Peace and Security Department, African Union, ending conflicts and sustaining peace in Africahttp://www.peaceau.org/Peace and Security, African Union, RSS FeedenTuesday 17 May 2022 Tuesday 17 May 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[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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<![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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<![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[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[Cameroon assumes Chairship of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union for May 2022]]>/en/article/press-release-cameroon-assumes-chairship-of-the-peace-and-security-council-of-the-african-union-for-may-2022Addis-Ababa, 2 May 2022: The Republic of Cameroon assumes the Chairship of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) for the month of May 2022. The seventh since the creation of the Council in 2004, the Cameroon Chairship comes within the frame of the Extraordinary Summit of the African Union to be held on 28 May 2022, devoted to Governance and Security challenges in the Continent namely, Unconstitutional Change of Government, Humanitarian crises and terrorism.

The Chairship will cover ten substantives meetings, most of which will be closed and virtual except for the two open sessions: that on Food Security, linked to the AU’s theme of the year and the other on Living Together in Peace. Commenting on the significance of this theme, H.E. Churchill Ewumbue-Monono, the Permanent Representative of Cameroon to the AU and  Chairperson of the PSC at the Ambassadorial level, highlighted that Cameroon’s Chairship “provides an opportunity to examine and compare the various efforts and challenges by African countries and peoples in living together in peace  in their quest for nation-building at a time when Cameroon will be commemorating the 50th Anniversary of its National Unity Day on 20 May 2022”.

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2022-05-03 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-release-cameroon-assumes-chairship-of-the-peace-and-security-council-of-the-african-union-for-may-2022
<![CDATA[Communique of the 1080th meeting of the PSC held on 25 April 2022, on Reflection on Youth, Peace and Security in Africa:]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1080th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-25-april-2022-on-reflection-on-youth-peace-and-security-in-africaAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1080th meeting held on 25 April 2022 on the Reflection on Youth, Peace and Security in Africa:

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2022-04-25 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1080th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-25-april-2022-on-reflection-on-youth-peace-and-security-in-africa
<![CDATA[Press Release: Continental Dialogue on Youth, Peace and Security ]]>/en/article/press-release-continental-dialogue-on-youth-peace-and-securityBujumbura, Burundi, 24 April 2022: The Republic of Burundi, in its capacity as Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) in April 2022, hosted an AU organized Continental Dialogue on Youth, Peace and Security on 23 April 2022, in Bujumbura, Burundi. The Continental Youth Dialogue took place on the sidelines of the PSC meeting on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS), scheduled to take place on 25 April 2022.

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2022-04-24 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-release-continental-dialogue-on-youth-peace-and-security
<![CDATA[Communique of the 1079th meeting of the PSC held on 21 April 2022, on Climate Change, Peace and Security in Africa]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1079th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-21-april-2022-on-climate-change-peace-and-security-in-africaAdopted by the Peace and Security Council at its 1079th meeting held on 21 April 2022, on Climate Change, Peace and Security in Africa:

The Peace and Security Council,

Recalling its previous pronouncements and decisions on the link between climate change, peace and security, including the Communique [PSC/AHG/COMM.1043 (2021)] adopted at its 1043rd meeting held at the level of Heads of State and Government on 29 October 2021 and Communique [PSC/AHG/COMM.1(CMLXXXIV)] adopted at its 984th meeting held at the level of Heads of State and Government on 9 March 2021;  

Noting the opening remarks by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Burundi to the AU, and Chairperson of the PSC for the month of April 2022, H.E. Ambassador Willy Nyamitwe; the statement by the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, H.E. Bankole Adeoye; the presentation by H.E. Ambassador Josefa Correia Sacko, the AU Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment; the statement by H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Gad, the Permanent Representative of Egypt to the AU; and the statement by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of the UN Office to the African Union;

Affirming its solidarity will all Governments and people of Member States grappling with the adverse effects of climate change;

