UN ready to implement recovery engines in Africa

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United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres elaborated on “four engines of recovery”, including peace when he addressed the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government 35th assembly at the weekend.

The top UN man delivered his address by video to the Addis Ababa gathering where he was represented by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.

Guterres named the four engines as peace, vaccination, reforming the global financial system and green recovery.

Guterres told African leaders peace across the continent can be an engine for recovery.

In multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural states across Africa, he believes the AU “is about showing how people can co-exist – even flourish – by working together”.

This, he said, requires “inclusive and participatory structures” and member states need to make them a reality through good governance.

Guterres said 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 central pillars.

The Secretary-General told his audience “injustice is deeply  embedded in global systems”, but Africans “are paying the heaviest price”.

He pointed out the vaccination rate (against COVID-19) in high income countries is seven times higher than in Africa adding “a morally bankrupt global financial system abandoned the countries of the South.”

“The unethical inequalities that suffocate Africa fuel armed conflict, political, economic, ethnic and social tensions, human rights abuses, violence against women, terrorism, military coups and a sentiment of impunity.”.

These are among factors contributing to millions of people displaced across the continent and many of its democratic institutions in peril.