Addis Ababa, 15 March 2021: H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, the newly elected African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (AU-PAPS) took his oath of office at 11:00am today, during the official swearing-in ceremony of the members of the AU Commission, which was presided by H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the Commission.

Speaking after the swearing-in ceremony, Commissioner Bankole outlined his five strategic pillars to reinvigorate good governance, peace, stability, security and human rights across Africa, in tandem with the Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms for peace (RECs/RMs), under the aegis of African Heads of State and Government.

Underlining the urgency for conflict prevention and mediation, Commissioner Bankole said, “We must promote open, democratic and inclusive societies to empower our resilient communities, improve lives, socio-economic development and human security”, in order to reap prosperity dividends in Africa. He reiterated his plan to implement the new AU-PAPS structure, promote democracy, enhance inclusive and smart partnerships and strengthen capacities in peace operations and in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.     

In his vision to advance African positions globally, Commissioner Bankole said he will strategically engage with AU member states, specifically members of the AU Peace and Security Council and members of the Africa Group at the United Nations Security Council (A3), currently Kenya, Niger and Tunisia, in order to pursue Africa’s strategic priorities at the United Nations (UN) Security Council, within other UN decision making bodies and with friends and partners of Africa.

Speaking to staff at the Julius Nyerere Peace and Security Building, Commissioner Bankole announced his plan to oversee the quarterly publication of a flagship knowledge product on the state of governance, peace and security in Africa and to ensure the effective and efficient transition of the AU-PAPS in the context of the AU reforms.  He equally spelt out his leadership style which will be, “inclusive, participatory and accountable, driving the implementation of AU institutional frameworks and mechanisms, in line with AU principles and policies”, and firmly anchored in the AU Agenda 2063 integrating the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and the African Governance Architecture (AGA).

“I have an open-door policy and we must work in synergy as a formidable team to deliver on the African Union’s priorities to silence the guns and scale up the momentum to lead efforts towards peace, stability, security and good governance in Africa”, Commissioner Bankole said in his final remarks to staff.

Following a closed-door discussion on strategic priorities with the Chairperson of the Commission, a meeting with the senior leadership of the AU-PAPS Department and a tour of the department’s facilities, Commissioner Bankole will tomorrow 16 March 2021, chair a virtual meeting with all departmental staff to engage on the new vision and to align on team building and team delivery going forward. 

For more information please contact:                                                                                             

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