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Parliamentary visit

Parliamentary Committee
Photo: The Norwegian Parliament Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence and the Permanent Mission of Norway to the African Union at the AU headquarters.

16-17 September, a delegation from the Norwegian Parliament Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence visited Addis Ababa. During their visit, the committee met with several key actors in both the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU).

Norway and the African Union have a long-standing strategic partnership. In 2018, we deepened our cooperation and entered into a cooperative framework agreement in the areas of:

  • Peace and security
  • Democracy and governance
  • Sustainable development and job creation
  • Institutional capacity building

Meeting with SRSG Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU)

The Parliamentarians and the delegation met with SRSG Hanna Tetteh of the UNOAU over lunch. We had interesting discussions on the future of the UN-AU partnership as well as on AU reforms, peace and security and sustainable development.

Photo: Anniken Huitfeldt, Chair of the Committee, SRSG Hanna Tetteh (UNOAU) and Ambassador Aasland.

Photo: Trond Helleland, Ambassador Aasland, SRSG Hanna Tetteh (UNOAU), Nicholas Shalita (UNOAU) and Hårek Elvenes during the lunch.

Meeting with Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson AU Commission (AUC)

At the AU, the Committee met with Deputy Chairperson Kwesi Quartey. We had in-depth discussions on  Africa’s role in global affairs and the AU’s plans and priorities going forward.

Photo: Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson of the AUC and Anniken Huitfeldt, Chair of the Committee.

Photo: Kwesi Quartey with the Norwegian Parliament Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.

Meeting with Amb. Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security

In the afternoon, the Committee met with H.E. Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security. It was a fruitful exchange of views, on the situation in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, the AU Peace and Security Department’s conflict prevention and mediation efforts, and the role of private sector in peacebuilding.

Photo: The Committee with Amb. Chergui (in the middle), Amb. Aasland (on the left) and Amb. Frederick  Ngoga (on the right).

Meeting with Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

The Committee also met with Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary (UNECA). A very interesting discussion, covering the African free trade area, , UNECA’s innovative strategy on improving women’s access to finance and the need to strengthen the domestic revenue base, including Tax for Development’  for realizing the SDGs.

Photo: Anniken Huitfeldt, Chair of the Committee, Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary (UNECA) and Ambassador Aasland.