UN, AU sign framework on peace and security in Africa

20 Apr 2017, 12:00 am
Financial Nigeria

Summary

The joint UN-AU framework is expected to boost cooperation between the two organizations.

António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, and Chairperson of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, signed a new partnership framework to provide stronger response to the evolving challenges of peace and security operations in Africa. The framework agreement was signed on Wednesday at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Guterres and Mahamat told journalists that the Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhancing Partnership on Peace and Security is expected to boost cooperation between the two organizations at all levels, including human rights, good governance, as well as sustainable and inclusive development. The framework will also help align the African Union’s Agenda 2063 with the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ensure that they are both a “success story” in the continent.

“We no longer have the traditional peacekeeping operations, where peacekeepers separate two countries or two groups within the same country that have signed an agreement, and a makeshift peace essentially prevails,” Guterres said. “We are witnessing, in Africa, as around the world, changes that force us to have a strategic review of the way peace operations take place.”

Before the press briefing, Guterres and Mahamat jointly led the first UN-AU Annual Conference where both the 2030 Agenda and the AU’s Agenda 2063 were discussed, as well as the fight against terrorism and the financing of AU-led operations. The diplomats also discussed the situations in several countries, including Libya, Mali, the Central African Republic, and Somalia, as well as efforts to combat the activities of Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram.


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