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2022-04-21 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1079th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-21-april-2022-on-climate-change-peace-and-security-in-africa
<![CDATA[Communiqué of the 1078th meeting of the PSC held on 19 April 2022, Follow-Up on the 10th Regional Oversight Mechanism of February 2022 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo ]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1078th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-19-april-2022-follow-up-on-the-10th-regional-oversight-mechanism-of-february-2022-in-kinshasa-democratic-republic-of-congoAdopted by the Peace and Security Council at its 1078th meeting held on 19 April 2022, on the Follow-Up on the 10th Regional Oversight Mechanism of February 2022 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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2022-04-19 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1078th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-19-april-2022-follow-up-on-the-10th-regional-oversight-mechanism-of-february-2022-in-kinshasa-democratic-republic-of-congo
<![CDATA[African Union Commemorates the 28th Edition of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda: “Remember-Unite-Renew” – Kwibuka28]]>/en/article/african-union-commemorates-the-28th-edition-of-the-1994-genocide-against-the-tutsi-in-rwanda-remember-unite-renew-kwibuka28The African Union (AU), in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Rwanda to the AU, commemorated the 28th edition of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda at the AU Headquarters, on Thursday, 7th April 2022, in line with the AU Decisions. This statutory activity which was held on the theme, “Remember-Unite-Renew”, was a solemn occasion to remember the lives lost, show solidarity with the victims and survivors, unite, and renew efforts to ensure that such tragedy never happens again in Rwanda or elsewhere in Africa and beyond. The commemoration also provided an opportunity to learn about Rwanda’s story of national reconciliation, nation-building and inclusive development, among others.

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2022-04-14 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/african-union-commemorates-the-28th-edition-of-the-1994-genocide-against-the-tutsi-in-rwanda-remember-unite-renew-kwibuka28
<![CDATA[Remarks by H.E. Bankole Adeoye Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union Commission during the Opening Ceremony of the Special African Ministerial Session on Sustainable Urbanization and Housing Towards the High-Level Meeting for the Review of the New Urban Agenda ]]>/en/article/remarks-by-h-e-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-african-union-commission-during-the-opening-ceremony-of-the-special-african-ministerial-session-on-sustainable-urbanization-and-housing-towards-the-high-level-meeting-foHon. James Wainaina Macharia, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development of the Republic of Kenya;

  • Hon.  Ministers,
  • HE. Chol M. U. Ajongo, Dean of the African Diplomatic Group,
  • HE Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary UNECA;
  • HE Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat,
  • Distinguished Participants
  • Ladies and Gentlemen
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2022-04-14 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/remarks-by-h-e-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-african-union-commission-during-the-opening-ceremony-of-the-special-african-ministerial-session-on-sustainable-urbanization-and-housing-towards-the-high-level-meeting-fo
<![CDATA[The 1077th meeting of the AUPSC on the Declaration of the Induction Programme for the Elected Members of the Peace and Security Council held from 23 to 25 March 2022, in Maseru, Kingdom of Lesotho]]>/en/article/the-1077th-meeting-of-the-aupsc-on-the-declaration-of-the-induction-programme-for-the-elected-members-of-the-peace-and-security-council-held-from-23-to-25-march-2022-in-maseru-kingdom-of-lesothoAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) at its 1077th meeting held on 14 April 2022, on the Declaration of the Induction Programme for the Elected Members of the Peace and Security Council held from 23 to 25 March 2022, in Maseru, Kingdom of Lesotho:

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2022-04-14 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/the-1077th-meeting-of-the-aupsc-on-the-declaration-of-the-induction-programme-for-the-elected-members-of-the-peace-and-security-council-held-from-23-to-25-march-2022-in-maseru-kingdom-of-lesotho
<![CDATA[Communiqué of the 1076th meeting of the PSC held on 14 April 2022, Follow-Up on the political transition processes in Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea, Mali and Sudan]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1076th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-14-april-2022-follow-up-on-the-political-transition-processes-in-burkina-faso-chad-guinea-mali-and-sudanAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1076th meeting held on 14 April 2022 on the political transition processes in Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea, Mali and Sudan:

