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.
I am humbled and honored to serve the African Group for the first time since I took office as Permanent Representative earlier this year. The group has been relentlessly working towards strengthening the African position, voice, and vision within the United Nations fora as well as in the decision-making process.
In this respect, it is highly important to ensure that Africa keeps extending its physical, visible, tangible presence and influence at the United Nations at every level.
While celebrating 75 years of multilateralism, and Africa day on May 25th, as Chair, it will be an opportunity to continue advocating for African values and make sure to keep the momentum on key issues for the continent, particularly regarding the implementation of the United Nations 2030 agenda and the 2063 agenda, Climate change, the Digital divide, the reform of the Security Council and the crucial reform of OSAA.
Like my predecessors, I am taking this chairmanship in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I will follow in their footsteps to plead in favor of equal access to the vaccine, resource mobilization, and a sustainable economic recovery in a post-COVID economy.
Also, bearing in mind the growing impact of Climate change across Africa and our commitment to achieve sustainable development, the two High-level meetings to be convened this month on “the fight against desertification, land degradation, and drought” and on “Culture and Sustainable Development”, will require our special attention and insight.
Finally, as the United Nations has just paid tribute to Marshal Déby, late President of Chad who passed away on 20 April 2021, I would like, on behalf of the Group, to express our sympathy to the Government, the people of Chad, and his family. We salute, once again, his commitment to peace and security, in the Sahel region, in Africa, and in the world. May his soul rest in peace.
H.E Mr. Issimail Chanfi
Ambassador, and Permanent Representative of Comoros to the United Nations
Chair of the African Group of Permanent Representatives at the United Nations
for the month of May 2021