ADDIS ABABA - The African Union (AU) on Monday commended the success of peace and security sector ties between the AU Commission and the United Nations in bringing about stability across various African countries.
The statement was made by Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security on Monday during the meeting of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission and the AU Commission Peace and Security Council at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
"The partnership between the AU and the UN is bearing fruit in different African countries, including the Central African Republic (CAR), Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Madagascar and Mali, and it can only grow in stature and strength," Chergui said.
"The increasing collaboration between the Peacebuilding Commission and our Peace and Security Council is commendable," Chergui said, adding "I believe that a successful implementation of post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding on the continent requires the active engagement of both organizations in order to take advantage of existing resources, mechanisms, processes and synergies."
Chergui also stressed that both the AU and UN "have made a commitment to work together towards the implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 sustainable development agenda, in recognition of the nexus between peace, security, human rights and development."
"In my view, if we are to concretely consolidate gains made thus far, we will have to continue dedicating due attention to addressing root causes and tackling socio-economic dimensions of conflict, taking into account the voices of affected communities including women and the youth when designing interventions for sustained resilience and livelihood options for communities on the continent," he added.
The meeting, among other things, envisaged to uplift joint efforts of the AU and UN to reflect and focus on opportunities and progress that concern the two organizations' strategic partnership.