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2022-04-14 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1076th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-14-april-2022-follow-up-on-the-political-transition-processes-in-burkina-faso-chad-guinea-mali-and-sudan
<![CDATA[Communique of the 1075th meeting of the PSC held on 12 April 2022, on the Predictable, Adequate and Sustainable Financing for the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) ]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1075th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-12-april-2022-on-the-predictable-adequate-and-sustainable-financing-for-the-african-union-transition-mission-in-somalia-atmisAdopted by the Peace and Security Council at its 1075th meeting held on 12 April 2022, on the Predictable, Adequate and Sustainable Financing for the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS):

The Peace and Security Council,

Recalling its previous decisions on the situation in Somalia, particularly Communiqués [PSC/PR/COMM.1068(2021)], adopted at its 1068th meeting held on 8 March 2022, as well as United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2628 (2022) authorizing the reconfiguration of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) into the AU Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS);

Noting the opening remarks by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Burundi to the AU, and Chairperson of the PSC for the month of April 2022, H.E. Ambassador Willy Nyamitwe; the statement by the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, H.E. Bankole Adeoye and the briefing by the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of ATMIS,  H.E. Francisco Caetano Madeira, as well as the statements delivered by the Representatives of Somalia,  Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Secretariat, the United Nations (UN)and the European Union (EU);

Re-affirming its unwavering commitment to the unity, territorial integrity and national sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Somalia and reiterating its commitment to ensure national ownership of the transition process;

Determined to defeat Al Shabaab and all other terrorist and armed groups operating Somalia and the entire Horn of Africa region, restoring lasting peace, security and stability, as well as political normalcy in Somalia;

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2022-04-12 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1075th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-12-april-2022-on-the-predictable-adequate-and-sustainable-financing-for-the-african-union-transition-mission-in-somalia-atmis
<![CDATA[African Union Election Observation Mission to the 9 April 2022 National Assembly Elections in the Gambia, Statement of Preliminary Findings, 11 April 2022]]>/en/article/african-union-election-observation-mission-to-the-9-april-2022-national-assembly-elections-in-the-gambia-statement-of-preliminary-findings-11-april-2022I.        INTRODUCTION

At the invitation of the Government of the Republic of the Gambia and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, in an effort to consolidate the democratic gains in the country, deployed the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to the country’s National Assembly Elections that were held on 9 April 2022.

The AUEOM was charged with the responsibility of observing, assessing and reporting on the preparations for the election in line with the relevant AU instruments for democratic elections.[1]The main objective of the AUEOM was to conduct an impartial, independent, and objective assessment of the 2022 National Assembly Elections, in line with the AU and international principles for democratic elections and the national legal framework governing elections in The Gambia.[2]

The AUEOM was led by H.E. Dr. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, former Vice President of the Republic of Uganda and comprised of three (3) core members and 12 Short Term Observers (STOs). The observers were drawn from Election Management Bodies (EMBs), Independent Electoral and Governance Experts, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from 10 African countries.[3] It was supported by the technical team from the AUC.

To achieve its objectives, and prior to its deployment, the STOs undertook three days of briefing and orientation[4] on methodology and use of tablets in election observation. They were briefed by key electoral stakeholders on the political environment, legal framework for the election, state of preparedness of the IEC, as well as participation of civil society in elections.

The leadership of the AUEOM also held consultations with several stakeholders, including the IEC, political parties, CSO, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other international observer missions.

This Preliminary Statement reflects the AUEOM’s assessment of the 2022 National Assembly Elections up to the close of polling on 9 April 2022 and the immediate post-election period. A final and comprehensive report will be released within a month from the official announcement of final results of the Elections.


[1]. The relevant AU instruments include- (a) the African Union Guidelines for Elections Observation and Monitoring Missions (2002); (b) the OAU/AU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa (2002); African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (1981) and (c) African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (2007), among others.

[2]. These Instruments include; the AU/OAU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa (AHG/Decl. 1 (XXXVIII); the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG-2007) which came into force on 15 February 2012; and the African Union Guidelines for Election Observation and Monitoring Missions – adopted in July 2002. Other relevant national, regional and international standards for election observation, such ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance; and the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and its accompanying Code of Conduct- endorsed by AU in 2005.

[3]. Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mauritania Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.

