UN, AU must “build new bridges” to deliver development agenda

The United Nations and the African Union (AU) must work closer together to deliver on the promises of the sustainable development agenda for Africa and its people.

That’s what the Deputy-Secretary-General, Amina J Mohammed, said today at the 28th African Union Summit taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The AU’s thematic focus at this Summit on youth; with a call on leaders to invest more in young people to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for Africa.

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

The United Nations Deputy Chief, Amina J Mohamed, told leaders from across the African continent on Monday that the UN and the AU must “build new bridges and fortify the ones that already exist.”

The former Minister of Environment of Nigeria was addressing the AU Summit for the first time since becoming the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN.

The UN and AU’s common goal would be to deliver on the promises of the development agenda for Africa and its people, she said.

“For the 226 million young people aged 15 to 24 living in Africa today, these agendas address challenges and opportunities that are integral to their futures. The challenge of eradicating poverty and achieving inclusive and sustainable growth has spurred Africa’s steady pursuit of transformative sustainable development.”

Ms Mohamed also recalled that the AU’s thematic focus on youth is a “powerful reminder” of the core principal at the heart of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It’s also essential to Africa’s vision for the next 50 years articulated in “Agenda 2063” which seeks to create a better world for the next generation.

The deputy UN chief also highlighted ongoing efforts to enhance the UN’s partnership with Africa’s regional economic communities in areas of peacekeeping, elections and democratic transitions.

Source: United Nations Radio