Towards A More Effective UN-AU Partnership on Conflict Prevention And Crisis Management

Thursday 7 November, 1:00 - 2:45 PM at International Peace Institute.


Towards A More Effective UN-AU Partnership on Conflict Prevention And Crisis Management


The International Peace Institute, in partnership with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), is pleased to invite you to a lunchtime policy forum to discuss the partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) and their joint conflict prevention and crisis management efforts. This event is organized with the support of the AU Permanent Observer Mission to the UN, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Training for Peace Project.


Opening Remarks:

  • Amb. Jerry Matjila, Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations (TBC)
  • Amb. Odd-Inge Kvalheim¸ Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations



  • Mr. Daniel Forti, International Peace Institute
  • Mr. Priyal Singh, Institute for Security Studies
  • Ambassador Fatima Mohammed, African Union Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations
  • Ms. Bintou Keita, United Nations Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations



  • Mr. Jake Sherman, International Peace Institute


Closing Remarks:

  • Mr. Gustavo de Carvalho, Institute for Security Studies


The strategic partnership between the AU and the UN, the two main organizations tasked with addressing collective peace and security challenges on the African continent, is an urgent priority. The prevention and management of international conflict is central to both of their mandates, and the prevailing global political climate underscores the financial and operational realities that neither organization can undertake such complex efforts on their own. How the two organizations coordinate their actions, leverage their complementary advantages, and ensure coherence between their respective political strategies are therefore increasingly critical questions for the future of international peace and security. While this partnership has strengthened considerably in recent years, there are still important areas in which tangible gains can improve collective impact in country-specific settings.

This policy forum aims to discuss the evolution of the strategic partnership between the UN and the AU, with a specific focus on how they undertake conflict prevention and crisis management efforts. Using the 2017 Joint UN-AU Framework for an Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security as a point of departure, the discussions may explore areas of the partnership that have shown the greatest potential, and others that may require increased attention and engagement. Panelists will also have the opportunity to reflect upon the discussions from the 13th Consultative Meeting between the UN Security Council and the AU Peace and Security Council on October 21-22 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The policy forum will also launch a research report produced jointly by IPI and ISS as part of their project on the UN-AU partnership in peace and security.


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