[4]. Briefing and orientation for STOs took place from 5-7 April 2022.

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2022-04-11 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/african-union-election-observation-mission-to-the-9-april-2022-national-assembly-elections-in-the-gambia-statement-of-preliminary-findings-11-april-2022
<![CDATA[Remarks by H.E Ambassador Redwan Hussein, State Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia at the Commemoration of the 28th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda: 7 April 2022 - Addis Ababa]]>/en/article/remarks-by-h-e-ambassador-redwan-hussein-state-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-federal-democratic-republic-of-ethiopia-at-the-commemoration-of-the-28th-anniversary-of-the-genocide-against-the-tutsi-in-rwanda-7-april-2022-addis-ababaExcellency Moussa Faki Mahamt,

                 Chairperson of the African Union Commission,

Excellency Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa,

                  Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission,

Excellency Parfait Onanga Anyanga, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union,

Excellency Hope TUMUKUNDE GASATURA, Ambassador of the   Republic of Rwanda to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union and UNECA,

Excellencies Commissioners,

Excellencies Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Religious Leaders,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

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2022-04-07 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/remarks-by-h-e-ambassador-redwan-hussein-state-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-federal-democratic-republic-of-ethiopia-at-the-commemoration-of-the-28th-anniversary-of-the-genocide-against-the-tutsi-in-rwanda-7-april-2022-addis-ababa
<![CDATA[Statement by H.E Ambassador Hope Tumukunde Gasatura on the 28th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi: Addis Ababa, 7th April 2022]]>/en/article/statement-by-h-e-amb-hope-tumukunde-gasatura-on-the-28th-commemoration-of-the-1994-genocide-against-the-tutsi-addis-ababa-7th-april-20221. Your Excellencies the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Special Representative, Commissioner, my Esteemed Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen-All Protocols observed

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2022-04-07 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/statement-by-h-e-amb-hope-tumukunde-gasatura-on-the-28th-commemoration-of-the-1994-genocide-against-the-tutsi-addis-ababa-7th-april-2022
<![CDATA[Arrival Statement: H.E Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe arrives in the Republic of The Gambia to lead the African Union Election Observation Mission ]]>/en/article/arrival-statement-h-e-speciosa-wandira-kazibwe-arrives-in-the-republic-of-the-gambia-to-lead-the-african-union-election-observation-missionBanjul, 7 April 2022: Her Excellency Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe, former Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, has arrived in The Gambia to lead the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM).

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2022-04-07 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/arrival-statement-h-e-speciosa-wandira-kazibwe-arrives-in-the-republic-of-the-gambia-to-lead-the-african-union-election-observation-mission
<![CDATA[28th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda (Kwibuka28)]]>/en/article/28th-commemoration-of-the-1994-genocide-against-the-tutsi-in-rwanda-kwibuka28The African Union (AU) Commission and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Rwanda to the African Union have jointly organized a commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi (Kwibuka28). The commemoration will be done under the theme “Remember-Unite-Renew”. It is planned to run over one hundred days, from 7th April 2022 to 3rd July 2022.

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2022-04-06 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/28th-commemoration-of-the-1994-genocide-against-the-tutsi-in-rwanda-kwibuka28
<![CDATA[Media Advisory: 28th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda ]]>/en/article/media-advisory-28th-commemoration-of-the-1994-genocide-against-tutsi-in-rwanda

What:      The 28th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda. 

Theme:   “Remember-Unite-Renew”. 

When:     Thursday, 7th April 2022, starting from 11:00 a.m. 

Where: Nelson Mandela Hall of the AUC headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Hybrid Event will take place physically and on Zoom platform. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vzyTMAXLSkSSW3IlIgP0EQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Who:    The Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Ethiopia and Permanent Mission to the African Union. 

Purpose and Objectives: 

The overall purpose of this annual commemoration is to continuously awaken greater awareness of the African peoples and the international community about the value of life and humanity and to renew our collective commitment to protect and uphold fundamental human rights.  The specific objectives are to: 

  1. Remember the atrocities brought by the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda; 
  2. Reflect on the repercussions that the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 has had inside and outside Rwanda's borders; 
  3. Unite together in fight against genocide; genocide ideology as well as  genocide denial; 
  4. Renew our resolve to ensure that Genocide does not happen ever again in Africa or elsewhere; and 
  5. Collectively commit to justice and the fight against impunity. 

