United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and African Union chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat this week signed a new landmark framework to strengthen partnership between the two organisations on peace and security pillars and better respond to the changing dimensions and evolving challenges of peace operations.
“We no longer have 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 after signing the framework at UN Headquarters in New York.
“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,” he said.
The Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhancing Partnership on Peace and Security is expected to boost co-ordination between the two organisations at all levels. It is also anticipated to strengthen co-operation on issues ranging from human rights and good governance to sustainable and inclusive development.
The new understanding will also help align the AU Agenda 2063 with the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ensure they both are a “success story” on the continent.
Ahead of the signing Guterres and Mahamat jointly led the first Joint UN-AU Annual Conference where they discussed the complementarity between the 2030 Agenda and the AU’s Agenda 2063, as well as the fight against terrorism and the financing of AU led operations.
They also discussed the situation in several countries including Libya, Mali, the Central African Republic and Somalia and discussed efforts to combat the activities of Boko Haram.