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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. 







« En ma qualité de Président du Groupe Africain, j'estime que dans une Afrique unie, prospère et ouverte au monde, la paix et le développement durable sont les piliers sur lesquels se construit un avenir florissant pour tous. A cet égard, je m'engage à œuvrer pour le renforcement de la cohésion du Groupe afin de donner des réponses appropriées au multilatéralisme. »

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H.E. Mr. Zéphyrin Maniratanga

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

President of the African Group for the month of May 2024

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