Peace and Security Department, African Union, ending conflicts and sustaining peace in Africahttp://www.peaceau.org/Peace and Security, African Union, RSS FeedenMonday 22 April 2024 Monday 22 April 2024 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[Communique of the 1209th Meeting of the PSC held on 18 April 2024, on Briefing on the Situation in Sudan]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1209th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-18-april-2024-on-briefing-on-the-situation-in-sudanAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1209th meeting, held on 18 April 2024, on Briefing on the Situation in Sudan.

The Peace and Security Council,

Recalling its previous decisions and pronouncements on the situation in Sudan, in particular, Communique [PSC/MIN/COMM.1185 (2023)]adopted at its meeting held at ministerial level on 15 November 2023; [PSC/AHG/COMM.1156 (2023)] adopted at its 1156th meeting held at the level of Heads of State and Government on 27 May 2023 and Communique [PSC/PR/COMM.1149 (2023)] adopted at its 1149th meeting held on 16 April 2023; as well as Press Statement [PSC/PR/BR.1154 (2023)] adopted at its 1154th meeting held on 16 May 2023;

Reaffirming the continued commitment of the AU to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity, national unity and independence of the Republic of Sudan;

Reiterating the AU's solidarity with the people of Sudan in their legitimate aspiration for the restoration of constitutional order through a civilian-led government;

Noting the opening remarks by H.E. Ambassador Jainaba Jagne, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of The Gambia to the AU and Stand-In Chairperson of the PSC for April 2024; the Introductory Statement by H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; the briefing by H.E. Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, AU High Representative for Silencing the Guns; as well as the statements by the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Sudan, H.E. Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra; and by the representative of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD); and

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2024-04-19 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1209th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-18-april-2024-on-briefing-on-the-situation-in-sudan
<![CDATA[Remarks by Dr. Alhaji Sarjoh Bah, Director of Conflict Management Directorate in the Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department, to the Workshop on Autonomous Weapons System: An ECOWAS Perspective, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 17 – 18 April 2024]]>/en/article/remarks-by-dr-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-in-the-political-affairs-peace-and-security-department-to-the-workshop-on-autonomous-weapons-system-an-ecowas-perspective-freetown-sierra-leone-17-18-april-2024-                His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone,

-                Honourable Ministers of Government,

-                Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps,

-                Members of the Media,

-                Excellencies,

-                Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, His Excellence Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, it is a singular honour to be back to the motherland to participate in this important conference. I would also like to express the gratitude of the African Union Commission to the Republic of Sierra Leone for inviting the African Union (AU) to this important event on such a timely topic.

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2024-04-17 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/remarks-by-dr-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-in-the-political-affairs-peace-and-security-department-to-the-workshop-on-autonomous-weapons-system-an-ecowas-perspective-freetown-sierra-leone-17-18-april-2024
<![CDATA[AU holds a workshop on Cyber Diplomacy ]]>/en/article/press-release-au-holds-a-workshop-on-cyber-diplomacyThe Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) Department of the African Union Commission, jointly with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH partnership for strengthening cybersecurity project, held a workshop on Cyber Diplomacy for the embassies and permanent Missions of the AU Member States in Addis Ababa, at the AU Headquarters from 15 to 16 April 2024.

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2024-04-16 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-release-au-holds-a-workshop-on-cyber-diplomacy
<![CDATA[AU Commemorates Kwibuka30 with renewed promise to prevent genocide]]>/en/article/au-commemorates-kwibuka30-with-renewed-promise-to-prevent-genocideThe Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Ethiopia, solemnly observed the 30th Commemoration of the Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda, at the AU Headquarters, under the theme "Remember-Unite-Renew".

During a span of 100 days, over one million Rwandan citizens lost their lives in the Genocide committed against the Tutsi in 1994. Since April 7, 2010, the AU has been organizing annual commemoration events. The year 2024 signifies the 30th anniversary of those tragic days.

This significant event, known as Kwibuka30, is a call to all AU Member States, continental organizations and civil society organizations to reaffirm their unwavering support to the prevention and the fight against genocide and to ensure that it never happens again in Rwanda or anywhere else. 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 commemoration provided a fitting opportunity; to stand in solidarity with the survivors, to honor the victims while pledging our commitment to fight hate speech, genocide ideology and discrimination.

