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AU SUMMIT: Guterres Urges Stronger AU-UN Co-operation

Mr. Antonio Guterres former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees addressed the press at the stakeout after the casual meeting with member states

United Nation Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that with Africa in the lead, African Union and United Nation “can and will do more” to bolster successful cooperation throughout the African continent.

Guterres, while addressing African leaders gathered in Addis Ababa for the 30th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly, hailed the partnership between Africa and the UN as “solid and grounded on sound principles of human rights and good governance”.

The UN chief said that in just his first year in office, the UN had entered a “new era” of partnership with the AU, recalling the holding of the first UN-AU Annual Conference at the summit level.

He also noted the signing of two landmark framework agreements, respectively on enhanced partnership in peace and security, and, just Saturday, on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the AU’s Agenda 2063.