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AU WELCOMES NEW UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 7 October 2016: The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the appointment of H.E. Mr. António Guterres, as the incoming United Nations (UN) Secretary-General.  On Thursday, 7 October 2016, Dr. Dlamini Zuma called and congratulated Mr. António Guterres, and to express Africa’s readiness to work with him to overcome continental and global challenges of peace, security and development.

The AU Commission Chairperson warmly welcomes this appointment, recognizing the extensive experience of Mr. Guterres and his friendship from the time when he was the Prime Minister of Portugal. She also appreciated his partnership with the African Union during his tenure as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 2005 to 2015.

The AU has worked with Mr. Guterres while he served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to address issues of displaced people in Africa by developing a plan of action and adopting a landmark convention for the protection of internally displaced people across Africa in 2009, as well as pushing for the right of nationality across the African continent in 2015.

As Mr. Guterres begins his term on 1 January 2017. The AU Commission wishes him continued success and looks forward to maintaining a close-working relationship with the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General.

The AUC Chairperson, once again, expresses her gratitude to the outgoing UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, for his outstanding leadership during his term of office. The outgoing Secretary-General has made remarkable strides in ensuring a responsible and accountable UN, demonstrating a strong leadership towards the implementation of Africa Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

 

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