“It is high time for Africa to tell its own story”, words of the Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations, Ambassador Tete Antonio at the launch of www.africaconnectonline.com in the Friars Club on Friday, September 18, 2015 in Manhattan.
The presentation of the first AfricaConnect Online Global Achievement Awards and the launch of the website were organized in recognition and celebration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the takeoff of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on September 25th, 2015 at the UN Headquarter.
UN Ambassadors and diplomats of mainly the African Group and CARICOM, as well as dignitaries representing the UN General Secretariat, besides private sector and business envoys from New York, Washington DC, Texas, California and the Atlanta region, attended the event.
AfricaConnect Online is a new and the only internet based information network that has positioned itself to play a key role in promoting the main developmental processes at the United Nations Headquarters and its many agencies, programs and agendas with a focus on Africa and the African diaspora all over the world.
In addition to high-level United Nations events and major political developments, AfricaConnect Online will highlight proceedings that are regularly underreported, but are of major importance to Africa’s development.
AfricaConnect Online will be about educating, informing and fetching development to Africa by allowing Africans all over the globe to connect with each other, and their roots trough authentic African cultures, arts, entertainment, interviews with African movers and shakers, and providing a “voice” mainly to be heard on two continents, Africa and the Americas (as well as the Caribbean).
The CEO and Owner of africaconnectonline.com Dede Omon a self-made entrepreneur, touched on her personal struggles, while growing up as an Uromi village girl in Nigeria and the numerous hardships girls and women need to go through, in order to be active part of the development processes in their countries.
Ambassador Henry Mac Donald (the Permanent Representative of Suriname to the United Nations and adviser to africaconnectonline.com) mentioned during his remarks; that in order to eliminate poverty and to achieve dignity for all Africans respect for all human rights should be ensured. He articulated that: ”presently women and girls are still dis-proportionally and systematically deprived of their basic rights. The plague of violence against women and girls is a critical barrier to sustainable development and must therefore receive immediate attention. This problem is worldwide however Africa has specific challenges, consequently girls also need to be educated, as well as the empowerment of women and men to overcome various injustices and to achieve gender equality.”
The Top entertainer Sheimyrah Mighty performed her famous songs “Every Women Every Child” and “The Impossible Dream”, while the evening was hosted and moderated by the eminent Dr. Judy Kuriansky.
The Recipients of the first AfricaConnect Online Global achievement Awards were:
- H.E. Sam Kahamba Kutesa (President of the Sixty Ninth Session of the UN General Assembly);
- H.E. Macharia Kamau (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kenia to the UN);
- H.E. David Donoghue (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN);
- H.E. Csaba Korosi (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN);
- Ms. Amina J. Mohammad (Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General);
- Mr. Thomas Gass, (Assistant Secretary General for Policy Coordination at DESA);
- Mr. Nikhil Seth (Director of UN DESA).
New York, August 18, 2015