Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 March 2009

African Union Commission Chairperson Ping receives new resident representative of UNICEF



African Union Commission Chairperson Ping receives new resident representative of UNICEF


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 26, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Jean Ping, on 24 March 2009, received in audience, Ms. Akila Belembaogo, the newly appointed Head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Addis Ababa Liaison Office, at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Mr. Ping congratulated Ms. Akila for heading such an important organisation which he said, is represented in many areas of social activities within Africa. He indicated that, his objective is to orientate AU’s vision into concrete programs in the areas of Peace and Security, youth development, promotion of Gender amongst other socio-economic and political matters. “The African Union Commission needs the participation of all development actors to fully implement its vision and missions”, Mr. Ping emphasised.


The Chairperson of the Commission further reiterated the African Union’s commitment to collaborate with UNICEF at the level of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the Commission, to combat the problem of child trafficking, violence against women, HIV/AIDs, amongst other societal ills, so as improve the living conditions of the Africans.


In her capacity as Resident Representative and representative of UNICEF to the African Union, Ms. Akila underscored the need for both organisations to work hand in hand to enhance the development and integration of the continent. She said her office is planning to meet the Commissioners and Officials of the AUC in the near future to identify areas of cooperation and embark on their implementation.


Ms. Akila also outlined the different activities and programmes covered by UNICEF within the continent. She said UNICEF has, as part of its strategic plan, a coordination mechanism aimed at supporting the African Union in its development programmes. 




SOURCE : African Union Commission (AUC)



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