Nile Day commemorated in London for the first time

26 Feb 2018

On 22nd February 2018, Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Diplomats from Nile Basin countries – Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda – celebrated the 12th Nile Day in London for the first time under the theme, “The Nile – Shared River, Collective Action”, at an Ethiopian Embassy-hosted reception.

Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Diplomats from NBI Countries

Welcoming guests, H.E. Dr Hailemichael Aberra Afework, Ethiopian Ambassador to the United Kingdom said, “Ethiopia takes great pride in hosting this important day in the Nile Basin’s calendar – a day on which leaders of our great nations definitively chose dialogue over distrust, interdependence over isolation and cooperation over conflict.”

“By establishing the Nile Basin Initiative on this day in 1999, our countries opened a new chapter in the storied history of our great river – vowing to develop, manage, protect and conserve the water resources of the Nile on the basis of a “shared vision”,” he said.

In light of challenges such as climate change, the need for greater cooperation, basin-wide planning and a legal regime governing the river in its entirety, could not be clearer, he added.

Ambassador Hailemichael concluded by quoting Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, H.E. Dr Sileshi Bekele, “the Nile is the umbilical cord that connects and nourishes us all”, he said. “So, [let us] affirm once more our commitment to one another and assert that cooperation on this great river, is not an option, but an existential imperative.”

It is hoped that the reception in London will pave the way for similar events in the future, so the anniversary can be observed on a rotational basis.

—ENDS—

Ambassador Hailemichael’s full remarks can be found on our website.

For further information, please contact the Press Office on 0207 838 3883 or press@ethioembassy.org.uk

 

Background

Nile Day is an annual event held to commemorate the establishment of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on February 22, 1999. The day marked a major milestone in the history of Nile Cooperation. It was the very first time that the countries jointly agreed to establish an all-inclusive basin-wide institution, to provide a platform for consultation and coordination among themselves.

This year, Ethiopia hosted the regional event for the third time. Ethiopia previously hosted the event in 2008 and 2013.

Nile Day provides an opportunity to increase awareness of the importance of basin-wide Nile Cooperation in jointly taking good care of and utilizing the shared Nile Basin water and related resources for win-win benefits. This is in addition to enhancing awareness about the consequences of non-cooperation as well as the challenges of Nile cooperation. The day also serves to expose participants to the rich and varied cultures that exist within the Nile Basin.

Nile Day Celebrated in London

Latest News

Browse all
A high-level ministerial delegation from Ethiopia and the private sector is coming to London on 16th October 2018 for a full-day trade and investment forum, representing the first significant overseas trade and investment mission for the new Ethiopian Government.
14 Sep 2018
Ethiopia invites UK partners to invest in Africa’s fastest-growing economy
As we move into the New Year, we should aspire to create a strong and democratic Ethiopia, based on our unity under a diversity “intertwined and moulded with love and forgiveness”. Our task for the year is to maintain the spirit of change and transformation, to overcome our shortcomings, to bring the peace and unity we all want.
12 Sep 2018
New Year Message from Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu
The weekly publication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia.
24 Aug 2018
A Week in the Horn
Fresh from a global highly acclaimed tour including their debut at the Underbelly Festival in London’s Southbank, the Circus Abyssinia Troupe brings Ethiopian Dreams to enchant Edinburgh Festival Fringe audiences again this summer.
10 Aug 2018
Circus Abyssinia returns to Edinburgh Fringe
Following the historic rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, a delegation led by Ambassador Hailemichael, senior diplomats and staff paid a courtesy visit to the Eritrean Embassy in London, to further cement the agreement and resume diplomatic ties.
7 Aug 2018
Ethiopia and Eritrea resume diplomatic ties
The weekly publication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia.
3 Aug 2018
A Week in the Horn
The project manager of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Engineer Semegnew Bekele, was given a hero’s farewell on 29thJuly as thousands gathered to pay their respects at his funeral.
31 Jul 2018
Ethiopia bids farewell to Engineer Semegnew Bekele
A UK-Ethiopia Trade and Investment Forum is scheduled to take place in London on 16 October. This will be the first significant overseas Trade and Investment Summit for the new Ethiopian Government and will showcase the huge opportunities that Ethiopia offers and encourage inward investment.
30 Jul 2018
UK-Ethiopia Trade & Investment Forum – London – 16th October
On 11 July, PM Abiy marked his first 100 days in office. Since his election on 2ndApril, he has motivated Ethiopians with his catchphrase, “Medemer,” which has become the mantra for the revitalisation of Ethiopian unity.
27 Jul 2018
PM Abiy’s first 100 days in Office
Leading Ethiopian botanical scientist, Professor Sebsebe Demissew, has been elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, becoming the first ever Sub-Saharan African scientist to be elected in the Society’s 357-year history. Professor Sebsebe is recognised for his lifelong work on promoting Ethiopian biodiversity.
20 Jul 2018
Prof. Sebsebe becomes first African Foreign Member of the Royal Society
The weekly publication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia.
20 Jul 2018
A Week in the Horn