The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Sierra Sierra Leone, Prof. David J. Francis has today, 19th January, 2022 in Kampala, Uganda delivered opening remarks at the Senior Officials meeting of the Ninth Ministerial-Level Meeting of the African Union Committee of Ten ( C-10) Heads of State and Government at the Speke Resort, Munyonyo, Kampala. The meeting was co-chaired by Sierra Leone and Uganda.
In his remarks, the Minister extended President Bio’s fraternal greetings to His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Government and the people of the Republic of Uganda, thanking them for hosting the meeting; commending their invaluable and unyielding efforts in ensuring that the continent achieves its ultimate goal of United Nations Security Council Reform.
“Impressive progress has been made in terms of canvassing, promoting and speaking with one voice, but the reform agenda cannot be achieved overnight. Africans should remain committed in upholding African Common Position and maintaining its integrity; and there is a need to continue speaking with one voice about a clear roadmap for effectively advancing the Common African Position on the United Nations Security Council reform” the Minister said.
The Minister also commended President Bio for his role as the Chair and Coordinator of the C-10 and his consistency in demonstrating strong leadership and commitment in the pursuit of the C-10 mandate as well as in advancing the objectives of the African Common Position in the reform of the UN Security Council.
In attendance were the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda, Hon. Gen. Abubakar Jeje Odongo; Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner Designate to Uganda with residence in Kenya, Madam Isatu Aminata Bundu; Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, HE Alhaji Fanday Turay; Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, HE Adekunle Joliff Milton King; African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs Peace and Security, Ambassador Bankole Adeoye; and Permanent Representatives from the C-10 countries to New York.
Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to United Nations, HE Alhaji Fanday Turay gave a comprehensive overview of the intergovernmental negotiations in the UN system. He expressed profound gratitude to all C-10 members for the collective focus and commitment in advancing the Common African Position on the Reform of the UN Security Council as enshrined in Ezulwini Consensus and Sirte Declaration.
The Meeting concludes with the Ministerial segment on Thursday 20th January 2022.
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