Six Interesting Tidbits regarding Ethiopia & the United Nations
— Ethiopia was among the 50 founding members that signed the United Nation into being in San Francisco on June 26, 1945.
— On November 21, 1949, Ethiopian voted solo against a UN proposal (48-1 with nine abstained) to permit a ten year Italian administration over Somaliland.
— On December 2, 1950, the UN voted 46-10 for Eritrea to be federated with Ethiopia. This was called Resolution 390A(V). The Soviet Union was among those to oppose the federation that was scheduled for September 15, 1952. The first official provincial flag for Eritrea significantly resembled the United Nations flag.
— Ethiopia first participation in a UN mission to Korea in 1951 and the Congo conflict in 1960. It has in recent years sent observers to Rwanda, Liberia, and most recently Sudan.
— Ethiopia Emperor Haile Selassie first addressed the United Nations on October 4,.1963 in what became one of most quoted UN speeches in history after the speech was turned into a vocal hit by reggae great Bob Marley called War.
— On November 14, 1997 the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations approved the consulative status of the International Rastafarian Development Society as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The group was one of 86 organisations approved, including the right-wing US National Rifle Association and the Liberal American Civil Liberties Union. The Rastafarian movement regards the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie as a divine incarnation of God. (Photo: The first Eritrean flag introduced during the 1952 Federation borrows from the United Nations flag)