ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
The African Union (AU) has congratulated Bience
Gawanas of Namibia, on her nomination to serve as the United
Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Africa.
Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Tuesday announced the
appointment of Gawanas as Special Adviser on Africa, and she
will succeed Maged Abdelaziz of Egypt.
The Chairperson of
the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and his Deputy, Kwesi
Quartey, together with the entire AU family have extended
warmest congratulations to Gawanas on her nomination to serve at
her position, according to an AU statement.
“I wish to warmly
congratulate our sister Bience Gawanas for being appointed to
this important position to which she brings her formidable
continental experience as a former Commissioner of Social
Affairs and as a legal scholar and an advocate for social
justice and equity in her native Namibia,” said Faki.
“Africa will be well
served and we look forward to working with Ms Gawanas and the
rest of the United Nations family to further our common agenda
for Africa,” he added.
Gawanas is currently
Special Adviser to Namibia’s Minister of Poverty Eradication and
Social Welfare, and prior to this, she was Special Adviser to
the Minister of Health and Social Services.
A champion of
women’s health and rights in Africa, she has been commended for
her role in initiating far-reaching campaigns, such as the
continental Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal
Mortality in Africa (CARMMA), recalled a UN statement released
in connection with her appointment.
Gawanas has served
as Commissioner for AU Social Affairs, whereby she was
responsible for advocacy, as well as the harmonization and
coordination of regional and continental policies and programs
promoting social development.