UN-African Union: a necessary strategic partnership [fr]

United Nations-African Union Partnership on Peace Operations - Statement by François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - Security Council - 15 June 2017

United Nations-African Union Partnership on Peace Operations - Statement by François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - Security Council - 15 June 2017

I thank Ethiopia, Senegal and Egypt for convening today’s important debate. I also thank Ms. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General, and Mr. Smaїl Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union, for their very insightful briefings.

I would also like to warmly congratulate Secretary-General Guterres, Mr. Donald Kaberuka and their teams who worked on the report submitted pursuant to resolution 2320.

Resolution 2320 launched a process to achieve two complementary goals: first, to deepen the strategic partnership between the United Nations and the African Union on matters of peace and security; and secondly, to increase funding for African Union peace operations when they are mandated by the Security Council. The Secretary-General identifies the specific modalities that would ensure an ongoing and improved partnership between the United Nations and the African Union. We welcome and encourage the resolute commitment on the part of the Secretary-General to strengthen relations with the African Union, which he clearly demonstrated when he participated in the Summit of Heads of State held in January.

Mr. Kaberuka and his team submitted an excellent analysis of the status of African peace operations and put forward a programme of work to improve their existing framework and the way they are planned, conducted and financed. That analysis has already been deemed to be successful because it has brought together all of the member States of the African Union to work on project that would improve the continent’s future.

France welcomes the momentum created by resolution 2320. The efforts underpinning that momentum must continue. Current developments illustrate how such efforts respond to the situation on the ground and meet a need. It is true that our African partners make increasing and more effective contributions to efforts to ensure peace and security in Africa. African peace operations offer an undeniable comparative advantage to United Nations peacekeeping operations. There is an increasing number of situations in which the partnership is already operational or will be required. We now have a historic opportunity to build a stronger, closer and more coherent partnership framework between the United Nations and the African Union, which can be activated and adapted to each situation as required.

I will keep my remarks brief because we will have a more in-depth discussion during the interactive dialogue to be held after this meeting. The message we would like to convey here today is that France welcomes the efforts under way and the momentum created. We therefore intend to play an active role in the Security Council and with the African Union and its member States in order to establish a new and innovative cooperation mechanism for peace and security.

Dernière modification : 19/06/2017

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