UN and Africa: focus on UN Africa Week

Maged Abdelaziz. UN File Photo/Evan Schneider

Africa's "ambitious agenda" backed by UN

Africa's plan to create a free trade zone across the continent will be fully supported by the UN, according to a senior official working on the deal. Senior politicians have set a target of 2017, for the Continental Free Trade Agreement to be implemented. It's one of the top issues being discussed during Africa Week 2015. Daniel Dickinson began by asking Maged Abdelaziz, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa, to describe this week's agenda.

Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Development aid must benefit women

The international community is being urged to put commitments to gender equality into action by ensuring that development assistance to post-conflict countries also reaches women on the ground. The appeal was made by Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, the Special Envoy on Gender at the African Development Bank (ADB). Ms Fraser-Moleketi, who is from South Africa, was a panellist at a UN meeting looking at what impact a UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, has had on the continent. Dianne Penn caught up with her following the event.

Weapons recovered from civilians in Malakal. UN File Photo/JC McIlwaine

Africa committed to "silencing the guns" by 2020

Although Africa is on the path to economic development and greater integration, conflict continues to be a "big obstacle" to progress, according to a senior officer with one major regional organization. Daniel Yi-fru Senta-yehu, Senior Peace and Security Adviser at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), is in New York for Africa Week. He was one of those taking part in a media roundtable on "Silencing the Guns in Africa," which looked at the African Union's ambitious pledge, to end all wars by 2020. Dianne Penn asked him what this means for the East Africa-focused eight-country IGAD group.

Presenter: Matthew Wells
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10’00″


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