The Group of African States, or African Group, is one of the five United Nations regional groups and is composed of 54 Member States from the African continent. The African Group is the largest regional group, and compose 28% of all United Nations members
The Group, as with all the regional groups, is a non-binding dialogue group where subjects concerning regional and international matters are discussed. Additionally, the Group works to help allocates seats on United Nations bodies by nominating candidates from the region.
The Group, as with all the regional groups, plays a major role in promoting the region's interests. It provides a forum for Member States to exchange opinions on international issues, carry out follow-up on the topics that are being discussed in international organisations, build common positions on complex issues and prepare statements reflecting the joint position of the Group.
However, most importantly, the Group allows for the discussion and coordination of support for candidates for different United Nations organisations from the region.
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Côte D'Ivoire
- DR Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Gambia (Republic of The)
- São Tomé and Príncipe
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- United Republic of Tanzania
|Kenya||1 January 2021 — 31 December 2022|
|Niger||1 January 2020 — 31 December 2021|
|Tunisia||1 January 2020 — 31 December 2021|
Economic and Social Council
|Liberia||1 January 2021 – 31 December 2023|
|Angola||1 January 2019 — 31 December 2021|
|Benin||1 January 2020 — 31 December 2022|
Human Rights Council
|Ivory Coast||1 January 2021 — 31 December 2023|
|Burkina Faso||1 January 2019 — 31 December 2021|
|Libya||1 January 2020 — 31 December 2022|
Presidency of the General Assembly
Every five years in the years ending in 4 and 9, the African Group is eligible to elect a president to the General Assembly.
The following is a list of presidents from the Group since its official creation in 1963:
|Year Elected||Session||Name of President||Country||Note|
|1969||24th||Angie E. Brooks||Liberia|
|1979||34th||Salim A. Salim||United Republic of Tanzania||Also chaired the 6th and 7th emergency special, and 11th special sessions of the General Assembly|
|1984||39th||Paul J. F. Lusaka||Zambia|
|1989||44th||Joseph Nanven Garba||Nigeria||Also chaired 16th, 17th and 18th special sessions of the General Assembly|
|1994||49th||Amara Essy||Côte d'Ivoire|
|1999||54th||Theo-Ben Gurirab||Namibia||Also chaired the 22nd, 23rd and 24th special sessions of the General Assembly|
|2009||64th||Ali Abdussalam Treki||Libya||Also chaired the 29th special session of the General Assembly|
|2014||69th||Sam Kahamba Kutesa||Uganda|
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