Peace and Security Department, African Union, ending conflicts and sustaining peace in Africahttp://www.peaceau.org/Peace and Security, African Union, RSS FeedenTuesday 16 August 2022 Tuesday 16 August 2022 5Peace and Security Department, African Union, ending conflicts and sustaining peace in Africa/images/logo-african-union-peace-and-security-by-kodjo-en.gif<![CDATA[Communiqué of the 1096th meeting of the PSC held on 2 August 2022, on on the Report of the Chairperson of the AU Commission on Elections in Africa.]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1096th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-2-august-2022-on-on-the-report-of-the-chairperson-of-the-au-commission-on-elections-in-africaCOMMUNIQUÉ

 

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1096th meeting held on 2 August 2022, on the Report of the Chairperson of the AU Commission on Elections in Africa.

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2022-08-13 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1096th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-2-august-2022-on-on-the-report-of-the-chairperson-of-the-au-commission-on-elections-in-africa
<![CDATA[Adoption of the Strategy and implementation instruments for the insertion of ACDEG teaching in the school curricula of member states, as well as the pedagogical tool for rule of law actors]]>/en/article/adoption-of-the-strategy-and-implementation-instruments-for-the-insertion-of-acdeg-teaching-in-the-school-curricula-of-member-states-as-well-as-the-pedagogical-tool-for-rule-of-law-actorsAs part of its mandate to promote the rule of law and preventive diplomacy on the continent, in line with the vision of the African Union, the Constitutionalism and Rule of Law Unit of the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union Commission (DAPPS-AUC) is organizing in Abidjan (Republic of Côte d'Ivoire), two validation meetings: the first on: "the strategy, of the insertion of the teaching of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance (CADEG) in the school curricula of the Member States of the African Union" and second, on the pedagogical tool for the use of the actors of the rule of law in Africa"

The validation meeting of the Strategy and implementation tools for the insertion of the teaching of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance in the school curricula of member states aims at anchoring the culture of democracy, good governance, as well as respect for the rule of law and human rights within the future generation, and to foster the implementation of the African Union's Agenda 2063. This validation workshop was organized to enable representatives of the Economic and Regional Communities and Regional Mechanisms to contribute to the adoption of the said instruments for submission to the decision-making bodies of the African Union including the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Education.

The validation meeting of the African Union's teaching tool for rule of law actors in Africa is being held to validate the rule of a law training manual for national rule of law actors in Africa, including magistrates, prison staff, law enforcement officers, parliamentarians, legal professionals, and civil society representatives. This initiative is in response to the growing demand from rule of law professionals for a training manual that considers the African context.

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2022-08-12 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/adoption-of-the-strategy-and-implementation-instruments-for-the-insertion-of-acdeg-teaching-in-the-school-curricula-of-member-states-as-well-as-the-pedagogical-tool-for-rule-of-law-actors
<![CDATA[Statement of preliminary findings: African Union and COMESA election observation mission to the 9 August 2022 general elections in the Republic of Kenya ]]>/en/article/statement-of-preliminary-findings-african-union-and-comesa-election-observation-mission-to-the-9-august-2022-general-elections-in-the-republic-of-kenyaExecutive Summary

The 9 August 2022 general elections were the seventh held since the introduction of multi-party politics in the country in 1991 and the third under the 2010 Constitution. Previous polls, especially in 2007 and 2017, were marred by violence. Thus, while stakeholders made significant efforts to ensure peaceful elections, current political dynamics, particularly the shifting political alliances and the country’s post-independence history of election-related violence, had many citizens speculate about the prospect of tumultuous elections.

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2022-08-11 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/statement-of-preliminary-findings-african-union-and-comesa-election-observation-mission-to-the-9-august-2022-general-elections-in-the-republic-of-kenya
<![CDATA[AU-COMESA Completes Deployment of Election Observers in Kenya]]>/en/article/au-comesa-completes-deployment-of-election-observers-in-kenyaNairobi, August 8, 2022: The joint African Union-COMESA election observers’ mission to the August 9th General Elections in Kenya has deployed observers to 38 out of the 47 counties in the country. By Monday, the observers had all arrived in their areas of deployment and begun mapping the polling centres and meeting key election and security officials.

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2022-08-08 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/au-comesa-completes-deployment-of-election-observers-in-kenya
<![CDATA[Joint pre-election statement on the 9 August 2022 elections in Kenya]]>/en/article/joint-pre-election-statement-on-the-9-august-2022-elections-in-kenyaNairobi, August 5, 2022: Heads of the international election observation and expert missions in Kenya have issued a Joint pre-election statement on the 9 August 2022 General Elections and called on all stakeholders to maintain the prevailing calm and peaceful atmosphere.

