Pillar 5: Peace and security

African countries emerging from conflict: ECOSOC debate

New York: Joyce Luma, Country Representative for the World Food Programme (WFP), speaking via videoconference from Juba, South Sudan, introduced the Secretary-General’s report on “Implementation of integrated, coherent and coordinated support to South Sudan by the United Nations system” (document E/2015/74). The situation in South Sudan continued to deteriorate, she said, with 1.6 million people internally displaced and more than 166,000 sheltered in United Nations civilian sites.

NEPAD side events at the Third International Financing for Development conference

Five side events were organised by NEPAD during the Third International Financing for Development conference, held in Addis Ababa in July 2015.  They were:   

The Common African Position on the UN Review of Peace Operations

Article 52(1), Chapter VIII, of the UN Charter provides for the “existence of regional arrangements or agencies for dealing with such matters relating to the maintenance of international peace and security as are appropriate for regional action, provided that such arrangements or agencies and their activities are consistent with the purposes and principles of the United Nations.” The Charter encourages regional institutions to give priority to finding peaceful solutions to conflicts. However, the Charter reserves for the UN Security Council (UNSC) the right to authorize enforcement action.

Kenya seeks Russia's support in Africa push for UN reforms

Nairobi: Kenya has kicked off Africa’s push for reforms in the United Nations’ most powerful arm by lobbying for Russia’s support, ahead of the UN's 70th anniversary. At a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed argued the current formation of the UN Security Council “does not reflect the dynamics of the 21st century.”

AGENDA 2063: The Africa we want

We, the people of Africa and her Diaspora, united in diversity, young and old, men and women, girls and boys from all walks of life, deeply conscious of history, express our deep appreciation to all generations of Pan-Africanists. In particular, to the founders of the Organisation of African Unity for having bequeathed us an Africa with exemplary successes in the fight against slavery, colonialism and apartheid.

The challenge of measuring SDG 16: what role for African regional frameworks?

Recent discussions around the post-2015 development agenda have highlighted that many of the 169 targets require better clarification. In some cases, the connection between the targets and the goals need to be better articulated. The United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) is well aware of this problem and last month provided delegates with its roadmap for measuring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along with its ratings of the feasibility and suitability of each indicator.

The Livingstone Strategy for Accelerating UN Reforms

Lusaka: All is set for the African Union Committee of 10 (C10) Summit to be held in Livingstone this week to push Africa’s agenda on the United Nations reforms particularly as regards the Security Council. 10 Heads of State are expected to attend the Summit on May 9, 2015 at David Livingstone Safari Lodge from Algeria, Libya, Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia as host.

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