Legislators deliberate African Union instruments to promote peace and security in Africa

The African Union (AU) has several instruments in place meant to facilitate peace and security in Africa. Whilst they have led to a positive impact, they have not completely silenced the guns.

In a bid to strengthen the uptake and implementation of AU instruments working towards a conflict-free continent, the Pan-African Parliament held a Joint Workshop of Committees at its headquarters in Midrand on 3-4 March 2020.

Mr. Okeke ANYA, Chairperson of the Civil Society Organisation State of the Union (SOTU), shared with African Members of Parliament; the various instruments available for promotion of peace and security in their Member States, and shared the status of implementation vis-à-vis the continent’s commitment to silencing the guns.

He unpacked the objectives and structure of the Peace and Security Council (PSC), the decision-making Organ of the AU in the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts, mandated to facilitate timely and efficient responses to conflict and crises in Africa. PSC is a pillar of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).

Emphasis was made on the Protocol to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism, which was adopted in 2004 in Durban, South Africa, as one such mechanism.

Only 21 member states have ratified this instrument, yet it plays a key role in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism on the continent. The last signature to the Protocol was obtained in 2017.

Hon. Kone Aboubacar SIDIKI, Chairperson of the Committee on Cooperation, International Relations and Conflict Resolution of the PAP encouraged members to lobby for the ratification of these instruments at national level. 

The workshop was observed by students in the fields of Politics and Governance from the University of Cote D’Ivoire. Hon. Sidiki welcomed the group to the continental Parliament.