Assembly/AU/Decl.1(IV)
DECLARATION OF APPRECIATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY
GENERAL
We, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, meeting in
the Fourth Ordinary Session of our Assembly, warmly congratulate our friend
and brother Mr. Kofi Anan, Secretary General of the United Nations for being
present at our Summit. We appreciate his leadership of the UN during the last
seven years of his tenure and particularly the process of reform of the
Organization which he has set in motion.
In that context, we take note, with considerable satisfaction, of his
appointment of a High Level Panel to consider and make recommendations on
Threats, Challenges and Change, facing the United Nations.
The report of the Panel, which is now the subject of intense focus
throughout the world, including Africa, we believe will make a major
contribution to the repositioning of the UN to respond more effectively to the
demands of the present time. Africa, which expects much of the UN, is in the
process of studying the recommendations in their totality and making its views
known to the Secretary General.
We renew, yet again, our confidence in the ability of the Secretary
General to successfully conclude his tenure of office, and wish him “bon
courage”.
Done in Abuja, 31 January 2005

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