Three years ago, to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, the African Union (AU) signed a solemn declaration to end strife on the continent and to work for peace and prosperity.
The declaration’s noble goals were to rid Africa of violent conflicts, wars, human rights violations and humanitarian disasters, and to prevent genocide. More ambitiously, leaders pledged not to bequeath the burden of conflicts to the next generation and to end wars on the continent by 2020.
The declaration is part of the AU’s Agenda 2063 vision, titled “The Africa We Want”. This envisions: An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry hosted a ceremony of signing an agreement between Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA), the government of Japan and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to bolster peace and security in Africa.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hamdy Louza hailed the new deal which marks a new phase of cooperation for consolidating peace and security in Africa. The project – “Enhancing Peace, Security and Stability in Africa” – is funded by the Government of Japan in cooperation with UNDP Louza said the project is an outcome of a visit paid by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to Tokyo this year.
Since the very first days that the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) decided in 2007 to launch its AU-led peace support operation, Amisom, in Somalia, the European Union has partnered this important effort. The EU’s financial assistance to Amisom was soon followed by its support to other African-led efforts to address peace and security challenges on the African continent. In the past years, demands have grown exponentially. From the Central African Republic to the Comoros, Guinea Bissau to South Sudan, the EU has supported peace building and peacekeeping operations across Africa, devoting more than 1.7 billion Euros to these efforts through its African Peace Facility (APF).