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.
The Kingdom of Morocco advocates for a strong positioning of the African Group at the United Nations with regards to the fundamental issues of peace and security, respect of human rights and sustainable development in Africa. The Kingdom promotes a reforming posture of African cooperation, in particular through the revitalization and diversification of South-South and Triangular cooperation that are necessary for sub-regional and regional integration in the African Continent.
The COVID-19 health crisis and the geopolitical developments in the world have had unprecedented socio-economic effects, as well as, a real impact on the dynamics of international cooperation, including in Africa. Within the framework of its presidency of the African Group during the month of July, which coincides with the High Level Political Forum (HLPF 2022), Morocco aims to strengthen the voice of Africa on the main priority issues for the Continent, in particular: climate action, financing for development, Financing of peacekeeping operations, food security, energy transition, combatting desertification, empowerment of African women, management of water scarcity as well as the strengthening of blue economy in our Continent, in light of the conclusions of the United Nations Conference on the Oceans which took place in June 2022 in Lisbon.
Morocco will spare no effort, within the framework of its African presidency, in order to strengthen and increase the visibility of the Group's participation in the sessions and key meetings of ECOSOC, to maintain dialogue with development partners and to promote innovative solutions adapted to the socio-economic realities of the Continent. Morocco counts on the support and the cooperation of all the members of the African Group at the United Nations.
H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations
President of the African Group for the month of July 2022