The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), has named Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as the “AU Gender Champion” for 2017.
President Akufo-Addo was given the award at the opening ceremony of the 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union, which is currently on-going in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
While making the announcement, the President of Guinea, Prof. Alpha Condé, who is also the Chairperson of the African Union, explained that the decision taken by UNECA to confer this award on President Akufo-Addo is “in recognition of your efforts in gender equality at continental level.”
“It was for this reason that UNECA named President Akufo-Addo as the African Union Gender Champion for the year 2017,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo had earlier in 2017 been appointed as Chairperson of the AU’s Committee on Gender and Development, by the AU Chairperson, President Alpha Condé.
President Akufo-Addo is currently participating in the AU meeting of Heads of State, which is taking place under the theme, “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth.”
Issues being discussed include: institutional reforms of the AU; roadmap of practical steps to silence guns in Africa by 2020; the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA); and the implementation of Agenda 2063
The leaders will also focus on strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years.
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