African Union Day flag raising is the celebration of the beauty and the resilience of Africa, Mayor Eric Adams

 African Union Day flag raising was commemorated on May 25, 2024, in New York by the Mayor of New York Eric Adams in the presence of Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohamed, the permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations, and the diplomats of several African countries.

“We celebrate today the beauty and the resiliency of Africa, “said the mayor who called for the unity of Africa. “The root of our success is unity,” he said. 

For ambassador Fatima this is not only a celebration of our rich heritage and remarkable achievement of Africa but also a celebration of Africa’s contribution and diversity. 

Abdelkader Jamoussi the consul general of the Kingdom of Morocco spoke on behalf of the African diplomats. It was an opportunity for him to talk about the challenges that Africa is facing such as limited resources and the collaboration among states. Like Mayor Eric Adams, and the ambassador Fatima Mohamed, Mr. Jamoussi has also talked about the African Union’s 2024 agenda which theme is “educate and skill Africa for the 21st century.”

They have all recognized that education must be an opportunity for all as education allows the achievement of sustainable development. The theme’s goal is indeed to build education systems in Africa that are resilient and provide access to quality, relevant, inclusive, and lifelong learning.

Edward Mermelstein is the commissioner of the mayor’s office for International Affairs. He has honored the contribution of Africans in New York City whom he said have impacted positively the city. “Without these wonderful people our city will not be wonderful,” he said.

For Famod Koney the assistant commissioner of the mayor’s office for International Affairs, “we should be proud to celebrate Africa and the diversity of Africa.” Same thing for Aissata Camara the deputy commissioner of the mayor’s office for International Affairs, who added that “the African Union Day flag raising is the uplift of the spirit of our ancestors.”

David Coulibaly the director of community affairs and disability service facilitator, office of the Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson, Hamed from New York City commission of human rights have also spoke. It was an opportunity for Benga who member of the organizing committee is to unveil the organization of African parade that will take place in August 2024.

This was the third time of the celebration of the African Union Day flag raising in New York that has always brought together African diaspora, elected officials and African diplomats.

Bazona Barnabe Bado

 

 

 

 

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