South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the G20’s decision to accept the African Union as a permanent member.
Ramaphosa said the move was a “significant step” towards ensuring that the voices of African countries are heard in the global decision-making process.
He added that the G20’s acceptance of the AU was a recognition of the continent’s growing economic and political importance.
The AU’s membership of the G20 comes at a time when the world is facing a number of major challenges, including climate change, poverty, and inequality.
Ramaphosa said that the AU would use its new position to advocate for the interests of African countries and to promote sustainable development.
He also called for an enhanced and expanded Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, which is a framework for international cooperation on sustainable development.
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development is supported by the concrete policies and actions outlined in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.
The Addis Ababa Action Agenda is a set of commitments made by countries to mobilize resources for sustainable development.
Ramaphosa said that the G20 must play a leading role in implementing the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and in addressing the challenges facing the world today.
He added that the G20 must also ensure that the voices of African countries are heard in the global decision-making process.
The G20 is a forum for the world’s 20 largest economies. It is a major forum for international economic cooperation.