The commemoration featured various activities, including a “walk to remember” in honor of the victims and survivors; prayers by religious leaders, a minute of silence to pay homage to those who fought to end the genocide, a candle-lighting ceremony as a sign of hope and resilience; a documentary highlighting the root causes of the genocide against the Tutsi and thus debunking the theory of spontaneous killings and a video recorded testimony by a genocide survivor who bravely shared her ordeal and that of her family during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.

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<![CDATA[AUEOM Arrival Statement for the 24 March Presidential Election in Senegal ]]>/en/article/aueom-arrival-statement-for-the-24-march-presidential-election-in-senegalAUEOM Arrival Statement for the 24 March Presidential Election in Senegal --->  https://www.peaceau.org/uploads/scan.pdf

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2024-03-22 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/aueom-arrival-statement-for-the-24-march-presidential-election-in-senegal
<![CDATA[Statement by Ambassador Emilia Ndinelao Mkusa, of the Republic of Namibia to Ethiopia and the AU, and Chairperson of the AU PSC for the Month of March 2024, at the 2nd AU Reflection Forum on Unconstitutional Changes of Government. 18-19 March 2024 Accra, Ghana]]>/en/article/statement-by-ambassador-emilia-ndinelao-mkusa-of-the-republic-of-namibia-to-ethiopia-and-the-au-and-chairperson-of-the-au-psc-for-the-month-of-march-2024-at-the-2nd-au-reflection-forum-on-unconstitutional-changes-of-government-18-19-march-2024-accra-ghanaYour Excellency, Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana,

Your Excellency Shirley Ayorkor Botschwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana

Your Excellencies, Members of the Peace and Security Council

Your Excellency, Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union,

Distinguished representatives of various AU Organs and RECs/RMs present,

Distinguished partners and invited guests

Ladies and gentlemen, all protocols observed.

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2024-03-19 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/statement-by-ambassador-emilia-ndinelao-mkusa-of-the-republic-of-namibia-to-ethiopia-and-the-au-and-chairperson-of-the-au-psc-for-the-month-of-march-2024-at-the-2nd-au-reflection-forum-on-unconstitutional-changes-of-government-18-19-march-2024-accra-ghana
<![CDATA[Address by the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, At the Reflection Forum II on Unconstitutional Changes of Government. 18th March 2024]]>/en/article/address-by-the-president-of-the-republic-nana-addo-dankwa-akufo-addo-at-the-reflection-forum-ii-on-unconstitutional-changes-of-government-18th-march-2024Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, before I start my presentation, let us remember that no effort for peace will succeed or endure without the meaningful contribution and inclusion of women and girls. As we are still in month of March, within which we celebrated International Women’s Day, may I please ask all of us to raise our hands in applause to recognise the contribution of our women in the search for peace and stability on this continent.

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2024-03-19 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/address-by-the-president-of-the-republic-nana-addo-dankwa-akufo-addo-at-the-reflection-forum-ii-on-unconstitutional-changes-of-government-18th-march-2024
<![CDATA[Goodwill Message by H.E. Madam Damtien L. TCHINTCHIBIDJA, Vice-President of the ECOWAS Commission at the Official launch of the Second African Union Reflection Forum on Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa (Accra II) – 18 – 19 March 2024: Accra, Ghana]]>/en/article/goodwill-message-by-h-e-madam-damtien-l-tchintchibidja-vice-president-of-the-ecowas-commission-at-the-official-launch-of-the-second-african-union-reflection-forum-on-unconstitutional-changes-of-government-in-africa-accra-ii-18-19-march-2024-accra-ghanaYour Excellencies,

Esteemed Invited Guests,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my pleasure and honour to deliver this Goodwill Message on this auspicious occasion of the 2nd Edition of the Forum on Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa.

I would like to start by expressing the appreciation of the ECOWAS Commission and that of the African Union Commission, for inviting us to co-organise this event. Together, we would like to sincerely thank the Government and the people of Ghana for hosting this event for the second time, which demonstrates unflinching support to the tenets of liberal democracy and good governance in Africa.

