Former Mozambican President, Joaquim Chissano


PRESS RELEASE 15 January 2014

An Open Letter to Africa’s Leaders

“I urge our leaders to draw from the lessons of the past, but also to heed current realities. And to look ahead to what the future is calling forth – because this new development agenda will affect the lives of millions of our people at a very critical time for Africa.


I encourage leaders to take a strong stand for fundamental human rights, and advance the trajectory for basic freedoms.


This means pushing for three priorities that lie at the heart of sustainable development: the empowerment of women and gender equality; the rights and empowerment of adolescents and youth; and the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people.”

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