Ambassador Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco in New York, acceded wednesday to the presidency of the African Group at a ceremony in the Group’s Presidency of African ambassadors to the UN, between the outgoing President Ambassador permanent Representative of Madagascar Zina Andrianarvielo-Razafy and Ambassador Omar Hilale.
Morocco “will strive during this presidency, to promote the interests of Africa in the negotiations on the review of peacekeeping operations processes and peacebuilding” Hilale pointed out in a statement Thursday.
In addition, he continued, the Kingdom “will ensure the promotion of the African position in the negotiation process of the post 2015 development agenda.”
This process of “paramount importance” for Africa, will be launched by the scheduled meeting by the President of the General Assembly from 19 to 21 January 2015. It will coordinate the African position for the preparation of the Summit on Climate Change held in Paris at the end of this year.
Two other priorities are on the agenda of the African Group that is the careful preparation of the United Nations Conference on Financing Development, scheduled in Addis Ababa in July and preparation of the Global Humanitarian Summit proposed by the Secretary General of the United Nations for 2016 and including three African regional preparatory meetings would be held in 2015.
In addition, Ambassador Omar Hilale chair the African Group during this very busy time of the year, and will be the spokesman of Africa pronouncing African speech at UN meetings during his presidency.