Joint pre-election statement on the 9 August 2022 elections in Kenya





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2022-08-05 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/joint-pre-election-statement-on-the-9-august-2022-elections-in-kenya
<![CDATA[Visit of the African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa to Addis Ababa on 4 August 2022]]>/en/article/visit-of-the-african-union-high-representative-for-the-horn-of-africa-to-addis-ababa-on-4-august-2022H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, the African Union (AU) High Representative for the Horn of Africa, and former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, undertook an official visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 4 August 2022. During the visit, the High Representative met with H.E. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Demeke Mekonnen, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, and members of the recently appointed Peace Committee, to discuss critical developments and preparations for the upcoming peace talks between the Government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

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2022-08-05 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/visit-of-the-african-union-high-representative-for-the-horn-of-africa-to-addis-ababa-on-4-august-2022
<![CDATA[Joint Press Release: AU-COMESA launch a Joint Election Observer Mission to the 2022 Kenya General Elections]]>/en/article/joint-press-release-au-comesa-launch-a-joint-election-observer-mission-to-the-2022-kenya-general-electionsNairobi, 4 August 2022: The African Union (AU) and the Common Market for Southern and Eastern Africa (COMESA), today officially launched their joint election observation mission to the upcoming General Elections in Kenya. The Joint Mission is led by former President of Sierra Leone,  Ernest Bai Koroma, supported by former Minister of Health and Social Development of Seychelles, Ambassador Marie-Pierre Lloyd, a Member of the COMESA Committee of Elders.

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2022-08-04 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/joint-press-release-au-comesa-launch-a-joint-election-observer-mission-to-the-2022-kenya-general-elections
<![CDATA[African Union Continues Comprehensive Engagement in the 9th August 2022 General Elections in Kenya]]>/en/article/african-union-continues-comprehensive-engagement-in-the-9th-august-2022-general-elections-in-kenyaFollowing an invitation from the Government of the Republic of Kenya, the African Union (AU) is engaging comprehensively in the 9th August 2022 General Elections.

The AU began engaging in May 2022 with the deployment of a High-Level Pre-election Assessment Mission, which was carried out jointly with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community (EAC). It was led by H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye, former President of Burundi and current Chairperson of the African Union Panel of the Wise. The purpose of the Mission was to assess the state of preparedness for the 9th August 2022 General Elections and engage in consultations and dialogue with key stakeholders to ensure peaceful, credible and inclusive outcomes.

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2022-07-28 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/african-union-continues-comprehensive-engagement-in-the-9th-august-2022-general-elections-in-kenya
<![CDATA[Launch of the African Union Election Observation Mission to the 31 July 2022 Legislative Elections in the Republic of Senegal]]>/en/article/launch-of-the-african-union-election-observation-mission-to-the-31-july-2022-legislative-elections-in-the-republic-of-senegalAddis Ababa, July 27,2022: The African Union Commission announces the launch of the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to the 31 July 2022 Legislative Elections in the Republic of Senegal. The short term election observation mission comprises ten members drawn from various AU Member States and is led by His Excellency Bernard Makuza, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda. The AUEOM has been deployed from 25 July 2022 to 3 August 2022.

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2022-07-27 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/launch-of-the-african-union-election-observation-mission-to-the-31-july-2022-legislative-elections-in-the-republic-of-senegal
<![CDATA[Communique of the 1090th meeting of the PSC held on 28 June 2022, on Maritime Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1090th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-28-june-2022-on-maritime-piracy-in-the-gulf-of-guineaCOMMUNIQUE

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1090th   meeting held on 28 June 2022, on Maritime Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

The Peace and Security Council,

Noting the opening remarks by H.E. Ambassador Daniel Owassa, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Congo to the AU and Chairperson of the PSC for the month of June 2022, and the statement by the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye read by the Director for Conflict Management Directorate, Dr. Alhaji Sarjoh Bah, as well as the presentation by the Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC), H.E. Ambassador Florentina Adenike Ukonga;

Also noting the statements by the representatives of the Republic of Angola, the Republic of Congo, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, the Gabonese Republic and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in their capacity as Members of GGC and concerned countries, as well as the statements by the representatives of Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and European Union (EU);

Recalling its previous decisions on maritime security in Africa and  maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) region, in particular Communique PSC/PR/COMM.1012(2021) adopted at its 1012th meeting held on 23 July 2021; and Communique [PSC/PR/COMM. (DCCCLVIII)] adopted at its 858th meeting held on 16 July 2019; also recalling the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) which govern the use of oceans and maritime spaces and the UN resolutions on maritime security in the GoG region; further recalling United Nations Security Council Resolution 2634 on piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea;