Permit me to also express the profound gratitude of the ECOWAS Commission to the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo for the remarkable leadership during his tenure as Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, and particularly during the trying times occasioned by the coups d’états in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso, and for his tireless efforts in making sure that we address the challenge of Unconstitutional Changes of Government in the ECOWAS Region.

Though the ECOWAS region is presently going through a difficult period due to recent political dynamics in the region, we remain resolute and confident that with collaborative efforts, we will work through the challenges and emerge as a stronger and more cohesive region.

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

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2024-03-19 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/goodwill-message-by-h-e-madam-damtien-l-tchintchibidja-vice-president-of-the-ecowas-commission-at-the-official-launch-of-the-second-african-union-reflection-forum-on-unconstitutional-changes-of-government-in-africa-accra-ii-18-19-march-2024-accra-ghana
<![CDATA[Statement by Ms. Cynthia Chigwenya, African Youth Ambassador for Peace, for Southern Africa, at the Second African Union Reflection Forum on Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa (Accra II Process on UCG). 18th March 2024, Accra, Ghana]]>/en/article/statement-by-ms-cynthia-chigwenya-african-youth-ambassador-for-peace-for-southern-africa-at-the-second-african-union-reflection-forum-on-unconstitutional-changes-of-government-in-africa-accra-ii-process-on-ucg-18th-march-2024-accra-ghanaYour Excellencies, Distinguished Participants,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

While preparing my remarks for today, I contemplated the experience from which I would draw my reflections, either as one of the five African Youth Ambassadors for Peace or reflecting on my work with political parties in Africa at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. And to be honest, these professional capacities are a privilege and may be limiting in representing reflections of the average youth. So today, allow me to speak simply as a young African.

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2024-03-19 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/statement-by-ms-cynthia-chigwenya-african-youth-ambassador-for-peace-for-southern-africa-at-the-second-african-union-reflection-forum-on-unconstitutional-changes-of-government-in-africa-accra-ii-process-on-ucg-18th-march-2024-accra-ghana
<![CDATA[Statement by H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, delivered by H.E. Amb. Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, at the Second African Union Reflection Forum on Unconstitutional Change of Governments (UCGs) In Africa. Accra, Ghana, 18 March 2024]]>/en/article/statement-by-h-e-mr-moussa-faki-mahamat-chairperson-of-the-african-union-commission-delivered-by-h-e-amb-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-at-the-second-african-union-reflection-forum-on-unconstitutional-change-of-govePROTOCOL

Your Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana and our Special Guest of Honour

Ministers here present, and members of parliament

Esteemed members of the AU PSC and ambassadors

Vice President of ECOWAS

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the African Union

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Africa

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria

Esteemed delegates

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen!

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2024-03-19 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/statement-by-h-e-mr-moussa-faki-mahamat-chairperson-of-the-african-union-commission-delivered-by-h-e-amb-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-at-the-second-african-union-reflection-forum-on-unconstitutional-change-of-gove
<![CDATA[Press Release: African Union Honours the Team of African Experts Who Served Under the AU Monitoring, Verification and Compliance Mission (MVCM) in Tigray]]>/en/article/press-release-african-union-honours-the-team-of-african-experts-who-served-under-the-au-monitoring-verification-and-compliance-mission-mvcm-in-tigrayThe African Union (AU) honoured the gallant services of twenty-one African military and civilian personnel serving under the AU Monitoring, Verification and Compliance Mission (MVCM) stationed in the Tigray region of Ethiopia since December 2022. These valiant men and women from Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa received AU service medals for painstakingly carrying out their duties of monitoring, verifying and ensuring compliance with implementing the Permanent Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA). Their responsibilities included monitoring the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) process, the resettlement of internally displaced persons, the resumption of economic and social services, the facilitation of humanitarian access and the protection of civilians in the Tigray region.

