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Siavonga, 10 June 2021: The African Union Economic Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC) has from June 8-10 been holding a joint technical workshop in Siavonga, Zambia, with the Commission of the African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), to develop a proposal on enhancing Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) engagement in the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).

The workshop is organised within the context of Article 20 of the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council (PSC), the Livingstone Formula and the Maseru Conclusions: Mechanisms for Interaction Between the AU PSC and CSOs. It is supported from the fourth European Union Support Programme for the implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture (EU APSA IV).

The workshop has consolidated the outcomes of previous working sessions on the development of a joint platform for partnership and coordination with CSOs in the APSA Framework, and will develop a plan of action for the implementation of a key strategic objective of the EU APSA IV programme. This will contribute to the effective coordination and partnership with CSOs at all levels within the APSA.
Speaking at the workshop, The Head of the AU-ECOSOC Secretariat, William Carew, welcomed participants and expressed the significance of the workshop as a critical process in efforts to ensure effective coordination and partnerships within the EU APSA IV framework.

Speaking on behalf of the AUC Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Ms. Neema Chusi, Ag. Secretary of the PSC Secretariat, expressed appreciation to the ECOSOCC and COMESA Secretariats for co-organizing the technical tripartite meeting and emphasised the need to redouble efforts to ensure participation of CSOs in the activities of the PSC in line with agreed instruments and mechanisms.

In his welcoming remarks, Mr. Raymond Kitevu, COMESA Early Warning Expert, speaking on behalf of the Head of Governance, Peace, and Security Unit of COMESA Ms. Elizabeth Mutunga, informed workshop participants that COMESA continued to value the strong partnership and collaboration that exists between COMESA and AU-ECOSOCC as it relates to the engagement of CSOs. Mr. Kitevu emphasised that ECOSOCC had become a potential strategic partner especially in building the capacity of CSOs to be more effective in their peace and security tasks.

The outcomes of the Tripartite workshop will feed into the third EU APSA Steering Committee Meeting as well as enhance the engagement of CSOs in the AU peace and security agenda.


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Note to Editors

About the APSA: The African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) is built around structures, objectives, principles and values, as well as decision-making processes relating to the prevention, management and resolution of crises and conflicts, post-conflict reconstruction and development in the continent. The main pillar of the APSA is the PSC, which is supported, in the discharge of its mandate, by various structures, namely: the Commission, the Panel of the Wise, the Continental Early Warning System (CEWS), the African Standby Force (ASF) and the Peace Fund. The Peace and Security Council (PSC) Protocol entered into force in December 2003, and outlines the various components of the APSA and their respective responsibilities. Other documents were subsequently adopted to facilitate and the operationalization of the APSA. The relationship between the African Union (AU), which has the primary responsibility for promoting peace, security and stability in Africa, and the Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RECs/RMs) is a key APSA component. The European Union (EU) is the biggest supporter of APSA and has in the past decade dedicated about 70 million EUR to the capacity building of APSA. Through the EU APSA IV Programme, the EU has committed 40.5 million Euro support to AU, RECs and RMs, over the next four years, to further strengthen the capacity and coordination of APSA components to adapt to emerging security challenges in Africa.


For more Information:
Kyeretwie Osei – ECOSOCC Head of Programms - Oseik@africa-union.org
Brenda Mofya – Senior Programme Officer, African Union Commission, MofyaB@africa-union.org

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