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.
First of all, I would like to extend my warm congratulations to the outgoing President, His Excellency Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Botswana for his leadership and the brilliant manner in which he chaired our group during June.
I would then like to thank all the fellow Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives for their congratulatory messages but above all their availability and their commitment to support me during July to defend everywhere the interests of our Group, and even of the African continent.
It is also an opportunity for me to greet our sister, Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Representative of the African Union Observation Mission to the United Nations and her team as well as the coordinators of African experts in the main bodies, without which the Group president could not achieve the objectives set.
Since March 2020, we have lived in the era of the COVID19 pandemic with its multiple impacts and this situation, which is at the center of our concerns, will have to be followed with the greatest attention by our Group to ensure that our interests are defended and taken into account in this new global context.
Beyond this particular attention, the presidency for July will focus on monitoring and processing the pending issues whose interest for our Group is no longer to be demonstrated, but also working on the work in progress.
Among the pending issues:
- The review of our Group's working methods;
- The question of candidates and human resources in the organs of the United Nations;
- The A3 briefing to the group on the work program of the Security Council;
- Strengthening the impact of the Group during the 74th session of the General Assembly;
- The group's contribution to the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.
Besides, the High-Level Political Forum will hold from 7th to 17th July 2020 and will see the participation of fourteen (14) African countries out of forty-seven (47) registered. These countries will present their national voluntary examination and will no doubt share their experiences in the very specific context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moreover, given the importance of issues related to peace and security on our continent, a follow-up on the various negotiations on financings will be ensured, and briefings will be organized for a better appropriation of the different topics.
I cannot finish without renewing my thanks and reminding you that the success of the Presidency depends on all of us. I, therefore, know that I can count on the support and accompaniment of all my colleagues as well as those of their collaborators to carry out the mission entrusted to me
H.E Mr. Yemdaogo Eric TIARE
Ambassador, and Permanent Representative of Burkina-Faso to the United Nations
Chair of the African Group of Permanent Representatives at the United Nations
for the month of July 2020