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An article from the Agence Anadolu (translated by CPNN)
The African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday to promote joint cooperation in strengthening peace and stability in Africa.
“The goal of signing the Memorandum of Understanding is to provide a framework and to strengthen cooperation for the support of peacebuilding and peace efforts in Africa,” the AU said in a statement on its website.
The communiqué considered the memorandum of understanding as a concrete step towards the implementation of the “common framework of the United Nations and the African Union to strengthen partnership in the field of peace and security”.
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On 19 April 2017, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Chadian Moussa Faki, signed a new framework to strengthen partnership in the field of peace and security.
According to its signatories, the Memorandum of Understanding “will continue to strengthen coordination of the efforts of the United Nations and the African Union and contribute to a more predictable strategic partnership in the areas of conflict prevention, political dialogue, reconciliation, democratic governance and human rights “.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the commissioner of the Peace and Security Council of the pan-African organization, Algerian Smail Chergui, and the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacebuilding, Oscar Fernandez.
The memorandum was signed at the headquarters of the Permanent Mission of the African Union in New York, on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.