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2024-03-13 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-release-african-union-honours-the-team-of-african-experts-who-served-under-the-au-monitoring-verification-and-compliance-mission-mvcm-in-tigray
<![CDATA[Press Release: African Union Convenes Second Reflection Forum on Unconstitutional Changes of Government (Accra II process on UCGs) to be held in Accra, Ghana ]]>/en/article/press-release-african-union-convenes-second-reflection-forum-on-unconstitutional-changes-of-government-accra-ii-process-on-ucgs-to-be-held-in-accra-ghanaThe African Union (AU) Commission, as mandated by the Peace and Security Council (PSC), in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Government of the Republic of Ghana, is organising the Second AU Reflection Forum on Unconstitutional Changes of Government (UCGs), also known as the Accra II process on UCGs, from 18 to 19 March 2024, in Accra, Ghana. The forum, which will be held under the theme, "Robust Response, Deepening Democracy, Sustainable Security", will build on the first edition held in March 2022 and on the Declaration on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa, also known as the Malabo Declaration on UCGs, adopted during the 16th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union on Terrorism and UCGs in Africa on 28 May 2022.

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2024-03-13 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-release-african-union-convenes-second-reflection-forum-on-unconstitutional-changes-of-government-accra-ii-process-on-ucgs-to-be-held-in-accra-ghana
<![CDATA[Goodwill Message of Dr. Alhaji Sarjoh Bah, Director of Conflict Management Directorate, in the Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department]]>/en/article/goodwill-message-of-dr-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-in-the-political-affairs-peace-and-security-department-                Executive Director of WANEP, Dr. Chukwuemeka B. Eze, and Senior Management;

-                Special Guest of Honor, H.E. Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, AU High Representative for Silencing the Guns and Chair of the AU High-Level Panel on Sudan;

-                Mme Florence Iheme, WANEP Regional Board Chair;

-                Dr. Emmanuel Bombande, co-Founder of WANEP;

-                Excellencies;

-                Distinguished Guests;

-                Ladies and Gentlemen,

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2024-03-13 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/goodwill-message-of-dr-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-in-the-political-affairs-peace-and-security-department
<![CDATA[Communique of the 1204th Meeting of the PSC held on 13 March 2024, on the briefing by the Panel of the Wise on its activities in Africa]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1204th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-13-march-2024-on-the-briefing-by-the-panel-of-the-wise-on-its-activities-in-africaAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1204th meeting held on 13 March 2024 on the briefing by the Panel of the Wise on its activities in Africa.

The Peace and Security Council,

Recalling Assembly Decision [Assembly/AU/Dec.824 (XXXV)] adopted by the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union held from 5 to 6 February 2022, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, appointing the 5th Panel of the Wise and encouraging Member States to extend unflinching support to the incoming members of the Panel to facilitate the implementation of their strategic mandate to the fullest extent possible;

Further recalling its previous decisions and pronouncements on the activities of the Panel of the Wise, particularly Communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM.1152 (2023)] adopted at its 1152nd meeting held on 11 May 2023, and Communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM(DCLV)] adopted at its 665th meeting held on 13 March 2017;

Noting the opening remarks by H.E. Emilia Ndinealo Mkusa, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Namibia and Chairperson of the PSC for March 2024 and the statement by H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; further noting the briefing by Professor Babacar Kante, Chairperson of the AU Panel of the Wise;

Faithful to the provisions of Article 11 of the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, which established the Panel of the Wise to support the efforts of the PSC and the Chairperson of the AU Commission on conflict prevention, and all matters relating to the promotion of peace, security and stability in Africa; and reaffirming its commitment to regularising the briefings by the Panel of the Wise;  and

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2024-03-13 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1204th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-13-march-2024-on-the-briefing-by-the-panel-of-the-wise-on-its-activities-in-africa
<![CDATA[Press Release: AU High-Level Panel on Sudan Concludes its First Shuttle Diplomacy Mission in the Region]]>/en/article/press-release-au-high-level-panel-on-sudan-concludes-its-first-shuttle-diplomacy-mission-in-the-regionThe High-Level Panel for Sudan (HLP-Sudan) has concluded its first shuttle diplomacy mission. The HLP-Sudan is chaired by H.E. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, AU High Representative for Silencing the Guns, and includes Dr Specioza Wandira-Kazibwe, former Vice President of Uganda, and Ambassador Francisco Madeira, former AU Special Representative of the Chairperson to Somalia.

