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Addis Ababa, 25 August 2017:  The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Department today concluded a four-day review of its Compliance Policies with a United Nations (UN) team of experts at the AU Headquarters, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The review meeting included the finalization of the AU Draft Policies on Conduct and Discipline and on the Prevention and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) in Peace Support Operations (PSOs). The objective of the review meeting was to exchange views with the UN team on experiences and best practices on compliance with International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL) in PSOs. 

During the four-day review meeting, presentations were made by both the AU and UN teams on existing Compliance and Accountability Frameworks and experiences, followed by a review of the AU Policies on Conduct and Discipline and SEA. These policies are aimed at ensuring all personnel serving in AU field missions uphold the highest standards of conduct and accountability in the implementation of PSO mandates. Additionally, the meeting agreed on a joint plan on how to facilitate follow-up processes which include ensuring adequate capacity within the AU and its PSOs for the implementation of the AU compliance framework and processes.   

 

Furthermore, the meeting agreed on the need for expediting the ongoing consultative processes towards the finalization and eventual adoption of the Draft AU Compliance Policies. It also provided guidance on how the AU and UN could forge an institutionalized partnership in the enhancement of compliance in PSOs. This predictable partnership is in line with joint AU-UN strategic framework documents, including the 19 April 2017 Joint AU-UN Framework on Enhancement of Peace and Security in Africa. The outcome of this consultative process will inform a Consultative Workshop with the African Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs) and Troop and Police Contributing Countries (T/PCCs) in September 2017 to incorporate their inputs into the Draft Compliance Policies.

At the end of this review meeting, the UN Team was received by Amb. Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, who appreciated the UN support and placed high emphasis on the importance of this exercise and urged for its speedy finalization.

 

Posted by Abraham Belayneh

Last updated by Lulit Kebede

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