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Addis Ababa, 02 August 2021: The Republic of Cameroon has assumed the Chairship of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) for the month of August 2021. Top on the agenda are statutory issues such as the AU support to countries in political transitions and post-conflict situations, including Chad and Mali.

The Council will further examine issues of political governance such as the management of elections, human rights, and humanitarian affairs in Africa with briefings from the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Committee of the Red Cross on their activities in the Continent. In addition, the Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development (HHS) Department of the AU Commission will brief Council on the status of implementation of the AU Humanitarian Agency (AHA). The PSC will end the month with a ministerial open session to launch the Africa Amnesty Month on 31st August 2021.  

Similarly, the Council will engage with the peace and security organs of the Regional Economic Communities/ Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs) as well as address the AU Border Programme in a ministerial session. The PSC will also consider some housekeeping issues such as the review of its budget and that of the Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) Department of the AU for year 2022. The Council will map out priorities on the utilization of the AU Peace Fund, as well as a draft African position on the financing of AU peace support operations.  

Upon assuming office as Chairperson of the AU Peace and Security Council, H.E. Churchill Ewumbue-Monono, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cameroon to the African Union, noted that Cameroon’s chairship will provide a pan-African platform to discuss and prioritize statutory issues of the PSC, address governance, human rights, border issues and other root causes of conflict. Furthermore, it will lay a foundation for additional discussions on humanitarian and post-conflict development issues, as well as the division of labor between the PSC and RECs within the context of the ongoing institutional reforms.

On behalf of the Chairperson of the Commission, the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, congratulated Ambassador Churchill Ewumbue-Monono on the assumption of his chairship of the Council for the month of August 2021. He assured Cameroon of the Commission’s readiness to provide all required support throughout the month and beyond.

H.E. Amb. Ewumbue-Monono will brief the press on key outcomes of the PSC deliberations during his tenure as Chairperson of the PSC at the end of August 2021.

For more information please contact:

                                                                                               

Mr Paschal Chem-Langhee

Communication Officer

Office of the Commissioner

Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department

African Union Commission

Mobile: +251-929 4877 49

Email: Chem-LangheeP@africa-union.org

 

African Union (AU)

Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department

Conflict Management Division

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Fax: +251-115-519 321

E-mail: situationroom@africa-union.org

 

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