Also committed to ensure full implementation of the Africa Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development in Africa; and the Africa Maritime Transport Charter (AMTC) and the Plan of Action;

Mindful  to ensure the full operationalization of Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIMS 2050) and its Plan of Action adopted by the 22nd Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly, held in January 2014, and the Africa Blue Economy Strategy, developed following the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference held in Nairobi, Kenya, in November 2018; and

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2022-07-22 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1090th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-28-june-2022-on-maritime-piracy-in-the-gulf-of-guinea
<![CDATA[Statement by Dr. Alhaji Sarjoh Bah, Director of Conflict Management Directorate, on the situation in Libya]]>/en/article/statement-by-dr-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-on-the-situation-in-libyaExcellency Ambassador Daniel Owassa, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Congo and Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council for the month of June 2022;

Excellencies, Esteemed Members of the Council;

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Francophonie and Congolese with diaspora of the Republic of Congo

Ladies and Gentlemen.

1.    On behalf of Ambassador Adeoye Bankole, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, I welcome this opportunity to brief Council on the situation in Libya and wish to thank you Mr. Chair for including this important item in the programme of work of the Council for the month of June 2022. Our meeting today is taking place at a critical moment for Libya and the Libyan people. The failure to hold national elections in December 2021 and expiration of the timeline for the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) roadmap, has left the country into political and security uncertainty.

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2022-06-29 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/statement-by-dr-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-on-the-situation-in-libya
<![CDATA[Statement by Dr. Alhaji Sarjoh Bah, Director of Conflict Management Directorate, on Maritime Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea at the 1091st meeting of the Peace and Security Council]]>/en/article/statement-by-dr-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-on-maritime-piracy-in-the-gulf-of-guinea-at-the-1091st-meeting-of-the-peace-and-security-councilYour Excellency Ambassador Daniel Owassa, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Congo and Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council for the month of June 2022;

Excellencies, Esteemed Members of the Council;

Ambassador Adenike Ukonga, Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission,

Distinguished Invited Guests;

Ladies and Gentlemen.

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2022-06-28 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/statement-by-dr-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-on-maritime-piracy-in-the-gulf-of-guinea-at-the-1091st-meeting-of-the-peace-and-security-council
<![CDATA[The African Union Deploys Election Expert Mission to Kenya ]]>/en/article/the-african-union-deploys-election-expert-mission-to-kenyaFollowing an invitation from the Government of the Republic of Kenya to the African Union to observe the forthcoming General Elections scheduled for 9 August 2022, the African Union Commission is deploying an international election expert mission to Kenya comprising eight (8) core teams experts.

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2022-06-27 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/the-african-union-deploys-election-expert-mission-to-kenya
<![CDATA[ATMIS hands over newly constructed police station at Jowhar Airport in Hirshabelle State]]>/en/article/atmis-hands-over-newly-constructed-police-station-at-jowhar-airport-in-hirshabelle-stateJOWHAR, June 22, 2022 – The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), on Wednesday, handed over a newly constructed police station at Jowhar Airport in Hirshabelle State, to bolster security at the facility, and improve delivery of service to the community.

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2022-06-25 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/atmis-hands-over-newly-constructed-police-station-at-jowhar-airport-in-hirshabelle-state
<![CDATA[Press Release of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union Field Mission to the Republic of Burundi, from 20 to 22 June 2022 ]]>/en/article/press-release-of-the-peace-and-security-council-of-the-african-union-field-mission-to-the-republic-of-burundi-from-20-to-22-june-2022Bujumbura, 22 June 2022: The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) concludes its three-day Field Mission to the Republic of Burundi. The Field Mission took place from 20 to 22 June 2022, under the leadership of H.E. Ambassador Daniel Owassa, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Congo to the AU and the PSC Chairperson for the month of June 2022.

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2022-06-22 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-release-of-the-peace-and-security-council-of-the-african-union-field-mission-to-the-republic-of-burundi-from-20-to-22-june-2022
<![CDATA[The Africa Platform on Children Affected by Armed Conflict welcomes the African Union's adoption of two significant policies on child protection ]]>/en/article/the-africa-platform-on-children-affected-by-armed-conflict-welcomes-the-african-union-s-adoption-of-two-significant-policies-on-child-protectionThe Specialized Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security (STCDSS) of the African Union, during its Fourteenth Ordinary Meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 9 to 13 May 2022, adopted two significant policies for the protection and enhancement of the welfare of children in situations of armed conflict in Africa. These are (i) The Policy on Child Protection in African Union Peace Support Operations; and (ii) the Policy on Mainstreaming Child Protection into the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).