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2024-03-11 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-release-au-high-level-panel-on-sudan-concludes-its-first-shuttle-diplomacy-mission-in-the-region
<![CDATA[Press Statement: African Union Convenes the First Strategic Reflection Meeting on the Implementation of the Permanent Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA) in Ethiopia]]>/en/article/press-statement-african-union-convenes-the-first-strategic-reflection-meeting-on-the-implementation-of-the-permanent-cessation-of-hostilities-agreement-coha-in-ethiopiaThe Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, convened the First Strategic Reflection Meeting on the Implementation of the Permanent Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA) in Ethiopia to review progress, identify key challenges, and propose ways to address gaps in the implementation of the CoHA.

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2024-03-11 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-statement-african-union-convenes-the-first-strategic-reflection-meeting-on-the-implementation-of-the-permanent-cessation-of-hostilities-agreement-coha-in-ethiopia
<![CDATA[Press Statement: The Africa Platform on Children Affected by Armed Conflicts (AP-CAAC) denounces the mass abduction of pupils and teachers in Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria]]>/en/article/press-statement-the-africa-platform-on-children-affected-by-armed-conflicts-ap-caac-denounces-the-mass-abduction-of-pupils-and-teachers-in-kaduna-state-northern-nigeriaAddis Ababa, 9 March 2024 - The Africa Platform on Children Affected by Armed Conflicts (AP-CAAC) joins the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, to strongly denounce the mass abduction of more than 280 pupils and teachers of the Government Secondary School and LEA Primary School at Kuriga, Kaduna State, Nigeria, on Thursday, 7 March 2024.

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2024-03-10 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-statement-the-africa-platform-on-children-affected-by-armed-conflicts-ap-caac-denounces-the-mass-abduction-of-pupils-and-teachers-in-kaduna-state-northern-nigeria
<![CDATA[Communique of the 1203rd meeting of the PSC held on 4 March 2024, on Consideration of the Situation in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Deployment of the Southern African Development Community Mission in the DRC (SAMIDRC) ]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1203rd-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-4-march-2024-on-consideration-of-the-situation-in-the-eastern-democratic-republic-of-congo-drc-and-the-deployment-of-the-southern-african-development-community-mission-in-the-drc-samidrcCOMMUNIQUÉ

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1203rd meeting held on 4 March 2024, on Consideration of the Situation in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Deployment of the Southern African Development Community Mission in the DRC (SAMIDRC).

The Peace and Security Council,

Recalling all its previous decisions and pronouncements on the situation in the Eastern DRC, particularly Communiqués [PSC/PR/COMM.1145 (2023) adopted at its 1145th meeting held on 31 March 2023 and [PSC/HoSG/COMM.1040 (2023)] adopted at its 1140th meeting held at Heads of State and Government level, on 17 February 2023;

Further recalling the 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in which the Heads of State and Government of the AU pledged their determination to achieve the goal of a conflict-free Continent, to make peace a reality for all of Africa’s citizens and not to bequeath the burden of conflicts to future generations;

Deeply concerned by the scourge of conflicts on the Continent and their impediment to socio-economic development and reaffirming commitment to realise Agenda 2063 and its flagship projects, including Silencing the Guns by 2030;

Noting the opening remarks by H.E. Ambassador Emilia Mkusa, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Namibia to the AU and Chairperson of the PSC for March 2024 and the introductory statement by Dr. Alhaji Sarjoh Bah, Director of the Conflict Management Directorate on behalf of H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs Peace and Security; also noting the statement by H.E. Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen’Apala, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign of the Democratic Republic of Congo, H.E. Ambassador Rose Sakala, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Zambia, representing the SADC Chair of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Affairs, as well as Professor Kula Ishmael Theletsane, Director of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Affairs;

Reaffirming the unwavering commitment of the AU to respect the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the DRC and the solidarity of the AU with the people and the Government of the DRC in their legitimate aspirations for peace, stability, and socio-economic development; and


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<![CDATA[Communique of the 1203rd Meeting of the PSC held held on 4 March 2024, on the Updated Briefing on the Operations of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM)]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1203rd-meeting-of-the-psc-held-held-on-4-march-2024-on-the-updated-briefing-on-the-operations-of-the-southern-african-development-community-sadc-mission-in-mozambique-samimCOMMUNIQUÉ

 

Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 1203rd meeting, held on 4 March 2024, on the Updated Briefing on the Operations of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM).

