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.
Djibouti is proud and honored to assume the Chairmanship of the African Group in New York.
The African Group has a vital role to play in fostering meaningful action at the United Nations that help promote stability, prosperity, independence, and security on the African continent.
▪ My vision is to build on the efforts of my predecessors and further cement the achievements and tackle new challenges and emerging issues. I thank my immediate predecessor, H.E. Anatolio Ndong Mba, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea;
▪ To continue sharpening our strategy to ensure in mobilization of adequate support by the United Nations and the International Financial Institutions to our continent which continues to be hit by direct and indirect impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our focus will be on access to the COVID-19 vaccine for Africa to prevent further transmission and deaths from the virus;
▪ To foster a sharp, rich, and dynamic collaboration with the UN Agencies and develop a substantive input in their priorities and objectives for the continent;
▪ To continue refining the method of work of the African Group in New York with the ultimate objective of maximizing its impact at the United Nations;
▪ While I pledge to contribute to the best of my ability, I count on the invaluable support of the members of the Group.
H.E Mr. Mohamed Siad Doualeh
Ambassador, and Permanent Representative of Djibouti to the United Nations
Chair of the African Group of Permanent Representatives at the United Nations
for the month of December 2020