Launch of an African Union-European Union-United Nations partnership project in support of African Union peace support operations
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ilze Brands Kehris concluded a visit to Addis Ababa where she co-chaired the official launch of the African Union Compliance and Accountability Framework (AUCF) project ). She also participated in the first meeting of the initiative’s Strategic Steering Committee, alongside Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union Commission, and Birgitte Markussen, Special Representative of the European Union to the African Union.
The AUCF seeks to ensure that AU peace support operations are planned and conducted in accordance with international human rights law and international humanitarian law, as well as applicable standards of conduct and discipline.
Noting the progress made to date in the AU-EU-UN tripartite project in support of the AUCF, which started in February 2022, ASG Brands Kehris said: “I welcome the strong commitment expressed by our three entities towards this partnership. innovative and strategic support to the AU to advance its compliance framework and strengthen the AU’s long-standing efforts in this regard, following the PSC/PR/COMM. (DCLXXXIX), adopted by the African Union Peace and Security Council on 30 May 2017.”
While in Addis Ababa, Brands Kehris also met bilaterally with Commissioner Bankole to discuss existing and future collaboration between the UN and the AU. She held talks with member states of the AU Peace and Security Council on the compliance framework initiative as well as broader issues related to human rights, peace and security . The Assistant Secretary-General also met with members of the international community on the compliance framework initiative and to express her support for the efforts of the UN Regional Office for Human Rights in East Africa. East (EARO) to advance the protection and promotion of human rights in the region. .
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