“Winds of hope” blowing in Africa, Secretary-General tells African Union    

“If you want to see winds of hope blowing, look at Africa,” the Secretary-General wrote in a tweet ahead of attending the African Union Summit in Addis Abeba over the weekend. He underscored the AU’s efforts to “silence the guns” by 2020 and stressed that the UN’s surge in diplomacy for peace is producing results. “The fruits of our strategic partnerships are indeed making a difference,” the Secretary-General said, citing agreements between Ethiopia and Eritrea, in Central African Republic and in South Sudan, among other advances. He stressed his determination “to forge ever closer ties between the United Nations and Africa”. The Summit focused on the theme of finding durable solutions to forced displacement. The Secretary-General commended Africa for setting a “gold standard for solidarity” on this crucial global challenge. While in Addis, he also attended the Africa Leadership Meeting on Investing in Health.

The headquarters of the African Union in Addis Abeba. UN Photo / Antonio Fiorente

Remarks at the Session of the Assembly of the African Union: https://bit.ly/2GiDY9m

Remarks at the Africa Leadership Meeting on Investing in Health: https://bit.ly/2S6hlX4

Women and girls in science needed to change “male-dominated power relations”

On Saturday, also in Addis, the Secretary-General met participants of the African Girls Can CODE Initiative. He also issued a message on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, observed on Monday. “We need girls & #WomeninScience to change the male-dominated power relations in the world,” the Secretary-General wrote on Twitter.

The Secretary-General with a participant of the African Girls Can CODE Initiative. UN Photo/ Antonio Fiorente 

Message: https://bit.ly/2EbQWDE

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People

On Friday, the Secretary-General delivered remarks at the opening session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. He commended the group for “keeping the focus on the ultimate objective” of a just and peaceful solution with two States coexisting in peace and security, stressing that “this is the only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people” and repeating “there is no Plan B”.

Remarks: https://bit.ly/2IdVxJC

Statements and Messages

On World Radio Day: https://bit.ly/2TSHCdk

On the Prespa Agreement: https://bit.ly/2SV61Sk

Senior Appointments

Shannon Hader of the United States as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, Programme, of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS): https://bit.ly/2S0xJIG

Chandramouli Ramanathan of India as Controller, Assistant Secretary-General for Programme Planning, Finance and Budget in the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance: https://bit.ly/2SWnYjd

Major General Mehari Zewde Gebremariam of Ethiopia as Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA): https://bit.ly/2UV8FVo

Next Week

On Thursday, the Secretary-General will speak at the opening of the 2019 session of the Special Committee on Decolonization. On Friday, he will speak at the Opening of the UNA-USA’s Global Engagement Summit.