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2022-06-08 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/the-africa-platform-on-children-affected-by-armed-conflict-welcomes-the-african-union-s-adoption-of-two-significant-policies-on-child-protection
<![CDATA[Message from H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union Commission, on the occasion of the celebrations of the 12th edition of the African Border Day, 07 June 2022]]>/en/article/message-from-h-e-ambassador-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-african-union-commission-on-the-occasion-of-the-celebrations-of-the-12th-edition-of-the-african-border-day-07-june-2022Fellow African Citizens,

On 7 June, we will celebrate the 12th edition of the African Border Day under the theme "The development of border zones through the ratification and implementation of the African Union Convention on Cross-border Cooperation (Niamey Convention)".

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2022-06-07 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/message-from-h-e-ambassador-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-african-union-commission-on-the-occasion-of-the-celebrations-of-the-12th-edition-of-the-african-border-day-07-june-2022
<![CDATA[Communiqué of the 1087th meeting of the PSC held on 1 June 2022, on the Situation in the Sahel,Addis Ababa,Ethiopia]]>/en/article/communique-adopted-by-the-peace-and-security-council-at-its-1087th-meeting-held-on-1-june-2022-on-the-situation-in-the-sahelThe Peace and Security Council,

Recalling Declaration [Ext/Assembly/AU/Decl.(XVI)] on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Changes of Government, adopted by the 16th Extraordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, from 27 to 28 May 2022; and Decision [Assembly/AU/Dec.792(XXXIII)] on the situation in Libya and Sahel, adopted by the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union, held in February 2020;

Also recalling Communique [PSC/PR/COMM.1006 (2021)] adopted at its 1006th meeting held on 6 July 2021 on the consideration of the G5 Sahel mandate;

Reiterating its previous decisions on the situations in Burkina Faso, Chad, and Mali, particularly Communiques [PSC/PR/COMM.1076 (2022)] adopted at its 1076th meeting held on 14 April 2022 on the political transition processes in Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea, Mali and Sudan; [PSC/PR/COMM.1/1062 (2022)] adopted at its 1062nd meeting held on 31 January 2022 on the situation in Burkina Faso and [PSC/PR/COMM.1/1057 (2022)] adopted at its 1057th meeting held on 14 January 2022, on the situation in Mali;

Noting the opening remarks by H.E. Ambassador Daniel OWASSA, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Congo to the AU and Chairperson of the PSC for June 2022, and the statement of H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; also noting the briefings by H.E. Ambassador Mamane Sambo Sidikou, AU High Representative for Mali and the Sahel, and by the G5 Sahel Joint Force Commander, General Oumar Bikimo; further noting the statements made by the representatives of the Republic of Ghana as the Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Republic of Chad as a member of the G5 Sahel Joint Force, as well as by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the AU and Head of UN office to the AU (UNOAU);

Reaffirming the unwavering commitment of the AU to respect the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of all G5 Sahel Joint Force Members and

Acting under Article 7 of its Protocol, the Peace and Security Council:

1. Expresses deep concern over the rapid deterioration of the security, political, and humanitarian situations in the Sahel region, particularly the continuation of terrorist attacks and the surge in fatalities, as well as the socio-economic challenges which has continued to affect the peace, stability and development of the region;

2. Reiterates its deep concern over the expansion of the threat of terrorism from the Sahel region towards the Gulf of Guinea countries coupled with the mutually reinforcing link between terrorism and unconstitutional changes of government, and the prevailing multidimensional socio-economic challenges such as community grievances, underdevelopment, climate change impact, and governance deficit and humanitarian crisis compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic;

3. Strongly condemns all attacks by terrorists, armed and criminal groups against civilians, security institutions of the countries of the region, as well as the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and other international forces; and pays tribute to the gallant personnel of the G5 Sahel Joint Force for their relentless sacrifices in the cause of peace; expresses heartfelt condolences to all those who have paid the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty and wishes speedy recovery to the injured;

4. Commends the efforts deployed by the G5 Sahel Joint Force and its Member States in degrading the fighting capacity of the terrorist, armed and criminal groups operating in the Sahel region and appeals for intensification of efforts in the mobilization of additional resources for the Joint Force;

