Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam from Eritrea is one of only a handful of African female Permanent Representatives of their countries to the UN in New York. In Africa Renewal’s series profiling the African women representing their countries at UN Headquarters, she spoke with Zipporah Musau about her priorities, the challenges so far and why she is keen on bringing a fresh narrative of her country to the world. Here are excerpts: Continue reading Eritrea at the UN: Rebuilding Towards a Fresh Narrative→
Sophia Tesfamariam Yohannes, the new Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the United Nations, presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.
Before her latest appointment, Ms. Tesfamariam was Executive Director of the United States Foundation for the Horn of Africa in Washington, D.C., beginning in 2005. Between 1998 and 2005, she worked in the administration division of the Boeing Company in Leesburg, Virginia, United States. She was a credentialing specialist for PHP Healthcare in Reston, Virginia, from 1989 until 1998.
Ms. Tesfamariam was co-editor of Diaspora, a monthly digital and print magazine providing news and analysis tailored to the global African diaspora communities with a focus on women and youth in development.
She has considerable global experience in social development, having conducted more than 100 seminars and workshops for women and young people in the United States, Europe and Africa.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Western International University in Phoenix, Arizona, in the United States.
Born in Asmara, Eritrea, on 25 May 1960, Ms. Tesfamariam is married and has three children.
Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam, Permanent Representative of the State of Eritrea to the UN with rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, presented her credentials to the UN Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, yesterday.
At the occasion, Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam and Mr. Antonio Guterres discussed ways and means of strengthening ties between Eritrea and the United Nations.
The UN Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, commended Eritrea’s vital role in the enhancement of regional peace and stability, and, expressed his best wishes for further progress in the years ahead.
Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam also delivered message of goodwill from President Isaias Afwerki to the UN Secretary General.
Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam, Permanent Representative of the State of Eritrea to the UN with rank of Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary, presented her credentials to UN SG Antonio Guterres, yesterday. Both sides discussed ways & means of strengthening Eritrea-UN ties pic.twitter.com/hoegivoPXX
UNSG, Antonio Guterres, commended Eritrea's vital role in the enhancement of regional peace & stability, and, expressed his best wishes for further progress in the years ahead. Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam delivered message of goodwill from President Isaias Afwerki to the UNSG. pic.twitter.com/LmCrGzBhYX
As a prolific writer & regular columnist for PROFILE, MOI's bi-weekly English Newspaper, Ambassador Sophia has rendered irreplaceable professional services to our readers in the past years.The Ministry of Information thus congratulates Amb. Sophia & wishes her the best of success pic.twitter.com/TzjQ3Dj36H
Eritrean eloquent writer and activist Sophia Tesfamariamtogether with Horn of Africa Expert Elias Amaremade an excellent and extensive interview with the popular University of Toronto Community (CIUT 89.5 FM) Radio talk show program – the Taylor Report – hosted by the increasingly influential Phil Taylor.
Professor Ali A. Mazrui, Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies and Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities State University of New York, in his 2003 article “Between Pax Americana and Pax Africana“, wrote about the effects of the September 11 attacks on Africa and US policy in Africa . Professor Mazrui, in concluding his article asked the following:
“…will American resources help to strengthen Pax Africana, or will American power simply turn it into a handmaiden of Pax Americana ? How can we avoid the Americanization of Pax Africana ?…”
The Independent Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) delivered its final and binding delimitation and demarcation decisions on 13 April 2002 and 30 November 2007 respectively.
Emboldened by the diplomatic, financial, military and political shield and support it receives from the United States and its allies, the belligerent minority regime in Ethiopia continues to militarily occupy sovereign Eritrean territories, including Badme, the casus belli of the Eritrea Ethiopia border conflict in 1998-2000. Continue reading Eritrea Resists 10 years of Ethiopian Occupation and Aggression→
The other day, I was talking to an Ethiopian friend of mine who found himself apologizing for the minority regime’s latest diplomatic faux pas. He was referring to the latest Ethiopian “diplomatic” charade at the UN Security Council. He was having a hard time understanding how any Ethiopian would stop so low as to deprive Eritreans of the right to development. No apologies necessary. I told him that Eritreans know full well that the people of Ethiopia never harbored such evil and willful thoughts about Eritrea or Eritreans. I explained to him that the “crab mentality” was unique to the minority regime in Ethiopia and its ignominious leaders.