Toward A More Effective UN-AU Partnership on Conflict Prevention And Crisis Management

On November 7th, IPI together with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) cohosted a policy forum entitled “Toward a More Effective UN-AU Partnership on Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management.”

This policy forum discussed the evolution of the strategic partnership between the UN and the AU, with a specific focus on how they undertake conflict prevention and crisis management efforts. Using the 2017 Joint UN-AU Framework for an Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security as a point of departure, the discussion explored areas of the partnership that have shown the greatest potential and those that may require increased attention and engagement. Speakers reflected upon relevant outcomes for the partnership from the 74th Ministerial Week of the UN General Assembly and the 13th Joint Consultative Meeting between the UN Security Council and the AU Peace and Security Council, convened in October 2019.

The policy forum also launched a research report produced jointly by IPI and ISS as part of their project on the UN-AU partnership in peace and security.

This event was organized with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the AU Permanent Observer Mission to the UN, and the Training for Peace Programme.

Opening remarks:
H.E. Mr. Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the UN
H.E. Mr. Odd-Inge Kvalheim, Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN

Mr. Daniel Forti, IPI Policy Analyst
Mr. Priyal Singh, Researcher, Institute for Security Studies
H.E. Ms. Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the UN
Ms. Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, United Nations Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations

Dr. Sarah Taylor, Senior Fellow, International Peace Institute

Concluding remarks:
Mr. Gustavo de Carvalho, Senior Researcher, Institute for Security Studies