African issues

17 April 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to virtual IMF/World Bank High-level Meeting Mobilizing with Africa

I thank the African Union, International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group for bringing us together to Mobilize with Africa.

Let me begin by expressing my total solidarity with the people and governments of Africa in the epic global effort to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.  

I commend your early action. 

The African Union and the African continent have shown unity and leadership – two of the most scarce commodities at the present time. 

We need to target every ounce of energy against COVID-19.

15 April 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at virtual meeting with the African Group

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to start by expressing my full solidarity with the people of Africa and with your governments in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The crisis has wide-ranging implications, and the United Nations and African countries are working together across many challenges and concerns at this time. 

I want to thank you for your continued generosity towards refugees and migrants, as well as for the hospitality you extend to United Nations staff throughout the continent.

08 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Opening remarks to the media at the African Union Summit

[Bilingual as delivered]

08 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the “She Stands for Peace” book launch

Dear Friends,
 
Twenty years ago, thanks to the advocacy of women peacebuilders and particularly those in Africa, the United Nations Security Council adopted the landmark resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
 
This was the first-time women were recognized not only as victims of war but as people with their own agency and expertise, who are valuable assets to findings peaceful solutions to conflict.
 
Since then, there have been nine additional Security Council resolutions on WPS and several African Union instruments have been put in place.

08 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the "Blue Economy" event

I thank the Republic of Seychelles for bringing us together to highlight the importance of – and threats to – the world’s oceans and maritime environments.
 
The world’s oceans are a massive resource for sustainable development and a crucial buffer against climate change. 
 
The Blue Economy has been described as the “new frontier of African Renaissance”, with the potential to create wealth, promote trade, generate economic growth and transform lives.

08 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Remarks at High-Level meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,
 
In 1995, African women made their voices heard during the Beijing World Conference on Women.
 
It was a pivotal moment for global recognition of the rights of women and girls.
 
African women were also instrumental in advocating for the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 on women peace and security two decades ago, which recognised the vital contribution of women to the pursuit of peace and called for their inclusion in all levels of negotiation processes.
 

09 February 2020, Addis Ababa

Remarks at the 33rd African Union Summit

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28 August 2019, Yokohama

Remarks to Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VII)

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
All protocols observed,
 
I am pleased to be with you for this Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which coincides with the beginning of the Reiwa era in Japan, an era of beautiful harmony – by the way, a harmony we need badly all over the world.
 
I thank Japan for its commitment to Africa, as exemplified by TICAD.