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<![CDATA[AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security participated in the High-Level Segment of the 55th Session of the UN Human Rights Council and engaged with the African Group of Ambassadors in Geneva at the joint AU-UN Side Event]]>/en/article/au-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-participated-in-the-high-level-segment-of-the-55th-session-of-the-un-human-rights-council-and-engaged-with-the-african-group-of-ambassadors-in-geneva-at-the-joint-au-un-side-eventThe AU Political Affairs, Peace and Security Commissioner, Amb Bankole Adeoye, participated in the High-Level Segment of the 55th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on 27 February 2024 and briefed the Council on the State of Human Rights in Africa, in particular the right to development.

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2024-03-02 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/au-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-participated-in-the-high-level-segment-of-the-55th-session-of-the-un-human-rights-council-and-engaged-with-the-african-group-of-ambassadors-in-geneva-at-the-joint-au-un-side-event
<![CDATA[Opening Statement by H.E. Amb. Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security African Union Commission, at the High-Level Dialogue on the Right to Development Human Rights Council, Palais des Nations – Geneva, 28 February 2024 ]]>/en/article/opening-statement-by-h-e-amb-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-african-union-commission-at-the-high-level-dialogue-on-the-right-to-development-human-rights-council-palais-des-nations-geneva-28-february-2024Your Excellency Mr. Volker Türk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 

Your Excellency Amb. Abiodun Richards Adejola, Permanent Representative of Nigeria, Chairperson of the African Group in Geneva

Your Excellencies, African Ambassadors and Permananet Representatives in Geneva.

Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and Members of the Diplomatic Corp;

Honorable representative of AU Organs and Institutions;

Distinguished representatives of the CSOs, Media and Academia;

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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<![CDATA[Statement by H.E. Amb. Bankole Adeoye AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, at the High-Level Segment of the Human Rights Council ]]>/en/article/statement-by-h-e-amb-bankole-adeoye-au-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-at-the-high-level-segment-of-the-human-rights-councilPresident of the Human Rights Council.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates

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2024-02-27 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/statement-by-h-e-amb-bankole-adeoye-au-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-at-the-high-level-segment-of-the-human-rights-council
<![CDATA[Press Release: Technical Consultation to Boost African Union Commission and ECOWAS Commission Coordination and Partnership for Peace]]>/en/article/technical-consultation-to-boost-african-union-commission-and-ecowas-commission-coordination-and-partnership-for-peaceAbuja, Nigeria, 27 February 2024: The Political Affairs, Peace and Security Departments of both the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) held a technical consultation meeting from 26 to 27 February 2024 in Abuja, Nigeria, to scale-up institutional cooperation, coordination and partnership towards advancing good governance, peace, security and stability in the West African region and consequently across the continent.

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2024-02-27 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/technical-consultation-to-boost-african-union-commission-and-ecowas-commission-coordination-and-partnership-for-peace
<![CDATA[Communique of the 1202nd meeting of the PSC held on 27 February 2024, on the Fight Against the Use of Child Soldiers]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1202nd-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-27-february-2024-on-the-fight-against-the-use-of-child-soldiersAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1202nd  meeting held on 27 February 2024, on the Fight Against the Use of Child Soldiers.

