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African Union membership in G-20 major economies picks up U.S. support from Biden administration

At last month's G-20 summit hosted by Indonesia, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa pushed for A.U. membership as a needed step to confront climate change.

The African Union's headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The African Union's headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AN/Solen Feyissa / Unsplash)

U.S. President Joe Biden's administration will announce the United States' support for enlarging the Group of 20 major economies to include the African Union, according to a senior administration official.

The 54-nation A.U., a continental union headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is a needed voice and deserves a permament seat in the G-20 intergovernmental forum that represents 80% of the world's GDP, according to Judd Devermont, the White House National Security Council's senior director for African affairs.

“It’s past time Africa has permanent seats at the table in international organizations and initiatives,” Devermont said. “We need more African voices in international conversations that concern the global economy, democracy and governance, climate change, health, and security.”

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