Participants:

The 28th Commemoration will be attended by Officials from the African Union Commission (AUC), AU Member States, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, AU Organs, Religious Institutions, Human Rights Institutions, Intergovernmental organizations, Civil Society Organizations, UN Agencies, Think Tanks, International Organizations, Schools and Academic Institutions in Ethiopia. 

Background: 

The commemoration of the Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda is annually organised by the African Union following the African Union policy organ decision to recognise the 7th of April as a day of remembrance of the victims of the genocide and reaffirmation of Africa’s resolve to prevent and fight genocide on the Continent. The decision was adopted by the African Union Permanent Representatives Committee during its special session on the Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda.  

Journalists are invited to cover the 28th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda

through the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vzyTMAXLSkSSW3IlIgP0EQ 

Hashtag: #Kwibuka28


For more information contact: 

Amb. Salah Siddig Hammad | Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union Commission | Tel:?+251 115182615 | Email: HammadS@africa-union.org 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Mr. Gamal Eldin Ahmed A. Karrar | Senior Communication Officer | Information and Communication Directorate | E-mail: GamalK@africa-union.org 

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<![CDATA[Communiqué of the 1073rd meeting of the PSC held on 6 April 2022 on the Continental Early Warning and Security Outlook in Africa]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1073rd-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-6-april-2022-on-the-continental-early-warning-and-security-outlook-in-africaAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1073rd   meeting held on 6 April 2022 on the Continental Early Warning and Security Outlook in Africa:

The Peace and Security Council,

Recalling its previous decisions and pronouncements on the Continental Early Warning and Security Outlook, particularly Communique [PSC/PR/COMM.1014 (2021)] adopted at its 1014th meeting held on 26 July 2021, Communique [PSC/PR/COMM.(CMXIV)] adopted at its 914th meeting held on 5 March 2020, and Communique [PSC/PR/COMM. CMI)] adopted at its 901st held on 13 December 2019;

Faithful to all the provisions of the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), specifically Article 2 mandating the PSC as a standing decision-making organ for preventing, managing and resolving conflicts and Article 12 providing for the establishment of a Continental Early Warning System (CEWS) to facilitate the anticipation and prevention of conflicts; 

Committed to the realisation of Agenda 2063 and its flagship projects to achieve inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development, especially Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2030;

Noting the opening remarks by H.E. Ambassador Willy Nyamitwe, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Burundi to the AU and Chairperson of the PSC for April 2022, and H.E. Ambassador Adeoye Bankole, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security;

Also noting the presentations by H.E. Ambassador Zainab Ali Kotoko, Executive Secretary of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) and Dr. Alhaji Sarjoh Bah, Director, Conflict Management in the AU Commission’s Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS);

Reaffirming the solidarity of the AU with the Member States affected by various threats to peace, security, governance, and stability; and

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2022-04-06 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1073rd-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-6-april-2022-on-the-continental-early-warning-and-security-outlook-in-africa
<![CDATA[The PSCF Guarantors (UN, AU, ICGLR and SADC) strongly condemn the recent attacks by the ex-M23 rebels in eastern DRC and urge the group to definitively cease all hostilities]]>/en/article/the-pscf-guarantors-un-au-icglr-and-sadc-strongly-condemn-the-recent-attacks-by-the-ex-m23-rebels-in-eastern-drc-and-urge-the-group-to-definitively-cease-all-hostilitiesThe Guarantor Institutions of the Peace, Security and Cooperation  Framework (PSCF) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region, signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 24 February 2013, namely the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the United Nations (UN), strongly condemn the resurgence of attacks by the ex- “Mouvement du 23 Mars” (ex-M23) rebels against positions of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and deplore the impact on the civilian population of the violence linked to the activities of armed groups in the eastern DRC. 

