United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa
United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Cristina Duarte of the Republic of Cabo Verde as Special Adviser on Africa.
Served as Minister of Finance, Planning and Public Administration in the Republic of Cabo Verde from 2006 to 2016, Ms. Duarte brings to the position more than 34 years of leadership and strategic management experience in public policy making and in the private sector, coupled with a deep understanding of international and regional cooperation and the challenges facing African countries. She is a Member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration and High-Level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs, President Paul Kagame’s Advisory Committee on African Union Reforms, the Board of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Board of the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development at the UONGOZI Institute.
African Union Youth Envoy
Ms. Aya Chebbi, an award-winning Pan-African feminist. She is the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy and shot to global fame as a political blogger during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution. She recently received 2019 Gates Foundation Campaign Award and was named in Forbes’ 50 Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women.
She was recognized in 2018 Apolitical World’s 100 Most Influential Young People in Government and 2016 among 100 Most Influential Young Africans in the World. She received multiple awards including 2018 Young Talent of the year by UNLEASH Festival, 2017 Pan-African Humanitarian Award by Pahawards and 2016 Inspirational Woman of the Year by Women4Africa Awards.
African Youth Ambassador for Peace
Karabo Mokgonyana is a young South African woman who has committed her career to advancing social justice and socio-economic freedom through groundwork, research, advisory and high-level project coordination. She has worked with organizations like UNESCO, the British Council, Mandela Institute of Development Studies and Transparency International in social development work all in youth development. More so, she a Youth Advisory Panelist for UNFPA South Africa and is an African Youth Ambassador for Peace with the African Union. Karabo continues to steer, gender equity with Sesi Fellowship and Skill Hub.