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The African Group

Message from the Chair

The Member States in the United Nations General Assembly are divided into various geographical groupings. These are the groupings through which elections are conducted into various UN bodies and agencies.


Africa is allocated 3 non-permanent members of the Security Council, 14 members on ECOSOC, 13 Members on the Human Rights Council and the President of the General Assembly in years ending 4 and 9. 


The Africa Group at the United Nations is made up of the 54 African Union Member States at the United Nations. The bloc coordinates its efforts on various topics, ranging from health and migration to issues of peace and security.


The group hold regular meetings to receive briefings from guests and UN officials and discuss on UN resolutions and topics so a common African position can be reached. 


The group is chaired by an Ambassador from a Member State, with the position rotating monthly. The African Union Observer Mission serves as a coordinating secretariat for the group by arranging meetings, supporting the Chair, and generally providing logistical and administrative assistance where necessary. 




At the start of this new year, the Senegalese chairmanship intends to pursue the efforts led by its predecessors and still undertake bold initiatives to better reposition Africa in the United Nations system, in the best interest of its aspirations.  

The African Group must better stick to the continent's priorities on economic and social development issues, in line with the UN 2030 and AU 2063 Agendas.
Through an appropriate review of our working methods and building on the relevant conclusions of the recent African Ambassadors' Retreat, our Group should bolster its standing within the UN system, including through the promotion of African initiatives, the cooperation with other regional groups, and the partnership with relevant UN bodies.

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H.E. Mr. Cheikh Niang

Ambassador and
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Senegal to the United Nations

President of the African Group for the month of January 2023

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