UNOAU coordinates a meeting between AUPSC Chairperson and UNSC President for June
UNOAU, together with the AU Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) Secretariat, facilitated the monthly coordination meeting between the Chairperson of the AUPSC and the President of UN Security Council (UNSC), at which they customarily share information on their respective Programmes of Work and explore areas for strengthening coordination and synergies. The Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN, also President of the UNSC for the month of June, Ambassador Sven Jurgenson, briefed on the Programme of Work of the UNSC for June, including the planned high-level open debate at Ministerial level on Children and Armed Conflict (28 June) and on the Maintenance of International Peace and Security (Cyber security) (29 June). He further informed about a plan to hold an Informal Interactive Dialogue (IID) on the security and humanitarian situation in Tigray, Ethiopia. He commended the collaboration between the AUPSC and the three African non-permanent members of the UNSC. He also hailed the close attention the AUPSC and ECOWAS have placed on the situation in Mali.
Likewise, the Permanent Representative of Burundi, who is also the AUPSC Chairperson for the month of June, Ambassador Joel Nkurabagaya, briefed on the meetings that were already held in June including on the situation in the Comoros (1 June); an emergency session on the situation in Mali (1 June); and an open session on the plight of refugees, IDPs and forced displacement in Africa (8 June). He highlighted the activities planned for the month including the session on the situation in the Great Lakes Region (21 June); a consultative meeting with the AU Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (23 June); and the planned discussion on the report of the retreat held in May in Mombasa, Kenya on the AUPSC methods of work. While briefing on the AUPSC Field Mission to the CAR planned to take place from 28 to 30 June to assess the political and security situation in the country, the AUPSC Chairperson called for increasing the strength of MINUSCA’s peacekeeping to enable it to achieve its mandate.