UNOAU facilitates a meeting between AUPSC Chairperson and UNSC President for April
UNOAU facilitated a meeting between the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Djibouti to the African Union, also Chairperson of the AU Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) for the month of April, Ambassador Mohamed Idriss Farrah, and the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Vietnam, also President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the month of April, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy.
The monthly meeting was convened to provide an opportunity for the AUPSC Chairperson and the UNSC President to share insights of the programs of work of the month for the respective Councils, and it also allowed an exchange of views on matters of common interest and opportunities for further strengthening the UN-AU partnership in peace and security. UNOAU does try to have these meetings organized in the month prior to the Chair of the AUPSC and the President of the Security Council taking responsibility for the Agenda of the respective councils, however if that is not possible due to the schedules of the respective Chairs we still coordinate the said meetings at whatever time is convenient for the respective Chairs as we are of the view it is still a useful engagement towards strengthening the UN-AU partnership.
The Ambassadors exchanged information on country-specific situations on the African continent, including Chad, Ethiopia (Tigray), Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Western Sahara, and the Great Lakes region. Discussions also covered thematic topics including on the strategic priorities for utilization of the AU Peace Fund, fighting the ideology of genocide, addressing the impact of COVID-19, the threat of terrorism on the continent, as well as the UNSC session held on co-operation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations, which emphasized the need to promote dialogue and confidence building measures. The Ambassadors further shared views on the country situations and thematic topics that require attention in May 2021, including Mozambique, the Tigray situation in Ethiopia, Chad, Somalia, Libya, and Mali-Sahel.