Published On: Wed, Mar 6th, 2019

Nigeria assumes Chair of African Group at UN

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Nigeria has assumed the Chairmanship of the African Group at the
United Nations for the month of March 2019, succeeding the Republic of
Benin.
The Nigerian Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United
Nations, Tijjani Bande, took over from his counterpart for the
Republic of Benin, Jean-Claude do Rego, at a ceremony at the African
Union Observer Mission in New York.
Mr Bande pledged Nigeria’s commitment to strengthening the African continent.
The Nigerian envoy also said his focus as Chairman of the African
Group would be to convey the views of the African Union at the United
Nations and globally.
“The focus of the Mission of Nigeria is to help to continue the work
of consolidating Africa’s position on a number of common important
issues from the point of view of the continent.
“These positions are questions like Security Council reform, positions
we take in relation to the Status of Women, and issues relating to
Peace and Security around the globe.
“The whole idea is to strengthen the African voice.
“The voices actually are of the African Permanent Representatives but
occasionally, collectively, we need to make a statement for the
continent and to defend the continent’s interests,” Mr Bande said.
The Ambassador/Permanent Observer of African Union to the United
Nations, Fatima Kyari-Mohammed, said the Chairmanship position of the
African Group was very important in projecting Africa’s voice at the
United Nations.
Ms Kyari-Mohammed said: “The monthly leadership allows us to have
somebody that can help us with the coordination of the various
priorities for that month.
“This is to ensure that we follow through on the various priorities
for us and most importantly, when it comes to projecting our positions
at the UN.”
According to her, there are a number of different platforms where
Africa needs to speak as a group.
She said the African Mission, through the African Group, ensured that
Africa’s positions as a group are integrated to ensure that they are
understood by all UN Member States, projected and then followed up.
Earlier, Mr Rego had commended Nigeria for its contributions to
Africa’s integration, describing the country as a ‘pride’ of Africa.
The Republic of Benin’s envoy also expressed confidence that the
quality of interaction among the Member States of the continent would
be enhanced under Nigeria’s leadership.(NAN)

 

 

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