Addis Ababa, 27 October 2020 (ECA) – The UN Secretary-General and the chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) have pledged to work together to implement the development plans, said Stephen Karingi, Director of Regional Integration and Trade at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
Mr. Karingi spoke at the inaugural meeting on 27 October about studies in the five sub-regions of the continent to explore the link between development, peace, security, human rights and humanitarian pillars.
The two principals signed the Joint Framework of the United Nations-Africa Union for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security and the Framework for Implementing Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
There is currently a memorandum of understanding between the two organizations on humanitarian action and they will soon sign another joint framework on human rights, he said.
The co-operation, in recognition of the link between peace, security, human rights and development in the five sub-regions, aims to promote joint interventions in the search for lasting solutions to conflicts on the continent, said Mr. Karingi said.
Overarching issues to be considered in the studies include gender and youth, COVID-19 and related issues for promoting interregional cooperation.
The reports focus on the eight local economic communities (RECs) in Africa, as well as the RECs, the AUC, AUDA-NEPAD and APRM.
The studies were conducted in partnership with the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the Department of Global Communications (DGC), the United Nations Office of the Union for Africa (UNOAU), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
The issue of COVID-19 and its impact on the four pillars and their interconnection has appeared in the studies of many sub-regions, including socio-economic, health and humanitarian responses to the pandemic.
Equally remarkable is the fact that conflict over land rights necessitates a thorough analysis of the land issue as it relates to growth, development and conflict in Southern Africa.
Elsewhere, the reports noted that conflict and ongoing issues such as government, leadership shortages, anti-corruption and tackling climate and environmental issues should be prominent. (ECA)