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The African Union's commemoration of the second edition of the Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development Awareness Week, under the theme "Towards Repositioning Post-Conflict Reconstruction & Development in Africa: Greater Awareness & Sustained Peacebuilding,"sheds light on the attention we all attach to this important topic, as this edition coincides with the increasing challenges and crises at the regional and international levels. It also highlights the importance of strengthening our joint efforts to implement the pillars of the PCRD Policy in countries that have witnessed conflicts, through various tools, on top of which is support for national institutions, strengthening the rules and foundations of good governance, and developing ways to sustain peace, in order to prevent relapse into conflicts.

In the same context, as Egypt strongly believes in the importance of this file for the countries of our African continent and its centrality in promoting and protecting the Security and stability of its citizens, I have dedicated - in my capacity as the African Union  Champion for PCRD - particular attention to efforts in this regard. These include Egypt's hosting of the African Union Center for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development as one of the main tools within the framework of the African Peace and Security Architecture, and in connection with its expected role in supporting development in the continent.

In this context, I would like to stress that Egypt is looking forward to the African Union Commission to fast track the operationalization of the work of the Center and to endorse its functional structure, so that it can play the role assigned to it. This is particularly imporatnt in light of the challenges that afflict our continent, which require expedited engagement. It also coincides with the effort to review the African Union's PCRD Policy, and to develop its implementation tools in a way that increases the effectiveness of endeavors related to reconstruction and development.

In conclusion, I would like to stress that Egypt will continue to make all efforts aimed at supporting ways of sustaining peace and consolidating stability in our African countries, in coordination with my brothers African heads of State and Government, and I call on them, in this context, to include the pillars of the PCRD Policy in their economic plans, in line with the objectives of Agenda 2063. I also call on all international partners to continue their support to enhance the continent's efforts towards a better tomorrow.

Posted by Limi Mohammed

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