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.
It is an honor and a legitimate pride for me to assume, on behalf of Cote d’Ivoire, the rotating presidency of the African Group to the United Nations in New York for February 2021, after the brilliant presidency of Djibouti.
I extend my warm congratulations to my predecessor, H.E.M. Mohamed Siad Doualeh, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Djibouti, for his leadership and his remarkable conduct of our activities from December 2020 to January 2021.
I would like to thank my distinguished fellow Ambassadors, Permanent Representatives who honored me by entrusting me with the Presidency of the African Group and assured me of their commitment to support me in fulfilling my duties, in order to promote the interests and positions of our continent in the UN ecosystem.
I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to my sister, Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Representative of the African Union Observer Mission to the United Nations and to her dedicated team, whose skills and valuable support will be essential to me.
During this presidency, I intend to pay particular attention to COVID-19 related challenges, which has profoundly impacted political, economic, and social dynamics at global level.
I will therefore spare no efforts in pursuing the following objectives:
The continuation of relevant initiatives undertaken by my predecessors during their presidency of our group, in particular the organization of "cycles of African conferences"
Strengthening advocacy in favor of access of the African continent to COVID-19 vaccines
The Mobilization of funding for post-covid-19 reconstruction
The Support of the African Group to the reform of the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa of the United Nations Secretary-General.
I would like to assure you of my full and determined commitment and want to be able to count on your precious and invaluable support for the success of this presidency
H.E Mr. Leon Kacou Adom
Ambassador, and Permanent Representative of Cote d'Ivoire to the United Nations
Chair of the African Group of Permanent Representatives at the United Nations
for the month of February 2021