Kwesi Quartey urges closer AU-UN collaboration to realize development aspirations

Thomas Kwesi Quartey
Thomas Kwesi Quartey

The African Union (AU) on Thursday called for deeper collaboration with the United Nations (UN) in areas ranging from policy formulation and implementation so as to enable concrete, measured and immediate actions for the realization of flagship continental and global development agendas.

The statement was made by Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission on Thursday as he called for deeper collaboration between the UN and the 55-member pan African bloc from the policy formulation stage to implementation in an effort to realize the major aspirations of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the AU’s 50-year continental development Agenda 2063. Noting the crucial need among the two organizations to work in “tandem towards concrete, measured and immediate actions for the realization of Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030,” Quartey also stressed that as the decade 2020 to 2030 has been declared by the UN as a Decade of Action, “the fiery urgency is now and time and tide waits for no one,” an AU statement issued Thursday quoted Quartey as saying.

Quartey, referring to the AU’s theme of the year 2020 “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development,” also emphasized that conflict is one of the biggest challenges inhibiting the implementation of Agenda 2063. “Silencing the guns is not only about peace and security, but it’s also about inclusive sustainable development and the observation and maintenance of Human Rights across the board,” the AU official stressed. He also said that the resonance of the United Nations’ SDGs 2030 and the AU’s Agenda 2063 “has been reinforced by internal developments such as the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA), a major game-changer for the development of the continent.”

The AU Commission deputy chairperson also enumerated practical steps the AU Peace and Security Council has developed to silence the guns across the African continent, which includes good governance and the political will of leaders to take tough decisions, enabling inclusive education to create a literate and numerate Africa as well as policy formulation based on verified statistics and data. He also emphasized the inclusive involvement of women, children, and the civil society in the daily development discourses and actions on Africa so as to realize the continental aspirations towards sustainable development and stability.

Quartey also stressed that the “optimism, enthusiasm and energy of youth and women remain untapped resources that have to be brought to the fore to achieve the Agenda 2063 and realize the Africa we want.”

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