ADDIS ABABA, 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 in recognition of his leading role in championing the empowerment of women.
The award was presented to him here Tuesday at the opening of the 29th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU), which is being held at AU heaquarters in Addis Ababa this week.
Guinean President and current AU Chairperson Prof. Alpha Conde, who made the announcement, explained that the decision taken by UNECA to confer the award on President Akufo-Addo was in recognition of your efforts in promoting gender equality at the continental level”.
The President was earlier this year appointed Chairperson of the AU’s Committee on Gender and Development, by President Conde.
President Akufo-Addo is in Addis Ababa to attend the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government 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 Africa’s Agenda 2063 � The strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK