Peace and Security Department, African Union, ending conflicts and sustaining peace in Africahttp://www.peaceau.org/Peace and Security, African Union, RSS FeedenThursday 12 December 2019 Thursday 12 December 2019 5Peace and Security Department, African Union, ending conflicts and sustaining peace in Africahttp://www.peaceau.org/images/logo-african-union-peace-and-security-by-kodjo-en.gifhttp://www.peaceau.org<![CDATA[Communique of the 899th meeting of the PSC held at ministerial level, on 5 December 2019, in Luanda, Angola, on the theme: “National Reconciliation, Restoration of Peace, Security and Rebuilding of Cohesion in Africa”]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/communique-of-the-899th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-at-ministerial-level-on-5-december-2019-in-luanda-angola-on-the-theme-national-reconciliation-restoration-of-peace-security-and-rebuilding-of-cohesion-in-africaAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 899th meeting held at ministerial level, on 5 December 2019, in Luanda, Angola, on the theme: “National Reconciliation, Restoration of Peace, Security and Rebuilding of Cohesion in Africa”.    

]]>
2019-12-05 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/communique-of-the-899th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-at-ministerial-level-on-5-december-2019-in-luanda-angola-on-the-theme-national-reconciliation-restoration-of-peace-security-and-rebuilding-of-cohesion-in-africa
<![CDATA[Youth for Peace Ethiopia: Cross-Regional Dialogue and Experience Sharing Workshop, Building the capacity of Young People in nation building, governance and peacebuilding efforts]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/joint-press-release-youth-for-peace-ethiopia-cross-regional-dialogue-and-experience-sharing-workshop-building-the-capacity-of-young-people-in-nation-building-governance-and-peacebuilding-effortsAddis Ababa, 29 November 2019: As part of wider efforts to build the capacity of young people in nation and peacebuilding processes, the Youth for Peace (Y4P) Africa Program of the African Union Commission, managed by its Peace and Security Department, in collaboration with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Ministry of Peace (MoP) of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, convened a two-day workshop themed: “Youth for Peace Ethiopia: Cross-regional Dialogue and Experience Sharing with youth representatives from Ethiopia and across the continent, from 26 to 27 November 2019, at the AU Headquarters.

]]>
2019-11-29 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/joint-press-release-youth-for-peace-ethiopia-cross-regional-dialogue-and-experience-sharing-workshop-building-the-capacity-of-young-people-in-nation-building-governance-and-peacebuilding-efforts
<![CDATA[The African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation (AFRIPOL) Holds the First Meeting of the Heads of its National Liaison Offices ]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/press-release-the-african-union-mechanism-for-police-cooperation-afripol-holds-the-first-meeting-of-the-heads-of-its-national-liaison-officesAlgiers, Algeria – 28 November 2019: The African Union Mechanism for police cooperation (AFRIPOL) Secretariat held the first meeting for the Heads of its National Liaison Offices, in Algiers, Algeria, from 26-28 November 2019. The meeting enabled to clarification of the roles and responsibilities of the AFRIPOL National Liaison Offices in facilitating the implementation of AFRIPOL activities at national level.  Participants also received an update on the AFRIPOL Five-year strategic work plan (2020-2024) and the Regulations of the African Police Communication System (AFSECOM), as adopted by the Third General Assembly of AFRIPOL that was held from 2 to 3 October 2019, in Algiers, Algeria.

]]>
2019-11-28 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/press-release-the-african-union-mechanism-for-police-cooperation-afripol-holds-the-first-meeting-of-the-heads-of-its-national-liaison-offices
<![CDATA[Joint final declaration of the tripartite visit of the Chairperson of the AU Commission and the Secretaries General of the OIF and the Commonwealth, Yaoundé, November 28th 2019 ]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/joint-final-declaration-of-the-tripartite-visit-of-the-chairperson-of-the-au-commission-and-the-secretaries-general-of-the-oif-and-the-commonwealth-yaounde-november-28th-2019
1. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Secretary General of the International Organization of la Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, undertook a tripartite visit to Yaounde, Cameroon, from 26 to 28 November 2019, in order to exchange views with the national actors on the Situation in Cameroon.

]]>
2019-11-28 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/joint-final-declaration-of-the-tripartite-visit-of-the-chairperson-of-the-au-commission-and-the-secretaries-general-of-the-oif-and-the-commonwealth-yaounde-november-28th-2019
<![CDATA[Communique of the 898th PSC meeting held on 28 November 2019, on the renewal of the mandate of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) against the Boko Haram terrorist group]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/communique-of-the-898th-psc-meeting-held-on-28-november-2019-on-the-renewal-of-the-mandate-of-the-multinational-joint-task-force-mnjtf-against-the-boko-haram-terrorist-groupAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 898th meeting held on 28 November 2019, on the renewal of the mandate of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) against the Boko Haram terrorist group:

The Peace and Security Council,

Taking note of the opening remarks made by the Permanent Representative of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, H.E. Ambassador Rachid Benlounes, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the PSC for the month of November 2019, and the statement read by the AU Director for Peace and Security Department, Dr. Admore Kambudzi, on behalf of the Commissioner of Peace and Security, H.E Ambassador Smail Chergui; also taking note of the report of the Chairperson of the AU Commission on the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and AU support to the force as well as the presentation by the Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Head of Mission of the MNJTF, H.E. Amb. Mamman Nuhu;  further taking note of the statements made by the representatives of the Republic of Niger, in its capacity as the Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Gabonese Republic, in its capacity as the Chair of the Economic Community of the Central African States (ECCAS);

Recalling its earlier decisions and pronouncements on the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group and efforts aimed at eradicating it, in particular Communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM. (DCCCXVI)] adopted at its 816th held on 5 December 2018, Communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM.(CDLXXXVIII)] adopted at its 738th meeting held on 7 December 2017, Communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM.(DCCXXI)] adopted at its 721st meeting held on 28 September 2017, Communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM.(CDLXXXIX)] adopted at its 489th meeting held on 3 March 2015 and Communiqué [PSC/AHG/COMM. 2(CDLXXXIV)] adopted at its 484th meeting held on 29 January 2015;

 Also recalling the Final Communiqué of the Joint Summit of ECOWAS and ECCAS Heads of State and Government on Peace, Security, Stability and the fight against terrorism and violent extremism held on 30 July 2018 in Lomé, Togo; further recalling the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2349 (2017) which recognised the determination of the Member States of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) plus Benin to address the impact of Boko Haram terrorist activities

]]>
2019-11-28 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/communique-of-the-898th-psc-meeting-held-on-28-november-2019-on-the-renewal-of-the-mandate-of-the-multinational-joint-task-force-mnjtf-against-the-boko-haram-terrorist-group
<![CDATA[African Union Ministerial Conference on “Access to Natural Resources and Conflict between Communities” ]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/media-advisory-african-union-ministerial-conference-on-access-to-natural-resources-and-conflict-between-communitiesRepresentatives of the media in Bamako, Mali, are invited to cover the opening and closing ceremonies of the African Union Ministerial Conference on “Access to Natural Resources and Conflict between Communities”, to be held in Bamako, Mali.

]]>
2019-11-27 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/media-advisory-african-union-ministerial-conference-on-access-to-natural-resources-and-conflict-between-communities
<![CDATA[“Youth for Peace Ethiopia: Cross-regional Dialogue and Experience Sharing Workshop” 26-27 November 2019: Remarks by the Commissioner for Peace and Security Ambassador Smaïl Chergui ]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/youth-for-peace-ethiopia-cross-regional-dialogue-and-experience-sharing-workshop-26-27-november-2019-remarks-by-the-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-ambassador-smail-cherguiYour Excellency Minister of Peace, Muferihat Kamil

Esteemed participants,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure and honor to welcome you all here to the “Youth For Peace Ethiopia: Cross-Regional Dialogue and Experience Sharing Workshop.” I would like to begin by thanking the Ethiopian Government for the collaborative efforts to partner with the African Union Commission for this important initiative. I would also like to seize this moment to commend the Government and people of Ethiopia for their efforts to promote and ensure the empowerment and participation of the youth in peace and development initiatives in the country.

I am also very delighted to see our Ethiopian youth participants who have responded to the invitation to take part in this timely workshop. This is a clear demonstration of your aspirations and genuine commitment to advance the cause of peace and development in your country. Let me also express my sincere appreciation to our talented young women and men across the continent, which are playing cardinal roles towards the promotion of peace and nation building in their respective countries.

]]>
2019-11-26 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/youth-for-peace-ethiopia-cross-regional-dialogue-and-experience-sharing-workshop-26-27-november-2019-remarks-by-the-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-ambassador-smail-chergui
<![CDATA[Remarks by the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, at the 3rd General Assembly meeting of the Femwise-Africa, 26 November 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/remarks-by-the-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-ambassador-smail-chergui-at-the-3rd-general-assembly-meeting-of-the-femwise-africa-26-november-2019-addis-ababa-ethiopiaTHE 3RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING OF THE FEMWISE-AFRICA  

26 November 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

Remarks by the Commissioner for Peace and Security

Ambassador Smaïl Chergui 

Venue: Small Conference Hall 4, China Building, AUC HQ

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

]]>
2019-11-26 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/remarks-by-the-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-ambassador-smail-chergui-at-the-3rd-general-assembly-meeting-of-the-femwise-africa-26-november-2019-addis-ababa-ethiopia
<![CDATA[Press Statement of the 893rd meeting of the AU, 11 November 2019, dedicated to the annual interaction with the UN Peacebuilding Commission (UNPBC)]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/press-statement-of-the-893rd-meeting-of-the-au-11-november-2019-dedicated-to-the-annual-interaction-with-the-un-peacebuilding-commission-unpbcPRESS STATEMENT

            The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), held its 893rd meeting on 11 November 2019, which was dedicated to the annual interaction with the UN Peacebuilding Commission (UNPBC).

]]>
2019-11-20 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/press-statement-of-the-893rd-meeting-of-the-au-11-november-2019-dedicated-to-the-annual-interaction-with-the-un-peacebuilding-commission-unpbc
<![CDATA[Opening Remarks by Dr. Admore Kambudzi, Director, Peace and Security Department, AUC:16th and 2nd Steering Committee Meeting of the EU AU APSA and ERM Programmes 18-22 November, 2019 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania ]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/opening-remarks-by-dr-admore-kambudzi-director-peace-and-security-department-auc-16th-and-2nd-steering-committee-meeting-of-the-eu-au-apsa-and-erm-programmes-18-22-november-2019-dar-es-salaam-tanzania16TH STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE EU AFRICAN PEACE AND SECURITY ARCHITECTURE (aPSA) support programme

18-20 NOVEMBER, 2019

 AND

 2ND STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING on the implementation of the EARLY RESPONSE MECHANISM (erm), 21-22 NOVEMBER

 Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 

 

]]>
2019-11-18 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/opening-remarks-by-dr-admore-kambudzi-director-peace-and-security-department-auc-16th-and-2nd-steering-committee-meeting-of-the-eu-au-apsa-and-erm-programmes-18-22-november-2019-dar-es-salaam-tanzania
<![CDATA[The 896th meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council on the situation in Guinea Bissau]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/the-896th-meeting-of-the-au-peace-and-security-council-on-the-situation-in-guinea-bissauAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 896th meeting held on 18 November 2019, on the situation in Guinea Bissau,

]]>
2019-11-18 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/the-896th-meeting-of-the-au-peace-and-security-council-on-the-situation-in-guinea-bissau
<![CDATA[Press Statement of the 891st meeting of the PSC held on 5 November 2019 : Open Session on the theme: “Living Together in Peace” ]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/press-statement-of-the-891st-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-5-november-2019-open-session-on-the-theme-living-together-in-peace PRESS STATEMENT

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), dedicated its 891st meeting held on 5 November 2019, to an Open Session on the theme: “Living Together in Peace” in commemoration of Resolution A/RES/72/130 adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 8 December 2017, declaring 16 May as the International Day of Living Together in Peace.

]]>
2019-11-15 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/press-statement-of-the-891st-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-5-november-2019-open-session-on-the-theme-living-together-in-peace
<![CDATA[Communique of the 894th meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council, on the situation in the Republic of South Sudan.]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/communique-of-the-894th-meeting-of-the-african-union-peace-and-security-council-on-the-situation-in-the-republic-of-south-sudanAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 894th meeting held on 14 November 2019, on the situation in the Republic of South Sudan,

]]>
2019-11-14 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/communique-of-the-894th-meeting-of-the-african-union-peace-and-security-council-on-the-situation-in-the-republic-of-south-sudan
<![CDATA[Statement made by His Excellency Ambassador Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security at the Peacebuilding Workshop ]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/statement-made-by-his-excellency-ambassador-smail-chergui-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-at-the-peacebuilding-workshop-tuesday-12-november-2019Mr. Fernandez de Soto Valderrama, Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission
Members of the Peacebuilding Commission
Ladies and Gentleman
Dear Participants,

I wish to welcome you all to this very important workshop that takes place at a time when the African Union Commission is going through major transformation geared towards positioning it to better perform itself given mandates. As I noted in my statement to the AU Peace Security Council, on 11 November 2019, attended by the Peacebuilding Commission, which many of you attended, I am sure that you will agree that, with the changing times in the world, we need to be better prepared to address the multiple peace and security challenges facing our world.

As you are no doubt aware, the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security, signed by the Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the Commission on 19 April 2017 has provided a solid foundation for both organizations to have a predictable, systematic and strategic partnership throughout the conflict cycle. Accordingly, today’s workshop offers an opportunity to help us reflect and build on our efforts as we approach critical milestones to advance peace, security and development on the continent.

We at the African Union Commission, are very much aware of the fact that addressing the needs of countries and communities affected by or emerging from conflict is amongst the most complex challenges facing our continent. Hence efforts aimed at restoring state authority, and its ability to perform its basic functions, building trust in a new political order and governance structures, repairing the social fabric torn by violent conflict and addressing the root causes of conflict, so as to prevent relapse, are complex. They are not only complex but are also long-term processes that span peacemaking, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and development mandates and efforts. We have seen these paly out and confront us in countries like, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Central Africa Republic, Mali and DRC to name but a few.

These engagements invariably require comprehensive, integrated and inclusive politics and policies, sustained funding and engagement, and coordination among a wide array of local, national, regional and international actors. While we have made commendable strides in the past couple of years, often times our efforts have been obstructed by our inefficiency in appropriately interpreting and understanding the political and security dynamics to accurately and efficiently respond to them. At times, our efforts have been complicated by the non-inclusive and non-cooperative positions adopted by the warring parties, mainly inspired by the desire for self-preservation. Be that as it may, the experiences we have gathered over the years, in our attempts to address these conflicts, should today help use better structure our future responses for optimal results.

As we all know 2020 will mark the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture (UNPBA). This occasion will coincide with the third five-year periodic review of the architecture as mandated by the General Assembly and the Security Council. On the Continental level, 2020 is expected to witness the revitalization of the AU Policy on Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (AU PCRD), and the operationalization of the AU Centre for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (AUC PCRD), together with the conclusion of the APSA Roadmap 2016-2020, and a review of progress made towards meeting the objective of “Silencing the Guns” by 2020.

It is my hope therefore, that this workshop will effectively launch the regional consultations in Africa in connection with the upcoming review of the UNPBA in 2020. As such, it should serve as a platform to take stock of progress achieved and challenges facing the operationalization of the new peace “continuum” paradigm in the continent, through the reinvigoration of the AU PCRD and the new AU Peace Support Operations (PSO) doctrine. It should also provide a platform to examine the opportunities for further enhancing the UN-AU partnership in peacekeeping and peacebuilding, with particular emphasis on ongoing regional efforts to align PCRD and PSOs with the global transformative agenda aimed at addressing the root causes of conflict and instability.

This workshop should draw on specific case studies to elaborate the complex, context-specific nature of the political and operational environment affecting efforts aimed at building and sustaining peace. We have examples such as Somalia, Lake Chad Basin, Mali MNJTF, the CAR, South Sudan, Sudan, and UNAMID. Given the multiplicity of actors, frameworks and initiatives (e.g. UN and AU peace operations, RECs/RMs operations, ad-hoc regional coalitions, AU Liaison Offices and special envoys, the PBC country-specific and regional engagements), the workshop will address the opportunities and challenges for strengthening complementarity and coherence between all actors involved across the peace “continuum”.

As you meet today, I wish to remind you of the expected outcomes of this meetings;

a. Reaching a common understanding of the emerging multidimensional challenges and risks to peace, security and development in Africa, and how the new normative framework on sustaining peace is responding to this ever-evolving operational landscape;

b. Identifying priorities and entry points for the revitalization of AU’s normative frameworks and policies, advancing ongoing reform efforts, and enhancing coherence and complementarity between the AU and REC/RMs;

c. Identifying the progress made and challenges facing the UN’s work on peacebuilding and sustaining peace in the context of the Secretary-General’s reforms and prevention agenda;

d. Taking stock of the developments in the nature and scope of the PBC’s advisory role, in particular to the SC during the formation, review and drawdown of peacekeeping operations and special political missions mandates; in support of the regional dimensions of peacebuilding; and in enhancing practical partnerships with regional and sub-regional actors, in particular the African Union;

e. Examining the extent to which the commitments stipulated in the A4P Shared Commitments concerning the impact of peacekeeping on sustaining peace can be further elaborated and operationalized (drawing on the Cairo Roadmap and the guidelines stipulated in S/PRST/27/2017, S/PRST/20/2018); and

f. Advancing the UN-AU partnership across the peace-development continuum on the operational level.

I thank you for your kind attention and wish you successful deliberations.

]]>
2019-11-12 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/statement-made-by-his-excellency-ambassador-smail-chergui-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-at-the-peacebuilding-workshop-tuesday-12-november-2019
<![CDATA[Press Release on the AMISOM Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) Consultative Meeting. ]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/press-release-on-the-amisom-troop-contributing-countries-tccs-consultative-meetingAddis Ababa, 9 Nov 2019: The African Union Commission and Troop Contributing Countries to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) held an internal consultative meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 8 November 2019, hosted by the African Union (AU) Commission. The Meeting was chaired by the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui and attended by Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission to Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francesco Madeira, Chiefs of Defense Forces/Staff (CDF/S) of AMISOM Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) - Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

The meeting was convened to consult within AMISOM TCCs in light of the developing progress in the implementation of the Somali Transition Plan (STP) and the requirement on AUC and AMISOM TCCs, arising out of the UNSCR 2472 and AU PSC Communiqué of its 865th meeting of 9 August 2019 and strategic issues influencing the effectiveness of the Operations in AMISOM.

The meeting received briefings from the AMISOM Head of Mission, on the current progress on the implementation of the STP and from the AMISOM Force Commander (FC), highlighting the success on Joint Operations with SNA, and FCs future operational plans and noted operational challenges.

The meeting appreciated sacrifices of the TCCs including the TCCs who have committed non AMISOM troops and capabilities to support efforts to degrade Al Shabaab and support stabilisation efforts in Somalia. It was agreed that all efforts be undertaken to support the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) to raise the Somalia Security Forces, a critical factor in the handing over of security to Somalia Security Forces; intelligence acquisition capability be enhanced at all levels and forces be re-organised to swiftly deal with Al Shabaab.

It was agreed that such internal consultations be held regularly, every three months and that in the subsequent meetings, next in January 2020, CDF Somalia National Army, the Heads of Police of the AMISOM Police Contributing Countries and Head of Somali Police Force be invited to attend.

]]>
2019-11-11 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/press-release-on-the-amisom-troop-contributing-countries-tccs-consultative-meeting
<![CDATA[Statement made by His Excellency Ambassador Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security to the African Union Peace and Security Council and United Nations Peacebuilding Commission Interactive Dialogue, Addis Ababa, Monday 11 November 2019]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/statement-made-by-his-excellency-ambassador-smail-chergui-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-to-the-african-union-peace-and-security-council-and-united-nations-peacebuilding-commission-interactive-dialogue-addis-ababa-monday-11-november-2019Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council for the month of November, H.E. Amb. Rachid Benlounes, Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Amb. Guillermo Fernandez de Soto Valderrama, Assistant Secretary-General, Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco,
Distinguished Members of the AUPSC,
Members of the Peacebuilding Commission,

Excellencies, permit me to express sincere gratitude to the Chairperson and members of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC), for the opportunity accorded to both the African Union and the United Nations, to reflect and focus on opportunities and progress that concern our strategic partnership which is essential to conflict prevention and sustainable peace on the continent. That said, I wish to convey my deep gratitude to the dedication and tireless efforts of the UN Peacebuilding Commission as stewards of global peace and to commend the work being done in Africa.

The partnership between the AU and the UN is bearing fruit in different African countries, including the Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Madagascar and Mali, and it can only grow in stature and strength. I wish to note here that both organizations have made a commitment to work together towards the implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 sustainable development agenda, in recognition of the nexus between peace, security, human rights and development. The increasing collaboration between the Peacebuilding Commission and our Peace and Security Council is commendable. I believe that a successful implementation of post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding on the continent requires the active engagement of both organizations in order to take advantage of existing resources, mechanisms, processes and synergies.

As you may recall, at an Ambassadorial-level informal interactive dialogue held in New York on 18 July 2018 between the Peacebuilding Commission and the Peace and Security Council, deliberations during the dialogue revolved around the need to institutionalize regular Peacebuilding Commission and PSC interactions by holding annual meetings between the two entities.
As well, an earlier interactive dialogue between the Peacebuilding Commission and the PSC held on 7 December 2017 welcomed the engagement between the Commission and the Peacebuilding Commission which would go a long way to drive the agenda of preventing conflict and sustaining peace on the continent as captured in the Joint United Nations – African Union Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security, signed by the Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the Commission on 19 April 2017. This framework has provided a solid foundation for both organizations to have a predictable, systematic and strategic partnership throughout the conflict cycle. This is very necessary given the pressing challenges facing the continent. Accordingly, I welcome today’s opportunity to help us reflect and build on our efforts as we approach critical milestones to achieve and advance peace, security and development on the continent.

I am confident that our efforts in sustaining peace have laid a firm and solid foundation to build on achievements realized at a time when the review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture in 2020 offers an opportunity to take stock of progress achieved and to identify challenges and implementation gaps.

In my view, if we are to concretely consolidate gains made thus far, we will have to continue dedicating due attention to addressing root causes and tackling socio-economic dimensions of conflict, taking into account the voices of affected communities including women and the youth when designing interventions for sustained resilience and livelihood options for communities on the continent.

As a continental organization, our approach in post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding has seen the bolstering of our roles through various mechanisms. At the core of the Commission’s Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) is the need to build sustainable resilience with a view to enhancing structural transformation in order to prevent relapse. In this regard, the Commission continues to deploy efforts to support countries emerging from conflicts or those in challenging transitions.

Through its Inter-departmental Task Force on PCRD, it ensures an effective coordination of strategic policy guidance and implementation in preventing conflict and building resilience of communities affected by conflict. Throughout, we are working more closely with Regional Economic Communities and Mechanisms in the development of strategies and programmes for their regions, the development of key policy instruments as well as strengthening partnership with the United Nations and other stakeholders.

Operationally, our Liaison Offices play a key role in preventing conflict and sustaining peace; in Burundi, CAR, DRC, Gambia, Mali, South Sudan, Madagascar, and soon in Liberia as well.

Additionally, the deployment of gender experts from the FemWise-Africa network to two of our Liaison Offices in October 2019 is a further demonstration of the Commission’s intent to promote women’s participation in political dialogue, peace and security. Ten of our offices shall have experts deployed by next year.

Our mediation mechanism has grown in stature and the newly operationalized African Union Mediation Support Unit can also play an important role in ensuring that special envoys have the necessary tools, expertise and operational support to backstop their work on mediation in fragile and post-conflict settings.

Excellences, I wish to highlight the Commission’s commitment to ensuring women’s role in peacebuilding. The Commission’s Gender, Peace and Security Programme which aims at developing and implementing effective strategies and mechanisms for women’s increased participation in peace and security and enhancing protection in conflict and post-conflict situations, is being implemented in Burundi, the Central African Republic, Mali, Somalia and South Sudan.

On the other hand, the Commission in partnership with the Lake Chad Basin Commission played a crucial role in developing the Lake Chad Basin Regional Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience Strategy, which is a comprehensive and shared regional framework to respond to the multi-layered challenges in the Boko Haram-affected areas of the Lake Chad Basin region.

I should also add that the Commission continues to provide additional support to the Multinational Joint Task Force against Boko Haram using its own resources including equipment and funding for quick impact projects. In the same context, the Commission, in close collaboration with the Lake Chad Basin Commission and MNJTF Troop Contributing Countries, is engaging with partners and the international community to mobilize additional support, to enable the force fulfil its mandate. Once the ECCAS PCRD Strategy is finalized, the document will enhance the region’s PCRD and stabilization efforts, and would, more critically, serve as a framework to guide as a coordinated engagement of African and other actors supporting peace consolidation efforts in the region.

On the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the Commission, since June 2017, given the continued insecurity, is working collaboratively with relevant actors to develop a regional strategy for the stabilization of LRA-affected areas, based on lessons learned from the development of the Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience of Boko Haram-affected Countries in the Lake Chad Basin.

I also applaud efforts undertaken by the various Organs and the Arab Republic of Egypt for the ongoing efforts to operationalize the African Union Centre for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development before the end of the year.

Excellencies, while there have been many successes, our work has not been without challenges. As we aim to address key priorities, we must still come to terms with the common challenges that we face in the fast-changing dynamics of conflict on the continent. The complexity of the dynamic security environment on the continent requires sustained engagement that aims to build a culture of tolerance and peaceful coexistence. The emergence of new threats and challenges such as the growing sophistication of terrorism, cyber and transnational organized crimes, with the increasing impact of climate change, that have caused displacement and inter-community conflicts, needs the adaptation of our joint responses, as no single organization can do it alone. Both organizations have to continue working collaboratively to sustain peace in accordance with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

To build on our partnership, I wish to make a few observations and recommendations with a view to advance our progress to achieving durable peace on the continent.
Firstly, the strategic partnership as elaborated in the aforementioned Memorandum of Understanding gives both organizations an opportunity to strengthen this partnership so that together they can achieve and advance peace, security and development on the continent. However, operationally, the engagement between the Peace and Security Department and the Peacebuilding Support Office has been limited, resulting in minimal operationalization of the Memorandum of Understanding.
To this effect, I extend an invitation to the Peacebuilding Support Office and Peacebuilding Fund to undertake technical working visits to the Commission’s headquarters in Addis Ababa to gain a deeper understanding of our working methods and thus gain an improved understanding of the dynamics, limitations, and challenges of the Commission. Anchoring the partnership on the Commission-wide Inter-departmental Task Force on PCRD and other relevant mechanisms would provide a structured space for engagements between the two organizations and help to develop and implement action-oriented post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding initiatives.
Secondly, I acknowledge the collective responsibility to prioritize goals set out in such action plans as the Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 and encourage continued efforts towards promoting and sustaining a robust culture of peace and tolerance aimed at preventing crises and relapses.
Thirdly, I wish to underscore the need to double our efforts following the adoption of resolution 2457 (2019) which provides a foundation to rid the continent of conflict through its “Silencing the Guns in Africa by the Year 2020” initiative, and to establish a conflict-free region and make peace a reality for all Africans.
Looking ahead, we need to reflect on how we can enhance national ownership of post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding processes while also supporting our Member States’ efforts to improve accountability, inclusivity, sustainability and especially to increase the meaningful participation of women and the youth in post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding. Strengthening our strategic partnership through concrete deliverables for conflict-affected communities has a great impact on collective and community peace. By working together and increasing our investment in conflict prevention and sustaining peace, we can make Africa conflict-free possible.

As I conclude, Excellencies, the Commission stands ready to work with the Peacebuilding Commission and the Peacebuilding Support Office to further develop and enhance the implementation of peacebuilding initiatives on the continent, resulting in a more results-oriented partnership.

I thank you for your kind attention and look forward to continued engagement and interactions.

]]>
2019-11-11 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/statement-made-by-his-excellency-ambassador-smail-chergui-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-to-the-african-union-peace-and-security-council-and-united-nations-peacebuilding-commission-interactive-dialogue-addis-ababa-monday-11-november-2019
<![CDATA[Statement of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the AU Ad Hoc High-Level Committee for South Sudan (C5)]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/statement-of-the-ministers-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-au-ad-hoc-high-level-committee-for-south-sudan-c5-11. The African Union (AU) Ad Hoc High Level Committee for South Sudan (C5), comprising the Republics of South Africa (Chair), Algeria, Chad, Nigeria and Rwanda, at Ministerial level, underlines its continued support for the peace process in South Sudan.

]]>
2019-11-11 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/statement-of-the-ministers-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-au-ad-hoc-high-level-committee-for-south-sudan-c5-1
<![CDATA[Communique adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 892nd meeting held on 6 November 2019, on the situation in Guinea Bissau]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/communique-adopted-by-the-peace-and-security-council-psc-of-the-african-union-au-at-its-892nd-meeting-held-on-6-november-2019-on-the-situation-in-guinea-bissauPEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL - 892ND MEETING

6 NOVEMBER 2019
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA


PSC/PR/COMM.(DCCCXCII)

COMMUNIQUÉ

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 892nd meeting held on 6 November 2019, on the situation in Guinea Bissau,

]]>
2019-11-07 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/communique-adopted-by-the-peace-and-security-council-psc-of-the-african-union-au-at-its-892nd-meeting-held-on-6-november-2019-on-the-situation-in-guinea-bissau
<![CDATA[Remarks of His Excellency Ambassador Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security African Union -NATO Symposium on peace and security, Naples, 4 November 2019 ]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/remarks-of-his-excellency-ambassador-smail-chergui-african-union-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-african-union-nato-symposium-on-peace-and-security-naples-4-november-2019Admiral Foogo, Head of the NATO South-Hub and Allied Joint Forces Command,
Ambassador Morten Aasland,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Allied Joint Forces Command for hosting this symposium. This gathering gives us the opportunity to focus on our concerns and opportunities and indeed our partnership priorities. The African Union and NATO have enjoyed a collaborative relationship even before the signing of an agreement that led to an institutionalized engagement. Both organizations are indeed convinced of the importance of more close interaction on matters of peace support operations and capacity building. It must be noted that NATO consistently provides our military and civilian staff with training opportunities that enhance the institution’s capacity to deliver on its mandate at a technical level. Furthermore, operational support in logistical coordination and planning is an area in which NATO readily assists the African Union when needed.

Excellencies,

While we celebrate each stride in the right direction, we must still come to terms with common challenges in the security arena and the gaps in our security cooperation. As with other partners, the AU-NATO collaboration is important in addressing the growing security challenges on the continent. Allow me to highlight a few of the pressing and growing concerns we face within and across our borders on the continent:
First, let me underscore that radicalization remains one of the major threats to peace and security on the continent. Extremist groups have perfected the art of recruitment, facilitated by the use of cyber platforms and structural vulnerabilities such as poverty, ethnic and religious fissures and competing political ideologies. Extremist groups like the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram and other criminal groups use social media and online recruitment platforms to spread radical propaganda to the general public in various languages.
The sophistication of terrorist organizations does not stop at their radicalization and recruitment strategies. Over the years, these groups have morphed into well- organized shadow-governments, providing services and in some cases acting as the judge, jury and executioner. They have diversified their sources of funding and in some of the groups’ levies taxes, collects revenue from checkpoints and trades with the local population to raise funds. Some entities, such as the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM) are involved in the illegal selling of gold and other minerals, and are determined to have access to the Sea in order to secure trade routes.
The terrorists groups are also fueling inter-communal violence. In Mali, terrorists are exploiting the tensions between the ethnic Fulani against the Daousshaq. In Central Gourma (the area between Burkina Faso and Mali), the terrorist group Katiba Macina provides military training and equipment to pastoralists in their conflict with the farmers.
Unfortunately, the tools employed by terrorist groups are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Their bomb-making skills have significantly improved and “Drone terrorism” is now a reality we must grapple with. The sophistication of the terrorist organizations is a clear indication that our security-centered approach is insufficient. A recent study has indicated that our security efforts have been focused too much on protecting the state and less on protecting populations- pushing them into the arms of local militias or even terrorist organizations. Combatting the scourge of extremism demands a holistic approach that encompasses a strong political component and that takes into account the evolving global dynamics in support of our security efforts.
Secondly, there is a need to emphasis that the African continent is likely to remain vulnerable to transnational crimes including drugs, arms, as well as human trafficking as demonstrated by the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. We are also likely to experience cyber threats and bioterrorism. The worrying trend is that criminals are constantly adapting to an increasingly bipolar (I would say multipolar) world.
We see a new trend whereby Africans are selling their services as mercenaries in different conflicts on the continent or outside the continent. African mercenaries are expanding beyond war and into organized crime. The lack of laws governing these forces, which often operate outside of the control of the state, for private companies or non- African states, makes it an even bigger challenge. However, it also provides an opportunity for states to enhance and concretize collaboration. This is an issue that requires us to strengthen cooperation among CISSA member states at various levels, in order to understand this new phenomenon but also to disarm and demobilize mercenaries. As part of our prevention efforts, we also need to develop strategies to engage our youth and protect those who could fall prey to these groups and thus deprive us of the Africa we want.
Excellencies,

More can be said, particularly with regards to health pandemics such as Ebola, climate change and natural disasters, as well as food insecurity. Climate change continues to be one of the most pervasive global threats to peace, affecting security, development and peacebuilding. The effects of climate change in Africa are further exacerbating existing geopolitical tensions within the continent and affecting development strategies.
This year alone, Africa has experienced a series of extreme weather events linked to climate change, with cyclones and intense rainfall triggering massive displacement and loss of livelihoods as well as drought and desertification pushing hundreds of thousands towards extreme hunger, poverty and livelihood insecurity across Africa.
Occurring against a backdrop of ongoing and worsening political conflict and humanitarian crises across the regions, climate change is affecting the security of vulnerable communities, especially in conflict-affected contexts. For many already fragile communities, the impact is reflected in political instability, food insecurity, economic weakness and large-scale movement of people.
In an unstable environment where communities have lost their livelihoods due to the impact of a changing climate, insurgent groups can capitalize on the absence of an adequate government response by providing basic services to ungoverned spaces which then become fertile recruiting grounds.
As such, during the PSC’s 828th meeting in February 2019, the Council considered the inextricable linkages between climate change and peace and security. Acknowledging that climate change is an existential multidimensional and multilayered threat to local, national, regional and continental peace, security and stability, the Council emphasized the need for collective and holistic approaches towards building resilience and mitigating against its adverse effects.
Last but not least, maritime security remains at the heart of our priorities. Piracy, dumping of toxic waste, illegal fishing and other maritime crimes continue to pose a challenge to our collective security, particularly in the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Guinea. Allow me to take this opportunity to reiterate our appreciation to the efforts of the EU NAVFOR, which helped to curb piracy off the cost of Somalia. Looking ahead, we will work with our partners to curtail illegal activities in the Gulf of Guinea as part of the implementation of the Lome Charter on Maritime Security and Safety.
Excellencies,
As we look toward the challenges ahead, we should aim to redouble our cooperative efforts at the technical and political levels. There is no shortage of areas in which the African Union Commission and NATO can come together to strengthen joint efforts to address these key peace and security challenges on the continent.

As we know, silencing the Guns is a goal that we must remain devoted into and beyond 2020. Furthermore, the AU Commission and its Member States are committed to realizing the African Continental Free Trade Area, the African Passport, the Free Movement of Peoples, and the Single African Air Transport Market to further solidify African unity and prosperity. We insist that our preparedness for issues of transnational crime, public health and security are paramount to ensuring the sustainability and success of these initiatives to best benefit the African people and their economies.

Additionally, issues of gender, women, and children’s rights in peace and security should be increasingly prioritized in a joint attempt to implement UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1261. As always, we rely on the willingness of our partners to continue this journey with us while upholding the principles of mutual respect, complimentary and avoiding competition.

Once again, I am grateful for the opportunity to engage with you on important issues, to realign our common goals, and to reinforce the belief of our Member States in the collaboration with NATO. Integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa is in the making, let our cooperation be an added value to this noble goal.

I thank you for your kind attention

]]>
2019-11-06 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/remarks-of-his-excellency-ambassador-smail-chergui-african-union-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-african-union-nato-symposium-on-peace-and-security-naples-4-november-2019
<![CDATA[The AU Commission and the ICRC Delegation to the African Union Holds a Seminar on the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/the-au-commission-and-the-icrc-delegation-to-the-african-union-holds-a-seminar-on-the-use-of-explosive-weapons-in-populated-areasAddis Ababa, 31 October 2019: The Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), held the bi-annual seminar on International Humanitarian Law (also known as the law of armed conflict) at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. The meeting brought together the AU Member States, experts, the UN Agencies, and partners.

]]>
2019-11-05 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/the-au-commission-and-the-icrc-delegation-to-the-african-union-holds-a-seminar-on-the-use-of-explosive-weapons-in-populated-areas
<![CDATA[The Chairperson of the AUC expresses concern about the Situation in the Republic of Guinea Bissau, and fully supports the efforts of ECOWAS]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/the-chairperson-of-the-auc-expresses-concern-about-the-situation-in-the-republic-of-guinea-bissau-and-fully-supports-the-efforts-of-ecowasAddis Ababa, 30 October 2019: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, expresses his deep concern regarding the latest developments in the political situation in the Republic of Guinea Bissau, particularly following the Presidential Decree No. 12/2019 of 28 October 2019 dissolving of the Government, and the ensuing reactions.

]]>
2019-10-30 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/the-chairperson-of-the-auc-expresses-concern-about-the-situation-in-the-republic-of-guinea-bissau-and-fully-supports-the-efforts-of-ecowas
<![CDATA[10th High Level Retreat on Peace and Security in Africa - Opening Remarks by His Excellency Ambassador Smail Chergui - Djibouti, 29-30 October 2019]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/10eme-retraite-de-haut-niveau-sur-la-paix-et-la-securite-en-afrique-allocution-d-ouverture-de-son-excellence-ambassadeur-smail-chergui-djibouti-29-30-octobre-2019-1Allocution d’ouverture de Son Excellence Ambassadeur Smail Chergui
Commissaire à la Paix et à la Sécurité de l’Union Africaine
]]>
2019-10-29 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/10eme-retraite-de-haut-niveau-sur-la-paix-et-la-securite-en-afrique-allocution-d-ouverture-de-son-excellence-ambassadeur-smail-chergui-djibouti-29-30-octobre-2019-1
<![CDATA[AU Youth for Peace Africa (Y4P) Program validates the Continental Framework on Youth, Peace and Security and Study on the Roles and Contributions of Youth to Peace and Security in Africa]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/press-release-au-youth-for-peace-africa-y4p-program-validates-the-continental-framework-on-youth-peace-and-security-and-study-on-the-roles-and-contributions-of-youth-to-peace-and-security-in-africaPRESS RELEASE

