UN Under-Secretary-General discusses future of Africa at FDU

Above: UN Under-Secretary-General Cheick Sidi Diarra, at left, and Vice Provost for Global Learning Dr. Jason Scorza talk the future of Africa.

By Kenna Caprio

For the final discussion of its UN Pathways Forum lecture series, the Office of Global Learning welcomed UN Under-Secretary-General Cheick Sidi Diarra to Fairleigh Dickinson University on November 30. Diarra spoke on “Unleashing Africa’s Potential” and was joined by Vice Provost for Global Learning, Dr. Jason Scorza.

Focusing on the potential of the women and youth of Africa, which make up 50 and 65 percent of the population respectively, Diarra discussed the progress and efforts for sustainable growth on the continent. “Forcing people in power to changes attitudes will take more years,” he said.

Nations must ultimately take responsibility for development, “in Africa, by Africa and for Africans,” said Diarra.

Right: Vice Provost for Global Learning Dr. Jason Scorza greets UN Under-Secretary-General Cheick Sidi Diarra.

Diarra also currently serves as the Special Advisor on Africa, and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

In Diarra’s decade-long experience working with the United Nations he acquired firsthand knowledge and experience in the intergovernmental process. His aim was to strengthen the role in economic and developmental matters within the United Nations.

He co-chaired on the Economic and Social Council that resulted in the adoption of the General Assembly resolution 61/16. He also contributed to the outcome of the 2005 World Summit and the Millennium Development Goals.

The event took place in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, at FDU’s College at Florham.

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