UNESCO awarded Dr Abiy Ahmed Félix Houphouët-Boigny Prize

UNESCO awarded Dr Abiy Ahmed Félix Houphouët-Boigny Prize

BY Frezer Zewude

The President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Her Excellency Sahle-work Zewde, announced that UNESCO awarded Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Prize for peace.

President Sahilework, released this news in her official opening speech for the occasion of 26th World Freedom Day 2019. Dr Abiy is selected for the award for the work he did in pursuit of peace. The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Prize for Peace goes to individuals and organizations who have actively contributed to bring peace. President Sahilework stated in her speech saying “Today we are here to celebrate new achievements and to discuss the challenges too”.  

Before the above announcement, His Excellency Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission expressed his warm appreciation to Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed by calling him ‴The Young Prime Minister‴. Dr Abiy is applauded for the changes he brought so far for the promising working environment for the press and for press freedom. In his speech, Thomas Kwesi Quartey mentioned that lots of dynamic moves, including released journalists from prison who were accused of doing their work and speak for masses, are recognized.

She explained how Ethiopia has improved its status from 150th to 110th in 2019 world press freedom index.

Thomas K. Quartey also said that “I hopefully expect that Ethiopia will be one of the top 20 nations in world press freedom index for the coming year.”