AU Youth for Peace Africa (Y4P) Program validates the Continental Framework on Youth, Peace and Security and Study on the Roles and Contributions of Youth to Peace and Security

Putting Youth at the epicenter of Governance, Peace and Security in Africa
]]>
2019-10-29 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/press-release-au-youth-for-peace-africa-y4p-program-validates-the-continental-framework-on-youth-peace-and-security-and-study-on-the-roles-and-contributions-of-youth-to-peace-and-security-in-africa
<![CDATA[20th Statutory meeting of the African Union Panel of the Wise - Statement of Ambassador Smail Chergui AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Djibouti, 28 October 2019]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/20th-statutory-meeting-of-the-african-union-panel-of-the-wise20th Statutory meeting of the African Union Panel of the Wise
Statement of Ambassador Smail Chergui
AU Commissioner for Peace and Security
Djibouti, 28 October 2019


Excellency Dr. Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe, former Vice President of Uganda, and Chairperson of the Panel of the Wise,
Excellency, Hifikepunye Pohamba, former President of the Republic of Namibia,
Distinguished Members of the Panel,
Excellences, Ladies and gentlemen,

]]>
2019-10-28 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/20th-statutory-meeting-of-the-african-union-panel-of-the-wise
<![CDATA[MEDIA ADVISORY: The 10th African Union (AU) High Level Retreat on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/media-advisory-2The 10th African Union (AU) High Level Retreat on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa

 

Representatives of the media in Djibouti city, Djibouti, are invited to cover the opening and closing ceremonies of the 10th African Union (AU) High Level Retreat on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa, to be held in Djibouti City, Djibouti.

]]>
2019-10-25 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/media-advisory-2
<![CDATA[The 889th meeting of the AUPSC on the activities of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and the situation in Darfur]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/the-889th-meeting-of-the-aupsc-on-the-activities-of-the-african-union-united-nations-hybrid-operation-in-darfur-unamid-and-the-situation-in-darfurAdopted by the Peace and Security Council at its 889th meeting held on 24 October 2019, on the activities of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and the situation in Darfur,

]]>
2019-10-24 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/the-889th-meeting-of-the-aupsc-on-the-activities-of-the-african-union-united-nations-hybrid-operation-in-darfur-unamid-and-the-situation-in-darfur
<![CDATA[The 887th meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council, an open session on the theme: “The Role of Women in Social Changes and Peace Building: Time for Recognition”, in line with the commemoration of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/the-887th-meeting-of-the-au-peace-and-security-council-an-open-session-on-the-theme-the-role-of-women-in-social-changes-and-peace-building-time-for-recognition-in-line-with-the-commemoration-of-united-nations-security-council-resolution-1325-on-women-peThe Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), dedicated its 887th  meeting, held on 17 October 2019, to an open session on the theme: “The Role of Women in Social Changes and Peace Building: Time for Recognition”, in line with the commemoration of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

]]>
2019-10-17 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/the-887th-meeting-of-the-au-peace-and-security-council-an-open-session-on-the-theme-the-role-of-women-in-social-changes-and-peace-building-time-for-recognition-in-line-with-the-commemoration-of-united-nations-security-council-resolution-1325-on-women-pe
<![CDATA[Communiqué on the end of tenure of Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao, AU Permanent Representative to Washington, DC]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/communique-on-the-end-of-tenure-of-ambassador-arikana-chihombori-quao-au-permanent-representative-to-washington-dcAddis Abeba, 15 October 2019: The African Union Commission is aware of reports circulating on social media making claims surrounding the circumstances of the recall of the Permanent Representative of the African Union Mission to the United States of America, Dr Arikana Chihombori-Quao.

]]>
2019-10-15 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/communique-on-the-end-of-tenure-of-ambassador-arikana-chihombori-quao-au-permanent-representative-to-washington-dc
<![CDATA[Keynote Address by H.E. Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security, African Union Commission on the 88th General Assembly of Interpol, 15-18 October 2019 in Santiago, Chile]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/keynote-address-by-h-e-ambassador-smail-chergui-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-african-union-commission-on-the-88th-general-assembly-of-interpol-15-18-october-2019-in-santiago-chileHonourable Kim Jong Yang, President of INTERPOL

Excellency Jürgen Stock, Secretary General INTERPOL

Members of the INTERPOL Executive Committee

Distinguished Heads of Delegations

Dear Invited Guests and INTERPOL Partners

Executive Director of AFRIPOL

Ladies and Gentlemen

]]>
2019-10-15 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/keynote-address-by-h-e-ambassador-smail-chergui-commissioner-for-peace-and-security-african-union-commission-on-the-88th-general-assembly-of-interpol-15-18-october-2019-in-santiago-chile
<![CDATA[The 886th meeting of the Peace and Security Council on the situation in the Republic of South Sudan]]>http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/the-886th-meeting-of-the-peace-and-security-council-on-the-situation-in-the-republic-of-south-sudanAdopted by the Peace and Security Council at its 886th meeting held on 15 October 2019, on the situation in the Republic of South Sudan,

The Peace and Security Council,

]]>
2019-10-15 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffohttp://www.peaceau.org/en/article/the-886th-meeting-of-the-peace-and-security-council-on-the-situation-in-the-republic-of-south-sudan