New York – Adonia Ayebare, the Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations (UN) has been elected Chair of the esteemed Africa Group of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, for the month of September 2019 which also marks the beginning of the 74th Session of the General Assembly.
The election comes at a time when Africa takes over the Presidency of the UN General Assembly, with Prof. Tijjani Muhammed Bande Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as President of General Assembly.
Ambassador Ayebare takes over from Amb. Omer Mohamed Ahmed Siddig, the Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations and pledges to continue the efforts started, and carried out by his predecessors with utmost determination, devotion and dedication.
Ayebare also hopes to utilise the Office of the Chair of the Africa Group to further strengthen and encourage the continued cordial relations in the African Group in the United Nations to be able to drive the agenda of the “Africa we want” and in achieving Agenda 2063.
He further pledges the continued support of the Government of the Republic of Uganda in advancing Africa’s priorities, promoting a strong and cohesive African voice at the United Nations through the African Group and looks forward to a fruitful month of September.
One of the key objectives of this esteemed group will be to advocate and advance the positions in order to ultimately achieve Agenda 2063.
It also seeks to offer more support to the President of the 74th Session of the General Assembly during his tenure especially now that Africa represented by Nigeria will be holding the Presidency.
Adonia Ayebare has been Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations since March 2017. Before that, he served as the Senior Adviser on Peace and Security at the African Union’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations in New York.
His diplomatic career began in 2001 when he was appointed as Uganda’s Principal Adviser and Special Envoy to the Burundi peace process, serving in that capacity until 2008.
Between 2002 and 2005, he served as Uganda’s Ambassador and Head of Mission to Rwanda and Burundi.
In 2005, he was transferred to Uganda’s mission at the United Nations, based in New York, serving as Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d’affaires until 2008.