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2022-06-04 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-adopted-by-the-peace-and-security-council-at-its-1087th-meeting-held-on-1-june-2022-on-the-situation-in-the-sahel
<![CDATA[Communique of the 1086th meeting of the PSC held on 31 May 2022 on the update on the situation in the Lake Chad Basin]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1086th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-31-may-2022-on-the-update-on-the-situation-in-the-lake-chad-basinCOMMUNIQUE

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1086th   meeting held on 31 May 2022 on the update on the situation in the Lake Chad Basin:

The Peace and Security Council,

Recalling its previous decisions and pronouncements on the situation in the Lake Chad Basin region and the implementation of the Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience of Boko Haram-Affected areas of the Lake Chad Basin, particularly Communiqués [PSC/PR/COMM.2/1057(2022)] adopted at its 1057th meeting held on 14 January 2022, [PSC/PR/COMM.1010(2021)] adopted at its 1010th meeting held on 19 July 2021 and [PSC/PR/COMM.(CMLXXIII] adopted at its 973rd meeting held on 18 January 2021;

Faithful to the provisions of Chapter VIII of the United Nations (UN) Charter on the role of regional arrangements in the maintenance of international peace and security and emphasizing the vital role of the Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs) as primary responders to crisis and conflict situations in their respective jurisdictions, in line with the cardinal principles of subsidiarity, complementarity and comparative advantage;

Noting the opening remarks made by H.E Ambassador Churchill Ewumbue-Monono, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cameroon to the AU and Chairperson of the PSC for May 2022, and the statement delivered by H.E Ambassador William Awinador-Kanyirige on behalf of H.E Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security;

Also noting the statement by the Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and Head of Mission of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), as well as the statements by the Governor of Hadjer Lamis in Chad and the representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); and

Reaffirming the solidarity of the AU with the governments and peoples of the countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), as well as the unwavering commitment of the AU to continue to support them in the implementation of the Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience of areas affected by Boko Haram activities in the Lake Chad Basin;

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2022-05-31 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1086th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-31-may-2022-on-the-update-on-the-situation-in-the-lake-chad-basin
<![CDATA[Policy Paper: Foreign Terrorist Fighters in the Sahel-Sahara Region of Africa: Recommendations for stemming a long-lasting threat]]>/en/article/policy-paper-foreign-terrorist-fighters-in-the-sahel-sahara-region-of-africa-recommendations-for-stemming-a-long-lasting-threatCLICK HERE FOR THE FULL POLICY PAPER

Summary Overview


The phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) poses a serious threat to global peace, security and stability; particularly in various African countries. Analysts have cautioned about the relocation of FTFs following the collapse of the so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) Caliphate, including to terrorism-affected countries across Africa. This poses grave implications for these countries and their respective regions. This policy paper presents options and recommendations for addressing the threat of FTFs in Africa’s Sahel-Sahara region. It is based on findings from a field study conducted in Tunisia, Mali and Niger. The findings show that the flow of FTFs in this region is likely to be long-lasting, with long-term and near-permanent impacts from a security and socioeconomic perspective. FTF operations affect trade and economic activities, undermine investor confidence, and threaten the psycho-social wellbeing of people residing in these countries. Despite efforts by governments and international partners to address the phenomenon, these threats persist. This points to a need for a new approaches to deal with the FTF situation in the Sahel-Sahara.

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2022-05-24 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/policy-paper-foreign-terrorist-fighters-in-the-sahel-sahara-region-of-africa-recommendations-for-stemming-a-long-lasting-threat
<![CDATA[Policy Paper: Coups d’état and Political Instability in the Western Sahel: Implications for the Fight against Terrorism and Violent Extremism]]>/en/article/policy-paper-coups-d-etat-and-political-instability-in-the-western-sahel-implications-for-the-fight-against-terrorism-and-violent-extremismCLICK HERE FOR THE FULL POLICY PAPER