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2022-04-05 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/the-pscf-guarantors-un-au-icglr-and-sadc-strongly-condemn-the-recent-attacks-by-the-ex-m23-rebels-in-eastern-drc-and-urge-the-group-to-definitively-cease-all-hostilities
<![CDATA[African Union Commission deploys election observers in the Gambia to observe the 9 April 2022 National Assembly Elections]]>/en/article/press-release-african-union-commission-deploys-election-observers-in-the-gambia-to-observe-the-9-april-2022-national-assembly-electionsAs the Republic of The Gambia prepares to hold National Elections on 9 April 2022, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat, has deployed the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to the Gambia to observe the Elections from 2 to 14 April 2022. The AUEOM comprises 12 short-term observers (STOs) and three Core Team of electoral experts.

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2022-04-05 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-release-african-union-commission-deploys-election-observers-in-the-gambia-to-observe-the-9-april-2022-national-assembly-elections
<![CDATA[African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) transitions to African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS)]]>/en/article/press-release-african-union-mission-in-somalia-amisom-transitions-to-african-union-transition-mission-in-somalia-atmisADDIS ABABA, April 1, 2022: The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) has effectively taken over from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), in line with the decision of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) during its 1068th meeting held on 08 March 2022, mandating the ATMIS to support the Federal Government of Somalia in the implementation of the Somali Transition Plan and to transfer security responsibilities to the Somali security forces and institutions. 

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2022-04-04 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-release-african-union-mission-in-somalia-amisom-transitions-to-african-union-transition-mission-in-somalia-atmis
<![CDATA[Media Advisory: 1072nd Meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council - Invitation to the Representatives of the Media]]>/en/article/media-advisory-1072nd-meeting-of-the-au-peace-and-security-council-invitation-to-the-representatives-of-the-mediaWhat: 

The 1072nd African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council Meeting The session on Mine Action will be open to the African and international media.  

When: 

Friday, 1st April 2022, at 10:00 am (EAT) GMT+3 in the Plenary Hall of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Peace & Security Building.

Who: 

The Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission.

Why: 

The Organization of African Unity (OAU) and the African Union have taken a number of steps to assist the Member States in addressing the problem of landmines. To further this agenda, the African Union Commission (AUC) is organizing a brief on mine action during the AU Peace and Security Council session.

Objectives:


  1. Promoting the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention which forms a central component of the mine action normative framework;
  2. Emphasizing the increased necessity and urgency of strengthening coordinated regional approaches on action against landmines;
  3. Encouraging State Parties to fulfil their obligations to realize the goal set by Maputo Declaration and the recently adopted Oslo Action Plan of 29 November 2019;
  4. Taking stock of the implementation status of the continental mine action activities, challenges faced and exchange views on the way forward.

Expected Outcomes:


  1. Support to enhance, and revitalize ownership of national mine action programmes and strengthening inter African cooperation;
  2. Avail a strategic forum for networking opportunity to strengthen national Mine Action efforts, and promote opportunities for global partnership and regional cooperation;
  3. Deliberate on best practices that are key to the successful implementation of the Convention’s obligations including revitalization national ownership and national mine action strategy;
  4. Support establishment of coordination mechanisms in and among Member states at the national, regional and continental levels;
  5. Raise awareness, advocate for enhanced international partnership and collaboration to achieve the obligation by 2025, as stipulated in the Convention.

Media representatives are invited to attend the session on Mine Action.


For media inquiries, please contact: Mr. Molalet Tsedeke; Media Center Coordinator; Information and Communication Directorate, AU Commission; Tel: +251911630631; E-mail: molalett@africa-union.org


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2022-04-01 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/media-advisory-1072nd-meeting-of-the-au-peace-and-security-council-invitation-to-the-representatives-of-the-media
<![CDATA[Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, at the Meeting of the Peace and Security Council, April 1, 2022 ]]>/en/article/remarks-by-h-e-ambassador-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-at-the-meeting-of-the-peace-and-security-council-april-1-2022REMARKS BY

 H.E. AMBASSADOR BANKOLE ADEOYE

COMMISSIONER FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS, PEACE AND SECURITY

  

