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The High Level Retreat of the AU PW provided participants with the opportunity to examine the state of affairs in Africa, paying attention to the underlying causes of conflicts in the context of global socio-economic development trends. Delegates noted that the general African situation was improving, despite the challenges of ongoing conflicts in the DRC, Mali, the Sahel and the situation between South Sudan and Sudan. Additionally, there was consensus on the need to address these conflicts, although they were not necessarily equally applicable to all countries. The panels and councils of the wise from the RECs were encouraged to engage African governments in efforts to sensitise them on the need to proactively address these underlying causes of conflict.
Delegates also applauded the efforts of the AU PW in linking directly and substantively to similar panels and institutions at the level of the RECs, noting the positive examples given of joint information and fact-finding missions and pre- and post-election missions undertaken; as well as the active participation of the RECs in the AU panel’s thematic work and related workshops.

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