Guterres says Africa is ‘source of hope’ for the world

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. /VCG

The UN Secretary-General on Saturday said that Africa was “a source of hope” for the world, highlighting the examples of the African Continental Free Trade Area and the Decade of Financial and Economic Inclusion for African Women.

According to Guterres, for the last 20 years, the African Union (AU) “has helped to bring this hope to life, in order to enable the continent to realize its enormous potential.”

The UN chief addressed the 35th Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the AU, taking place in Addis Ababa this weekend, via a video message.

He is being represented in the Ethiopian capital, by Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed. Guterres further added that the collaboration between the UN and AU “is stronger than ever”, with the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and Agenda 2063 (Africa’s blueprint for a peaceful, integrated, and more prosperous continent) as the central pillars.

The Secretary-General argued that “injustice is deeply embedded in global systems”, but it is Africans who “are paying the heaviest price.”

In regard to vaccination,Guterres called upon people to get vaccinated and further highlighted the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Force (AVATT) and the benefits that greater vaccine production in South Africa and other African countries will generate

UN chief reiterated on the need for peace across the continent that can also work as an engine for recovery.