12 February 2019

Africa a Global Beacon of Hope in Peace Building - UN

Addis Ababa — UNITED Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said Africa has set an example to the rest of the world in terms of peace and conflict resolution.

Guterres was speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia following peace deals by some warring African neighbouring countries and successful elections in some local countries affected by instability.

He mentioned the reconciliation between Eritrea and Ethiopia, polls in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Madagascar and Mali recently as well as peace agreements that have been established in South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR).

The above-mentioned elections were held amid forecasts of tragedy but took place in peaceful contexts.

"And this is the moment in which the wind of hope is blowing in Africa," Guterres said after a meeting with the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki.

Guterres believes the AU is on course to eradicate conflicts within the continent by next year, under its so-called mission to silence the guns by 2020.

"And I believe Africa is becoming an example, an example where it is possible to solve conflicts and it is possible to prevent conflicts," he said.

He added, "And this wind of hope, I believe, can then be extended to other parts of the world."

Guterres nonetheless noted Africa and the rest of the globe were losing the war against climate change.

"This can be a disaster for Africa and for world," he warned.

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