARY OF CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIPS

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This week I hosted former Ethiopian scholars at the British Residence to mark the 30th Anniversary of the #British Government’s flagship #Chevening Scholarship programme. The Chevening Scholarships are the #UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (#FCO) and partner organisations. The programme targets outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK. Over 200 Ethiopians have … Read more »THE 30th ANNIVERSARY OF CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIPS

Ending Sexual Violence as a Tool of War

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Sexual violence committed in war zones has been not only an abomination against humanity but a growing problem. Long seen as an inevitable consequence of a breakdown of law and order and often regarded as a ‘lesser crime’, it is increasingly being used as a means of war to humiliate and devastate communities belonging to the ‘enemy.’ Over time, a culture of impunity for the perpetrators has developed. The effects of … Read more »Ending Sexual Violence as a Tool of War

Media Freedom for a Better Future

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Today is World Press Freedom Day #WPFD. The work that journalists do is often dangerous and difficult. Unfortunately, 2013 was one of the most dangerous years for the profession across the world, with 70 journalists killed. Many of these were caught in the cross-fire of armed hostilities. They had been trying in exceedingly difficult circumstances to tell the stories of some of the world’s most appalling conflicts. 14 more have … Read more »Media Freedom for a Better Future