AU commended by UN for institutional reforms


United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres commended the African Union (AU), a UN peace partner, and its leadership for progress achieved in institutional reform, adopted at the continental organisation’s Assembly gathering.

In a statement, the Secretary-General said key decisions on new AU infrastructure and leadership “send a strong message” of membership commitment to an organisation guided by “accountable and effective leadership.”

The 11th Extraordinary Summit of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia earlier this month, bringing to the forefront new commission structure, election of senior leadership and chairpersons, among other key financial and administrative reforms for the continental Union’s 55 member countries.

Guterres also welcomed the official launch of African Union Peace Fund and appointment of its Board of Trustees, explaining the reworking can provide “predictable and sustainable financing” of AU peace and security initiatives.