AT THE MEETING OF THE PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL

1 APRIL 2022

 

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2022-04-01 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/remarks-by-h-e-ambassador-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-at-the-meeting-of-the-peace-and-security-council-april-1-2022
<![CDATA[Communiqué of the 1072nd meeting of the PSC on Mine Action in Africa held on 1 April 2022, in commemoration of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1072nd-meeting-of-the-psc-on-mine-action-in-africa-held-on-1-april-2022-in-commemoration-of-the-international-day-for-mine-awareness-and-assistance-in-mine-actionAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1072nd meeting on Mine Action in Africa held on 1 April 2022, in commemoration of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action:

The Peace and Security Council,

Recalling its previous decisions and pronouncements on Mine Action and related thematic areas, particularly Communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM.(DCCCXXXVII)] adopted at its 837th meeting held on 4 April 2019, and communiqué PSC/PR/COMM.1032(2021) adopted at its 1032nd meeting held on 16 September 2021; also recalling the AU Mine Action and Explosives Remnants of War Strategic Framework;

Highlighting the critical importance of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC), the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) in strengthening and upholding the norms against explosive weapons on the Continent;

Faithful to Resolution CM/Res 1593 on the “UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and Problems Posed by the Proliferation of Anti-Personnel Mines in Africa”, adopted at the 62nd Ordinary Session of the OAU Council of Ministers, in June 1995, which, inter alia, called for the total ban of anti-personnel landmines and the universalization of the relevant legally binding instruments, as well as endorsed measures to address the impact of landmines and the developments that led to the adoption of the Common African Positions on landmines; also mindful of Decision CM/Dec.363 (LXVI) adopted by the 66th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers in May 1997 in Harare, Zimbabwe;

Stressing that the Common African Position on Anti-personnel Mines adopted by the 2nd Continental Conference of African Experts in September 2004 and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) adopted in July 2017 are instruments adopted to guide Member States to comprehensively prohibit and totally eliminate Nuclear Weapons;

Noting the statement of H.E. Evariste Ndayishimiye, President of the Republic of Burundi, delivered on his behalf by Ambassador Willy Nyamitwe, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Burundi to the African Union and Chairperson of the PSC for the month of April 2022, and the presentation by Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; also noting the statements by the representatives of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); and

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2022-04-01 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1072nd-meeting-of-the-psc-on-mine-action-in-africa-held-on-1-april-2022-in-commemoration-of-the-international-day-for-mine-awareness-and-assistance-in-mine-action
<![CDATA[Communiqué of the 1071st meeting of the PSC held on 31 March 2022, on the implementation of the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone Treaty (Treaty of Pelindaba)]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1071st-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-31-march-2022-on-the-implementation-of-the-african-nuclear-weapon-free-zone-treaty-treaty-of-pelindabaAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1071st meeting held on 31 March 2022, on the implementation of the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone Treaty (Treaty of Pelindaba):

The Peace and Security Council,

Recalling its previous decisions and pronouncements on nuclear energy, non-proliferation, disarmament and the status of the Treaty of Pelindaba, particularly its Communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM.(DLXXXIV)] adopted at  the 584th meeting of the Council, held on 29 March 2016, as well as the provisions of the Treaty of Pelindaba and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) which was adopted in July 2017 and came into force on 22 January 2021, all of which are instruments aimed at the total prohibition and elimination of  Nuclear Weapons; 

Noting the opening remarks by H.E. Ambassador Prof. Mafa Sejanamane, the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Lesotho to the AU and PSC Chairperson for the month of March 2022, and the presentation by H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, and also noting the presentation by Mr. Messaoud Baaliouamer, Acting Executive Secretary of the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE), as well as the statements by the representatives of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC);

Mindful of the objective of Strategic Priority Four of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) roadmap which aims at enhancing the timeliness and effectiveness of the response to strategic security challenges by all stakeholders, including the implementation of the international regimes on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), disarmament and non-proliferation; and

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

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2022-03-31 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1071st-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-31-march-2022-on-the-implementation-of-the-african-nuclear-weapon-free-zone-treaty-treaty-of-pelindaba