Security Council underscore effective AU-UN partnership

NEW YORK, May 24 (KUNA) — World’s top body underscored today the importance of developing effective partnerships between the UN and regional organizations, in particular the African Union, in accordance with its the relevant statutes of the regional organizations.
The UN Security Council, led by Egypt, adopted a presidential statement reiterating its primary responsibility under the Charter for the maintenance of international peace and security, recalling that cooperation with regional and sub- regional organizations in matters relating to the maintenance of international peace and security and consistent with chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations “can improve collective security.
The 15-member body commended in the statement, the increased contribution of the African Union to the maintenance of peace and security, and welcomed the continuing important efforts and enhanced peacekeeping role of the African Union and its sub-regional organizations, consistent with Security Council resolutions and decisions, to prevent, mediate and settle conflicts in the African continent, paying tribute in this regard to the courage and sacrifice of those serving with African-led peace operations.
Acknowledging the progress made in the ongoing cooperation between both organizations, the Council stressed the importance of further strengthening cooperation and developing an effective partnership with the African Union underpinned by mutual consultations.
The Security Council welcomed the UN’s peacekeeping partnership with the AU, including support to the second’s efforts to develop policy, guidance and training, in particular in the areas of security sector reform, post-conflict reconstruction, women, peace and security, and protection of civilians, including child protection and prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence, in armed conflicts and post-conflict situations.
Moreover, the Council underscored the need to enhance the UN-AU pre-deployment joint planning and joint mission assessment processes, as appropriate, to promote common understanding and increase effectiveness of peacekeeping missions, and to improve planning for AU-led peace operations and when relevant the management of transitions from AU-led to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Prior to the adoption of the statement, briefers noted that yesterday had marked the 10th-anniversary of annual security consultations between the Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council.
On his part, the Special Representative of the Secretary General to the African Union and Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Haile Menkerios expressed that he is more hopeful than ever that efforts to strengthen the partnership between the AU and the UN will remain critical to the continued quest for security and stability in Africa.
Among the progress made in strengthening cooperation, he affirmed that threats to international peace and security in Africa remain “real and numerous.” (end)

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