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Africa’s Western Sahel region faces multiple political, social, economic and security challenges, which are exacerbated by terrorism, violent extremism, communal violence and banditry. While the African Union Commission (AUC) and its partners are working together to address these challenges with innovative approaches, a resurgence of coups d’état has increased the region’s fragility and threatened the democratic foundation of affected states. There are growing concerns that terrorist groups could exploit these political uncertainties to entrench their position and expand their activities to other parts of West Africa – and beyond. Against this backdrop, this policy paper explores how these recent coups d’états and the associated political instability may impact on the fight against terrorism and violent extremism in the Western Sahel. The paper also provides policy options to promote a more robust response to the evolving politico-security situation. Analysis of the unfolding situation points to a potential leadership crisis in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. This is due to various factors, including the demise of the former President of Chad, Idriss Déby Itno, who was considered a stabilising force in the region. This leadership crisis could further weaken the capacity of states, and military capabilities in particular. Currently, this is weakening momentum and optimism in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism – which is also due to a perceived loss of control in the face of multidimensional challenges.To turn the tide, this policy paper recommends that international and regional pressure on the various military juntas to cede power must be carefully implemented to prevent further suffering among affected populations; as this may increase sympathy for terrorist and violent extremist groups. While returning to democratic rule is important, the international response must be coordinated with determination, caution and discretion. Flexibility, pragmatism and skilled diplomacy are needed to avoid exacerbating the precarious security situation. Ensuring future stability will require the African Union (AU) to mobilise international support to reshuffle and strengthen the implementation of signed peace agreements, and to enhance the socio-economic resilience of Western Sahel countries. In this way, the root causes of instability can be addressed – including poor governance, corruption, underdevelopment, youth unemployment, political exclusion and marginalisation.

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2022-05-24 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/policy-paper-coups-d-etat-and-political-instability-in-the-western-sahel-implications-for-the-fight-against-terrorism-and-violent-extremism
<![CDATA[Statement by the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department 1084th Meeting of the Peace and Security Council on Living Together in Peace 17 May 2022 Delivered by Dr. Alhaji Sarjoh Bah, Director for Conflict Management Directorate, Political Affairs Peace and Security Department ]]>/en/article/statement-by-the-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-department-1084th-meeting-of-the-peace-and-security-council-on-living-together-in-peace-17-may-2022-delivered-by-dr-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-director-for-conflict-management-directorate-polYour Excellency Ambassador Churchill Ewumbue-MONONO, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cameroon to the African Union and Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council for the month of May 2022

Excellencies, Esteemed Members of the Peace and Security Council,

Excellencies, Representatives of AU Member States,

Excellencies, Representatives of the RECs/RMs,

Excellencies Representatives of UNESCO and Amani Africa,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

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2022-05-17 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/statement-by-the-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-department-1084th-meeting-of-the-peace-and-security-council-on-living-together-in-peace-17-may-2022-delivered-by-dr-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-director-for-conflict-management-directorate-pol
<![CDATA[Opening Statement by H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS): 14th Ordinary Meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security]]>/en/article/opening-statement-by-h-e-ambassador-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-paps-14th-ordinary-meeting-of-the-specialised-technical-committee-on-defence-safety-and-securityH.E. Sidiky Kaba, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Senegal and Chair of the Meeting of Ministers of the 14th Ordinary Meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security (STCDSS)

Members of the Bureau of the STCDSS,

Ministers of Defence and Representatives of Member States,

Representatives of Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

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2022-05-12 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/opening-statement-by-h-e-ambassador-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-paps-14th-ordinary-meeting-of-the-specialised-technical-committee-on-defence-safety-and-security
<![CDATA[The African Union Commission Supports the Association of African Electoral Authorities]]>/en/article/the-african-union-commission-supports-the-association-of-african-electoral-authoritiesAddis Ababa, 12 May 2022: The Association of African Electoral Authorities (AAEA) is holding its Executive Committee meeting in Accra, Ghana from 12-13 May 2022, with the support of the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) of the African Union Commission (AUC). The meeting has gathered several chairpersons of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) with the main aim of exploring strategies for revitalising the Association in order to render it more effective in supporting African EMBs in managing elections in line with international and continental norms and standards of democratic elections. 

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2022-05-12 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/the-african-union-commission-supports-the-association-of-african-electoral-authorities
<![CDATA[Declaration: 14th Ordinary Meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security - 12 May 2022 |Addis Ababa, Ethiopia]]>/en/article/declaration-14th-ordinary-meeting-of-the-specialised-technical-committee-on-defence-safety-and-security-12-may-2022-addis-ababa-ethiopiaDeclaration: 14th Ordinary Meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security - 12 May 2022 |Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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2022-05-12 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/declaration-14th-ordinary-meeting-of-the-specialised-technical-committee-on-defence-safety-and-security-12-may-2022-addis-ababa-ethiopia
<![CDATA[Opening Statement by Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner of Political Affairs, Peace and Security: Meeting of the 17th African Chiefs of Defence Staff and Heads of Safety and Security, in preparation of the 14th Ordinary Meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security ]]>/en/article/opening-statement-by-ambassador-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-of-political-affairs-peace-and-security-meeting-of-the-17th-african-chiefs-of-defence-staff-and-heads-of-safety-and-security-in-preparation-of-the-14th-ordinary-meeting-of-the-specialised-technMajor General Mamadou Gaye, Chief of Defence Staff of the Republic of Senegal and Chair of the meeting of African Chiefs of Defence and Heads of Safety and Security (ACDSS),

Members of the Bureau of the ACDSS,

Chiefs of Defence Forces and Representatives of Member States,

Representatives of Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the Chairperson of the Commission, I would like to warmly welcome you all to this 17th meeting of African Chiefs of Defence and Heads of Safety and Security.