The Peace and Security Council,

Recalling Decision [Assembly/AU/Dec.718 (XXXII)] adopted by the 32nd Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government held from 10 to 11 February 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which, among others, requested the Commission, in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders, to explore ways to strengthen the existing AU and Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs) mechanisms for the protection of children in situations of conflict;

Further recalling all previous decisions and pronouncements on the plight of children in armed conflicts and related themes, particularly, Communiqués [PSC/PR/COMM.1110 (2022) adopted at its 1110th meeting held on 5 October 2022;

Deeply concerned by the increasingly asymmetrical nature of armed conflicts on the Continent, including the rise in violent extremism and terrorist attacks, as well as emerging unconventional threats to peace and security on the Continent resulting in increased vulnerability of children to the grave violations of their rights in situations of conflict particularly to the recruitment and use of children by armed forces and armed groups;

Noting the opening remarks by H.E Mohammed Arrouchi, the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the AU and the Chairperson of the PSC for February 2024, the statement by H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security and Co-chair of the Africa Platform on Children Affected by Armed Conflicts (AP CAAC), read on his behalf by Dr. Isabela Warioba, the statement by H.E. Ambassador Jainaba Jagne, Permanent Representative of the Republic of The Gambia to the AU and Co-chair of the AP CAAC, and the statements by Honorable Robert Nanima, Special Rapporteur on Children Affected by Armed Conflicts  and member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC); Also noting the statements by the representatives of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Save the Children, as well as by Professor Abdelkader Filali, Moroccan Professor and Expert on the fight against the use of child soldiers; and

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2024-02-27 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1202nd-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-27-february-2024-on-the-fight-against-the-use-of-child-soldiers
<![CDATA[Communique of the 1202nd meeting of the PSC held on 27 February 2024 on Briefing on the Situation in South Sudan]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1202nd-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-27-february-2024-on-briefing-on-the-situation-in-south-sudanAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1202nd  meeting held on 27 February 2024 on Briefing on the Situation in South Sudan:

The Peace and Security Council,

Recalling its previous decisions and pronouncements on the situation in South Sudan, particularly, Communiqués [PSC/PR/COMM.1186 (2023), adopted at its 1186th meeting held on 16 November 2023; [PSC/PR/COMM.1141 (2023), adopted at its 1141st meeting held on 28 February 2023; and [PSC/PR/COMM.1092 (2022)] adopted at its 1092nd meeting held on 11 July 2022;

Mindful of the impending end of the transition at the end of December 2024;

Reiterating the commitment of the AU as a guarantor of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), signed on 12 September 2018; and determined to ensure its successful implementation;

Reaffirming the solidarity of the AU with the people and the Government of the Republic of South Sudan in their legitimate aspirations to restore durable peace, security, stability and development in their country, and by extension, Africa as a whole;

Noting the introductory remarks by H.E. Ambassador Mohammed Arrouchi, the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the African Union (AU) and Chairperson of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) for February 2024; the Introductory statement by H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, AU Commissioner for political Affairs, Peace and Security;  and the briefing by the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission for South Sudan and Head of AU Liaison Office in Juba, H.E. Ambassador Professor Joram Mukama Biswaro; also noting the statements by the Charge d’Affairs of the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in Addis Ababa, H.E. Ambassador David Dang Kong; by H.E. Ambassador Dr. Smail Wais, the representative of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD);  by the Interim Chairperson of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC), Major General (Rtd) Charles Gituai; and by H.E. Mr. Nicholas Haysom, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS);

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<![CDATA[The Expanded Mechanism Meets the AU High-Level Panel for Sudan]]>/en/article/the-expanded-mechanism-meets-the-au-high-level-panel-for-sudanThe Expanded Mechanism for the Resolution of the Sudan Crisis, convened a meeting at the level of Permanent Representatives to the African Union, on 20 February 2024, in which members were introduced to the newly-appointed AU High-Level Panel for Sudan. Present at the meeting were the African Union Commission, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the United Nations, the League of Arab States, the European Union, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Chad, the Republic of Djibouti, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of France, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Turkiye, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

