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The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), has named President Akufo-Addo, as the “AU Gender Champion” for 2017.
President Akufo-Addo was given this 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.
Making the announcement, President of Guinea, Prof. Alpha Condé, who is also the Chairperson of the African Union, explained that the decision taken by UNECA to confer the award on President Akufo-Addo is in recognition of his efforts in gender equality at continental level.
Prior to the receipt of this award, the President had, earlier this year, 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; of road map practical steps to silence guns in Africa by 2020; the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA); and the implementation of Agenda 2063.
The Heads of State also considered proposals from the AU Reforms Committee, headed by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, aimed at reforming the continental body, so as to make it more relevant to the needs and aspirations of African.