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 established fact that Africa is a continent endowed with many blessing, the most important ones being its population, a vibrant combination of youth and women, and its economic potential.
Those driving forces and agents of renewal are today raising to the challenge to silence the guns and to foster the development of our Continent in its length and breadth.
Over the years we understood that the achievement of this task prescribes that we have to work collectively and bring together our efforts.
As Algeria assumes the chairmanship of the African Group during the month of March, a month full of important activities on various issues, the ultimate objective remains to promote continued coordination in order to make Africa's voice not only heard but listened to. The foregoing objective points to the necessity for our Group to act as one, to engage its partners as one, and to be an active part for a Greater Africa within the United Nations.
In this vein, our yearly rendezvous, the African Group retreat, shall be another opportunity to reassess our action and project our vision for the year 2020 and beyond.
H.E Mr. Sofiane Mimouni
Ambassador, and Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations
Chair of the African Group of Permanent Representatives at the United Nations
for the month of April 2020