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2024-02-21 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/the-expanded-mechanism-meets-the-au-high-level-panel-for-sudan
<![CDATA[Press Statement: Outcome of the Ministerial Consultative Meeting of the African Union Ad Hoc High-Level Committee for South Sudan (C5) ]]>/en/article/press-statement-outcome-of-the-ministerial-consultative-meeting-of-the-african-union-ad-hoc-high-level-committee-for-south-sudan-c5Addis Ababa, 16 February 2024. The African Union (AU) High-Level Ad hoc Committee for South Sudan (C5), chaired by H.E. Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, and comprising  Algeria, Chad, Nigeria and Rwanda and South Africa, convened a Ministerial level consultative meeting on the margins of the 37th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Governments to consider progress and challenges in the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), signed in 2018. The ministers exchanged views on ways and means of supporting implementation of outstanding tasks of the Revitalized Agreement in order to create conducive conditions for the successful organization of transparent and credible elections in December 2024 in accordance with the Roadmap of the extended transitional period reached in August 2022.

The meeting was attended by H.E. Ahmed Attaf, Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, People`s Democratic Republic of Algeria, H.E. Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chadians Abroad, and International Cooperation of the Republic of Chad, as well as the Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Rwanda.

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2024-02-16 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-statement-outcome-of-the-ministerial-consultative-meeting-of-the-african-union-ad-hoc-high-level-committee-for-south-sudan-c5
<![CDATA[The 2024 Statuary meeting at the Technical and Political level on AGA – APSA Platform concludes ahead of the AU summit in Addis Ababa]]>/en/article/the-2024-statuary-meeting-at-the-technical-and-political-level-on-aga-apsa-platform-concludes-ahead-of-the-au-summit-in-addis-ababaOn the margins of the 37th AU Summit, the African Union Commission (AUC) hosted the biannual Statutory African Governance Architecture – African Peace and Security Architecture (AGA-APSA) meeting at the Technical and Political level from 12-13 February 2024, at the AUC Head Quarters, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The meeting provided an opportunity for the AGA-APSA platform to plan for the year 2024 flagship activities, received updates about the AU and its organs implementation plans for the year 2023 and discussed ways to better enhance synergy and coordination among Platform members and the development partners. The platform also elected its new Chairperson and Vice Chairperson for a two-year term.

The meeting brought together technical as well political heads of the Platform from AU Political Affairs, Peace and Security (AU PAPS), AU Organs, Regional Economic Communities (RECs)/ Regional Mechanisms (RMs), the relevant AUC Departments and Directorates along with the development partners from the European Union (EU) and GIZ.

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2024-02-13 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/the-2024-statuary-meeting-at-the-technical-and-political-level-on-aga-apsa-platform-concludes-ahead-of-the-au-summit-in-addis-ababa
<![CDATA[Statement of the Africa Platform on Children Affected by Armed Conflicts on the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers]]>/en/article/statement-of-the-africa-platform-on-children-affected-by-armed-conflicts-on-the-international-day-against-the-use-of-child-soldiersAddis Ababa, 12 February 2024 - On the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers, the Co-Chairs of the Africa Platform on Children Affected by Armed Conflicts (AP-CAAC), H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union Commission and H.E. Ambassador Jainaba Jagne, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of The Gambia to the African Union, strongly condemn the recruitment and use of children in conflicts. They encourage Member States to take systematic and targeted steps to protect children against violations of all their rights, especially the recruitment and use of boys and girls in conflict situations. They further remind partners at global, regional and national levels of the need to accelerate efforts and increase resources for the protection of children, including against recruitment and use in conflicts.

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2024-02-12 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/statement-of-the-africa-platform-on-children-affected-by-armed-conflicts-on-the-international-day-against-the-use-of-child-soldiers
<![CDATA[African Union Commission and Partners Advocate for Equitable and Inclusive Education to Prevent Violence in Africa]]>/en/article/african-union-commission-and-partners-advocate-for-equitable-and-inclusive-education-to-prevent-violence-in-africaOn the sidelines of the 37th AU Summit, the African Union Commission, in collaboration with United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (UN-OHCHR), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the World Bank Group and the Institute of Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), hosted an Event: ‘Ensuring the right to equitable and inclusive quality education to break and prevent cycles of violence in Africa’ on Tuesday, 13 February 2024, at Ramada Hotel, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

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2024-02-12 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/african-union-commission-and-partners-advocate-for-equitable-and-inclusive-education-to-prevent-violence-in-africa