Africa must ‘eradicate corruption’, UN secretary-general tells AU summit

Guterres additionally urged African leaders to prioritise the empowerment of girls on the continent, saying the affairs of Africa and different components of the world remained male dominated.

Guterres, who spoke a couple of minutes earlier than SA president Cyril Ramaphosa formally assumed the place of AU chairperson for the subsequent yr, mentioned the event of African girls also needs to begin receiving particular consideration from the continent’s leaders.

“We’d like significant engagement of girls and ladies.

“On the high of the thoughts is the query of poverty, we nonetheless reside in a male-dominated world. That’s the reason we have positioned gender parity on the centrepiece of our reforms and gender equality and the development of girls a high precedence of all UN values.”

In his acceptance speech on Sunday, Ramaphosa additionally listed the financial empowerment of African girls entrepreneurs as one of many high coverage agenda objects Turning to the problem of local weather change, Guterres bemoaned the fact that Africa was the least contributor to local weather change however was essentially the most adversely affected by altering climate patterns.

Guterres mentioned he wished to see extra formidable measures to deal with the local weather change downside.

“We’d like extra ambition is mitigating local weather change.”