EYEAFRCIA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: United Nations Secretary General António Guterres on Saturday signed a framework agreement with the Chairperson of African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, to facilitate overriding priority for both organizations to eradicate poverty.
Speaking to reporters in New York, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said the two leaders signed the framework for the implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The agreement was signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during the 30th Assembly of the African Union.
Haq reported that the Secretary-General said “the partnership with the African Union was a strategic choice for the UN and that the UN stands with the African Union and recognises its leadership as it tackles African problems.”
During his three-day visit, Secretary-General Guterres also attended a number of high-level meetings on South Sudan, ending hunger, women, and combatting terrorism. He also met with a number of Heads of State and Government and Foreign Ministers, including those from Ethiopia, Angola, Libya, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and South Sudan among others.
Secretary General Guterres reaffirmed UN’s strong commitment to the countries and people of Africa. Haq said he discussed with reporters the need for “a redesign of peacekeeping forces, and for them to be better equipped, better prepared, better led, more able to protect populations and themselves, but also to have adequate mandates and political and financial support.” Guterres also stressed the need for “adequate support to African forces in peace enforcement and in counterterrorism operations, with strong mandates from the UN Security Council and predictable funding.”