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2022-05-11 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/opening-statement-by-ambassador-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-of-political-affairs-peace-and-security-meeting-of-the-17th-african-chiefs-of-defence-staff-and-heads-of-safety-and-security-in-preparation-of-the-14th-ordinary-meeting-of-the-specialised-techn
<![CDATA[Opening Statement by Dr. Alhaji Sarjoh Bah, Director of Conflict Management Directorate Political Affairs Peace and Security Department: Experts Meeting, 9 May 2022]]>/en/article/opening-statement-by-dr-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-political-affairs-peace-and-security-department-experts-meeting-9-may-2022Major General Mamadou Gaye of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Senegal and Chair of this Experts Meeting

Members of the Bureau of this 14th meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and Security,

Representatives of Member States, as well as from Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution,

International Partners attending this opening ceremony, Ladies and Gentlemen!

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2022-05-09 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/opening-statement-by-dr-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-political-affairs-peace-and-security-department-experts-meeting-9-may-2022
<![CDATA[Communiqué of the 1082nd meeting of the PSC held on 6 May 2022, on Transnational Organized Crime and Security in Africa]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1082nd-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-6-may-2022-on-transnational-organized-crime-and-security-in-africaCOMMUNIQUE

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1082nd meeting held on 6 May 2022, on Transnational Organized Crime and Security in Africa:

The Peace and Security Council,

            Deeply concerned about the upsurge of Transnational Organised Crimes in Africa, the second highest affected continent in the world and their impact on terrorism, and State authority.

Also concerned about the  upsurge of drugs and human trafficking, piracy, cybercrimes, illicit financial flows, illegal logging and fishing as well as the increasing use of new information and communication technologies, including artificial intelligence by criminal networks and terrorist groups;

Recalling its previous decisions and pronouncements on the fight against Transnational Organized Crime, particularly Communiques [PSC/PR/COMM.1073(2022)] adopted at its 1073rd meeting held on 6 April 2022; [PSC/PR/COMM. (DCCCL)] adopted at its 850th meeting held on 20 May 2019 and [PSC/PR/COMM.1(DCCCXLV)] adopted at its 845th meeting held on 25 April 2019; 

Mindful of the AU Solemn Declaration on a Common African Defence and Security Policy, the 2014 United Nations Convention Against Organized Transnational Crime, as well as the Protocols Against Trafficking in Persons, Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Small Arms and Ammunition;

Committed to the full implementation of the relevant AU instruments on Transnational Organized Crimes such as the June 2006 AU Migration Framework; the November 2006 Ouagadougou Action Plan to Combat Trafficking on Human Beings, especially Women and Children; the 2014 Niamey Convention on Cross-Border Cooperation; the August 2019 AU Plan of Action on Drug Control and Crime Prevention 2019-2023; the December 2018 Enhancing Africa’s Response to Transnational Organized Crimes Project; the Nouakchott and Djibouti Processes as well as the AU Master Roadmap of Practical Steps for Silencing the Guns in Africa;

Noting the introductory remarks by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cameroon to the AU, H.E. Ambassador Churchill Ewumbue-Monono, in his capacity as the PSC Chairperson for May 2022; and the statement by H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; as well as the statements by the representatives of the AU Mechanism for Police Cooperation (AFRIPOL), the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) and the Secretary-General of the International Police Organization (INTERPOL); and

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2022-05-06 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1082nd-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-6-may-2022-on-transnational-organized-crime-and-security-in-africa
<![CDATA[Press Statement of the 1081st meeting of the PSC on the attack by Al Shabaab against a Forward Operating Base (FOB) of the AU Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) in Middle Shabele region, south west of Mogadishu, on 3 May 2022 ]]>/en/article/press-statement-2The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1081st meeting held on 4 May 2022, was briefed on the attack by Al Shabaab against a Forward Operating Base (FOB) of the AU Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) in Middle Shabele region, south west of Mogadishu, on 3 May 2022.

