he Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) announced its collaboration with the Group of 20 (G20) members on health-related matters. This milestone comes on the heels of the decision to grant the African Union (AU) permanent membership in the G20—a development hailed as a momentous event for Africa’s role on the world stage.
The Africa CDC, a specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, sees this achievement as a testament to Africa’s growing prominence as a significant player in global affairs. With a population of approximately 1.4 billion people and boasting the planet’s largest free trade area, Africa is poised to champion its unique causes and concerns.
One of the primary responsibilities bestowed upon Africa CDC, in line with its mandate as the continental public health institution for Africa, is to represent African countries at the G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting. This representation aligns with the AU’s goal of ensuring that the voices and interests of African nations are heard and considered in international forums.
The decision to grant permanent membership to the AU in the G20 reflects a broader commitment to addressing critical global issues. The G20 has reaffirmed its dedication to eliminating hunger and malnutrition, nurturing digital health ecosystems, and strengthening global health systems through the One Health approach. Additionally, the G20 has been praised for its unwavering support for local manufacturing of vaccines, medicines, diagnostics, and consumables, a critical step in enhancing pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response capabilities worldwide.
The Africa CDC vows to utilize its newfound position to advance shared values and advocate for Africa’s interests not only within the G20 but also across other multilateral organizations. This represents a pivotal moment for Africa to play an even more prominent role in shaping the future of global health and cooperation.
The unanimous decision to grant the AU permanent membership in the G20 was reached during the inaugural session of the G20 summit held in New Delhi, India. This historic move is set to reshape international dialogue and collaboration, with Africa’s voice now firmly entrenched in the global health arena.
As Africa takes its seat at the G20 table, the world can anticipate a more inclusive and comprehensive approach to addressing health-related challenges, ultimately fostering a healthier, more resilient planet for all.