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AU-UN Annual Conference reviews partnership

African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres on july 9 convened…

African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres on july 9 convened the second AU-UN Annual Conference at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Mahamat and Guterres “welcomed the strong collaboration between the AU and the UN, and expressed their commitment to further deepen the strategic partnership between the two organizations.

“They underscored the importance of multilateral organizations and multilateralism, as instrument for effective international governance and addressing global issues,” said the conference communique.
It added that the second annual conference reviewed the implementation of the Joint Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security, and welcomed the progress made. It also endorsed the action plan on the AU-UN Framework for the Implementation of Agenda 2063 and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development .
The AU and the UN undertook to enhance collaboration, cooperation and coordination in the search for sustainable solutions to ongoing and future challenges, based on the principles of complementarity, comparative advantage, burden-sharing and collective responsibility to respond early, coherently and decisively to prevent, manage, and resolve conflicts.
“The conference expressed deep concern over the evolving uncertainties in the international order, the rifts in international relations and the negative impact on the state of global peace and security, noting the need to adhere to established international norms, principles, and rules.
Mahamat and Guterres “called for further strengthening of a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated approach to conflict prevention by addressing the root causes of conflicts, strengthening political processes and respect for rule of law as well as the promotion of sustainable and inclusive development.
“The conference also reviewed challenges to peace, security and development on the continent, including in Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Lake Chad Basin, The Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Mali and the Sahel, Somalia, and South Sudan and agreed to jointly increase their support, in close cooperation with Regional Economic Communities, for the peace, security, development and stabilization initiatives in these countries, while cooperating more closely, particularly with respect to political processes.

“They urged for robust action by the international community, to alleviate the humanitarian crises, risks and vulnerability in the affected communities. They welcomed continued dialogue towards the implementation of the Sahel Support Plan developed as part of the recalibration of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, and exchange on the AU efforts in the Sahel including ongoing efforts to review its strategy.”

Mahamat, according to the communique, “briefed the Secretary-General on the important decisions adopted by the AU Assembly at its ordinary session in Nouakchott on the Western Sahara and Libyan conflicts. As a follow up, these decisions will be formerly conveyed to the Secretary-General and through him to the

UN Security Council. The AU looks forward to working closely with the UN on these two issues.”
The communique also stated that the annual conference “discussed the need to promote synergy between Agenda 2030 and 2063, through coherent integration of both agendas into national development frameworks as well as building requisite research, analytical, monitoring and evaluation capacities, at both national and regional levels.

“In this regard, the meeting stressed the critical role played by the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa and the Africa Peer Review Mechanism and urged all international partners to support Africa’s efforts to implement the two Agendas as a pre-condition for the achievement of peace, security and development on the continent.
“The annual conference reviewed the progress in the ongoing institutional reform processes of both organizations aimed at enhancing effectiveness and responsiveness to the needs and aspirations of their member states, and ensuring that the two organizations are fit for purpose and have the right capabilities to address contemporary challenges.

“The meeting agreed to continue to share experiences and best practice, including through staff-exchanges and training in support of the two reform processes.”

Mahamat and Guterres “briefed the Peace and Security Council (PSC of the African Union) on cooperation in peacekeeping missions in Africa.”

They agreed to convene the next AU-UN Annual Conference in New York in 2019

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