The secretary-General of the United Nations, António, advised the African Union – formerly the Organization of African Unity to collectively work with United Nations to strengthen their ability to detect and defuse crises before they escalate and sharpen their tools for addressing their causes.
Guterres made the call ahead of the ‘Africa annual commemoration day of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity, which will take place tomorrow on, May 25 2018. The day is celebrated in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world.
According to Guterres, “Africa is increasingly driving its own future. The guiding vision for Africa’s development is the African Union’s Agenda 2063. Fully complementary to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Agenda 2063 provides a foundation for resilience and social and economic progress for the entire continent.”
He added that the United Nations is fully committed to supporting Africa’s effort, citing that the two organizations have in the past year signed frameworks on peace and security.
The United Nations, he said, will also work to support the African Union’s commitment to “Silence the Guns” by 2020 and promote the indispensable role of women and youth in conflict prevention and peace building.
In March this year, Africa’s leaders launched the African Continental Free Trade Area, representing one of the largest markets in the world, with 1.2 billion consumers.
The Free Trade Area was to boost regional integration, drive economic growth, generate jobs for young Africans, alleviate poverty and lead to more stable and peaceful societies.
“Across Africa, entrepreneurship is up, access to education has increased and child mortality has declined. More women are serving in parliaments, and economic growth in several countries is greater than in other parts of the world.” Guterres added.
He therefore urged all nations to support a peaceful and prosperous Africa as he believes “What is good for Africa is also good for the world.”