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New York: Emmanuel Macron speaks to Africa

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Monday, 08 October 2018

New York: Emmanuel Macron speaks to Africa

On Wednesday 26 September, Emmanuel took to the stage to a wave of applause at Goalkeepers 2018 – an event organised by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Le Monde Afrique partner) on the margins of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly – hand-in-hand with DJ Switch, the Ghanaian boy who is already an African celebrity at the tender age of 10. The move was no accident. It sent out a powerful signal at this year’s youth-themed event, which sought to shine a light on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the UN in 2015 with a view to ending poverty and inequality by 2030. “We have the biggest youth ever in the world. There are 1.8 billion people under 30 and the large majority of this youth is African,” said the French President in a conversation with billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, before an audience of development actors, campaigners, NGO representatives and politicians from more than 50 countries. Macron cut a much more relaxed figure than the previous day in his address to the UN, reiterating his call to “choose the path of multilateralism” and advocating for more investment in development, especially in Africa. “If we merely make speeches every year, nothing will change (...). We have to invest. It’s good for the planet, and it’s good for you too,” he said. The French President, the star guest of the second Goalkeepers event, recalled the three pillars that underpin efforts to tackle global poverty: education, health and climate change. “We’re behind on the goals we set in the Paris Agreement. We’re already seeing the early consequences of climate change,” he warned.

Source: Source: lemonde.fr