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2022-05-04 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-statement-2
<![CDATA[Communique of the 1081st meeting of the PSC held on 4 May 2022, on the Briefing on the State of Humanitarian Actions in Africa]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1081st-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-4-may-2022-on-the-briefing-on-the-state-of-humanitarian-actions-in-africaThe Peace and Security Council,

Recalling all AU decisions on humanitarian actions in Africa, particularly Decision [EX.CL/Dec.1145 9(XL)] adopted by the AU Executive Council at its 40th Ordinary Session of February 2022; decision [Assembly/AU/Dec.604(XXVI)] which adopted the Common African Position on Humanitarian Effectiveness and endorsed the recommendation for the establishment of the African Humanitarian Agency (AfHA) to ensure effectiveness of AU responses to humanitarian crises on the Continent; and also recalling its Communiques [PSC/AHG/COMM.1043(2021)] adopted at its 1043rd meeting at the level of Heads of State and Government held on 29 October 2021; and [PSC/PR/COMM. 1025 (2021)] adopted at its 1025th meeting held on 25 August 2021; as well as Press Statement [PSC/PR/BR (DCCLXII)], adopted at its 762nd meeting held on 9 April 2018;

Faithful to the provisions of Articles 6(f) and 7(p) of the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, respectively stipulating as one of the functions of the Council, humanitarian action and disaster management, and empowering the Council to support and facilitate humanitarian action in situations of armed conflicts or major natural disasters in the African Continent;

Noting the opening remarks by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cameroon to the AU, and Chairperson of the PSC for the month of May 2022, H.E. Ambassador Churchill Ewumbue-Monono and the presentation by the Dr. Margaret Agama-Anyatei, Acting Director, Directorate of Health and Humanitarian Affairs of the AU Commission; as well as statements by the representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Acting under Article 7 of its Protocol, the Peace and Security Council,

1. Expresses deep concern over the continued prevalence of complex, multifaceted and, at times, unprecedented humanitarian crises in the Continent, exacerbated by climate-change related and public health emergences, amongst other hazards, especially in areas that are already fragile due to terrorism and violent conflicts, cause food insecurity and forced displacements;

2. Also expresses deep concern over the increasing number of vulnerable populations in Africa, notably refugees, internally displaced persons, returnees, asylum-seekers, stateless persons, missing persons and their diminishing resilience capacity; and underlines, in this regard, the imperative of inter-African cooperation and an action-oriented approach for strengthening the resilience of these vulnerable populations;

3. Underscores the need to address the root causes and drivers of humanitarian crises and to ensure that the Continental Early Warning System incorporates multi-hazard early warning and early action systems, including the development of inter-operational situation rooms at continental, regional and national levels to enable timely interventions to address the diverse humanitarian disaster risks and their potential consequences;

4. Commends Member States hosting refugees in their countries, albeit with limited capacities; encourages State Parties to the UN Convention on Refugees of 1951 and the OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problem in Africa of 1969, the AU Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (The Kampala Convention) of 2009, the Humanitarian Policy Framework (HPF), the Disaster Management Policy and the Africa Risk Capacity (ARC), to continue to fulfil their humanitarian responsibilities as provided for in these instruments;

5. Requests the AU Commission, working closely with Member States to expedite action in finalization of the AU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Statelessness in Africa; and appeals to the international community to provide adequate and flexible support to countries hosting refugees to allow them to effectively respond to the needs of the refugees taking into consideration unpredictable nature of humanitarian needs;

6. Emphasizes the imperative of further strengthening the institutional capacities and promoting enhanced collaboration among Member States, and Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs) in the area of humanitarian action;

7. Takes note of the challenges faced by humanitarian agencies, including access, shrinking humanitarian space and embezzlement of humanitarian aid; condemns attacks against humanitarian agencies; and strongly urges all parties to armed conflicts to facilitate the work of humanitarian aid agencies and to guarantee their safety and security;

8. Encourages Member States, that have not yet done so, to sign, ratify and domesticate African and international instruments relating to refugees, internally displaced persons, as well as vulnerable populations and humanitarian assistance in general; and to implement the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants [A/RES/71/1], adopted by the UN General Assembly at its 71st Session held on 19 September 2016;

9. Commends the UNHCR and ICRC, as well as other international humanitarian aid agencies, partners, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and the private sector for their contributions towards addressing the humanitarian situations in the Continent, and underlines the need for enhanced, predictable, consistent and sustainable international support to Member States hosting refugees in Africa;

10. Applauds the ICRC’s 30 years of cooperation with the OAU/AU in promoting humanitarian principles, humanitarian actions, International Humanitarian Law and humanitarian diplomacy in Africa;

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2022-05-04 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1081st-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-4-may-2022-on-the-briefing-on-the-state-of-humanitarian-actions-in-africa