The African Union and its partners are a vital part in combating the continent’s crises.
Now more than ever, Africa needs the help of the African Union (AU) and its partners in tackling security threats and other ongoing crises – particularly in the Sahel region and the Horn of Africa.
It’s these and other issues that are going to keep Africa’s leaders busy at the 29th AU summit in Addis Ababa from 27 June to 4 July, and more specifically the AU Assembly meeting of heads of state on 3 and 4 July.
Population growth, lagging food production and climate change threaten food stability.
23 JUN 2017 / BY ALEX PORTER AND STELLAH KWASI
A rapidly growing population in Southern Africa means an increasingly higher food demand. And although domestic food production is expected to rise over the next few decades in response to this need, it is unlikely that the increases will be able to keep pace. As a result, food demand will outstrip domestic food supply.
At the upcoming AU summit, will leaders equip the Peace and Security Council to deal with conflicts?
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Special Focus: 29th AU summit
Will the African Union (AU) Assembly equip the Peace and Security Council (PSC) and the AU Commission with the necessary mandates to deal with conflicts?
Heads of state and government are expected to take critical decisions that will shape the future of the AU as the main driver of integration on the continent.
Protecting refugees is a common human responsibility, and yet developing countries shoulder the burden.
Over 65.6 million people around the world were forcibly displaced by the end of 2016 – the highest level ever recorded. Of these, 84% were hosted in developing countries. This contrasts with the media’s focus of the burden of this crisis on developed countries, especially in Europe.
The failure by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) to prevent and halt the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda more than two decades ago was a major factor in the establishment of the African Union (AU) peace and security architecture.
However, the AU does not seem to have a full grasp of how to prevent atrocities from happening on the continent.
The Peace and Security Council (PSC) held a session on 11 April 2017 on the prevention of hate crimes and the ideology of genocide in Africa.