UN: UN Security Council welcomes UN, AU cooperation

New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Tuesday stressed the importance
of strengthening the existing cooperation between the UN and the African Union
(AU).

Adopting a Presidential Statement in New York, the 15-nation Council commended
the increased contribution of the AU to the maintenance of peace and security,
and acknowledged the progress made in the ongoing cooperation between the
UN and the AU.

The Council also welcomed the development of the new roadmap for 2016-2020
to make the African peace and security architecture fully operational,

It also noted that the recent reviews of the UN peace building architecture,
peace operations and the implementation of the UN Security Council resolution
1325 (2000) on "women, peace and security" provided an opportunity to build
a stronger, forward-looking partnership between the two organizations.

The Council, however, recognized that one major constraint facing the AU in
effectively carrying out the mandates of maintaining regional peace and
security is securing predictable, sustainable and flexible resources.

It also welcomed the appointment of an AU High Representative for the Peace
Fund.

PANA in New York reports that the adoption of the Presidential Statement came
during an open debate on "African peace and security architecture", organized
by Egypt, the Security Council President for this month.

It featured more than 40 speakers, including Mr. Herve Ladsous, UN Under
Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, who said: "The African Union,
directly or not, is the most important partner of the UN in peacekeeping."

He said that nine out of 16 UN peacekeeping operations are in Africa, almost
50 per cent of all uniformed peacekeepers come from AU member states, and
more than 80 per cent of all uniformed peacekeepers are deployed in UN
peacekeeping missions in Africa.

Noting that Tuesday marked the tenth anniversary of annual consultations
on peace and security between the UN and the AU, Mr. Ladsous said a prime
indicator of progress is the development of the African Standby Force.

He said that, the African peace and security architecture roadmap 2016-2020
signals a move away from ad hoc activity-based responses towards a more
strategic position.

"The role of the UN had changed from support and capacity-building to a
partnership based on unity of purpose and effort," the UN official said.

Mr. Ladsous also said that, "its key coordination mechanism is the UN-AU
Joint Task Force, which has increasingly encouraged proposals on
coordinated messaging, shared information, joint analysis and monitoring
of upcoming elections and crisis situations in Africa."

"However, the most active area of cooperation has been on the ground,
and it included the development of strategic concepts of operations for
the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), as well as the planning for operations
in Mali and the Central African Republic," he stressed.

Noting the UN Secretary-General’s call for more predictable and
sustainable financing and support for African peace operations authorized
by the Security Council, he said that the two organizations will launch a
joint review on financing and support for AU peace operations this week.

Also, Mr. Haile Menkerios, UN Special Representative to the AU and Special
Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, noted that, despite the progress made,
"real and numerous" threats to international peace and security remains
in Africa.

Mr. Menkerios said that, recent reviews of the international security
architecture recommended strengthening the partnership with the AU,
noting that his Office was a critical bridge in that effort.

"Consultations have been enhanced, positions harmonized and volatile
situations addressed across the continent, from the Lake Chad Basin to
Somalia, Burundi and the Sahel," he said.

He also said that, recent joint efforts to de-escalate political tensions in
Comoros demonstrated the value of having the international community
speak with one voice.

The UN envoy recalled that the UN Security Council and the AU Peace
and Security Council had held their tenth annual consultations on
Monday, and commended the growing relationship between the two
entities.

"In addition, the UN Secretariat was working with the AU Commission
to systematize working-level consultations, share information, support
joint training and carry out joint early warning and conflict-prevention
exercises through a new framework that emphasized a holistic
approach," he added.

Regarding the recommendations of the High Level Independent Panel
on Peace Operations and the related report of the UN Secretary-General,
Mr. Menkerios said the collective challenge was to support and
strengthen the mutual security architecture, particularly through the
African Standby Force and the African Union’s capabilities in preventive
diplomacy and mediation.

"I am 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," the UN envoy concluded.
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