Africa: Strengthening Cooperation Between the UNSC and the AU

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the United Nations (UN) and the African Union to speed up deliberations to ensure that peacekeeping operations on the African continent are realised.

The President made the call during his address to the UN Security Council high-level debate on the cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organisations on Friday.

The meeting comes as South Africa’s term as an elected member of the UN Security Council draws to a close at the end of this month.

“We underline once again the need for the United Nations and the African Union (AU) to expedite deliberations to ensure that AU-led peace support operations authorised by the Security Council are financed through the UN assessed contributions,” said the President.

South Africa’s tenure at the UN Security Council coincided with its tenure as chair of the African Union.

As chair of the AU, South Africa advanced the continental body’s call to silence the guns on the African continent.

“We have made significant gains towards the achievement of this necessary goal, as evidenced by ground-breaking peace agreements in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Sudan and, most recently in Libya,” said President Ramaphosa.

While acknowledging work done to ensure peace on the continent, President Ramaphosa said through cooperation, the UN and AU must address the root causes and drivers of conflict in Africa, including development and governance issues.

“We must look at all factors that may impede the realisation of a peaceful and prosperous Africa,” he said.