NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 5 – Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi and is colleagues of the UN Security Council are traveling to Addis Ababa for the 11th joint consultative meeting between members of the UN Security Council and the AU Peace and Security Council (AU PSC). Ahead of the joint consultative meeting, the Council delegation will meet with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, and with senior officials from the UN Office to the AU and the AU Commission. In addition, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the AU Haile Menkerios, Special Representative for South Sudan David Shearer, Special Representative for Somalia Michael Keating and Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Nicholas Haysom are expected to brief the Council delegation ahead of the meetings with the AU PSC.
The annual joint meetings began in 2007, and have alternated between the respective headquarters. The last meeting was held in New York on 23 May 2016. This will be the first meeting since Secretary-General António Guterres and the chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, signed a joint AU-UN framework for enhanced partnership in peace and security on 19 April.
The informal consultations, which will be held on Thursday (7 September), will focus on the partnership between the AU and the UN, funding for AU peace and security activities, and post-conflict peacebuilding. The 11th joint consultative meeting will take place on Friday (8 September): it will cover Somalia, South Sudan and the Lake Chad Basin, with a focus on the threats posed by terrorist attacks, particularly by Boko Haram and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as well as the humanitarian crisis. More than 2.3 million people are displaced across the region, and according to OCHA, food insecurity and malnutrition have reached critical levels across four countries (Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger). (@OnuItalia)