UN chief urges support for good governance efforts in Africa

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) speaks at inaugural high-level event on "Strengthening Partnerships for Inclusive Sustainable Development, Good Governance, Peace and Stability in Africa", on the occasion of Africa Week. Peter Thomson (left), President of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly looks on. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The international community needs to support African countries as they strive to improve good governance, the UN Secretary-General has said.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking on Monday at the inaugural event for Africa Week at the United Nations.

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN chief said governance systems in Africa are improving, especially through the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). 

Heads of State implemented the voluntary self-assessment initiative in 2003 to share and reinforce best practices. 

However, Mr Ban stated that weaknesses are still visible. 

For example, while many countries have organized multi-party elections, he noted that their credibility has been questioned. 

And some leaders have also taken what he characterized as "dubious steps" to stay in office beyond their constitutionally mandated terms. 

"The international community needs to support African countries, working with all relevant national and regional stakeholders, including the APRM, to improve good governance, and the conduct of elections and to ensure that civil society has the freedom to play its vital role." 

Mr Ban added that 14 African states are among countries that have ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change. 

He said their support has contributed to its entry into force next month. 

Dianne Penn, United Nations. 

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