UN / AFRICA PEACE AND SECURTIY

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The Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union (AU) Commission, Bankole Adeoye, told the Security Council that “the threat of violent extremism and terrorism continue to loom heavily over the continent and the world at large” and against this global and continental context, “we must redouble our efforts at developing our capacities to sustain peace.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 08 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

08 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, Council dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union (AU):
“The threat of violent extremism and terrorism continue to loom heavily over the continent and the world at large. We have witnessed popular uprisings with some metamorphosing into what is beginning to look like intractable efforts. Old conflicts are assuming new dimensions foiled and sustained by new insecurity threats. Against this global and continental context, we must redouble our efforts at developing our capacities to sustain peace.”
5. Wide shot, Council, Adeoye on screen
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union (AU):
“The African Union Commission is ready to continue its implementation of the African Union agenda 2063 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is by doing this, we'll be building capacities to sustain peace, that is a multi-level endeavour considering the international continental and regional and national implications.”
7. Wide shot, Council, Special Adviser on Africa Cristina Duarte on screen
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Cristina Duarte, Special Adviser on Africa to the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Africa's peace and security is threatened by a combination of external and internal factors that undermine the capacities of African countries to prevent and address violence. Factors such as the external competition for a country's natural resources, have been feeding instability in Africa. Porous borders, fuel black markets, and facilitate the emergence of transnational crime and the proliferation of illicit weapons. Global terrorist networks are increasingly finding footholds in various pockets of Africa. And conflicts between state and non-state actors, continue to cause that displacement and destruction.”
9. Wide shot, Bangladesh Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith at the dais
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Muhammad Abdul Muhith, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Bangladesh / Chair, Peacebuilding Commission:
“Noting that the continuing demand for peacebuilding fund support has significantly outpaced available resources and stressing that capacity building requires timely and effective financial and technical support, the Commission returns calls for adequate, predictable and sustainable financing for peacebuilding and promotes the confluence of various funding streams towards shared objectives in the spirit of good peacebuilding financing.”
11. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

The Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union (AU) Commission, Bankole Adeoye, today (8 Aug) told the Security Council that “the threat of violent extremism and terrorism continue to loom heavily over the continent and the world at large” and against this global and continental context, “we must redouble our efforts at developing our capacities to sustain peace.”

Addressing a Security Council open debate on “Peace and security in Africa: Capacity-building for sustaining peace”, Adeoye said, “we have witnessed popular uprisings with some metamorphosing into what is beginning to look like intractable efforts. Old conflicts are assuming new dimensions foiled and sustained by new insecurity threats.”

He told the Council that the African Union Commission was ready to continue its implementation of the African Union agenda 2063 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and said that by doing this, “we'll be building capacities to sustain peace, that is a multi-level endeavour considering the international continental and regional and national implications.”

Under-Secretary-General Cristina Duarte, who is the Special Advisor on Africa to the UN Secretary-General, said, “Africa's peace and security is threatened by a combination of external and internal factors that undermine the capacities of African countries to prevent and address violence.”

Duarte said, “factors such as the external competition for a country's natural resources, have been feeding instability in Africa. Porous borders, fuel black markets, and facilitate the emergence of transnational crime and the proliferation of illicit weapons. Global terrorist networks are increasingly finding footholds in various pockets of Africa. And conflicts between state and non-state actors, continue to cause that displacement and destruction.”

For his part, Bangladesh Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith, in his capacity as Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, highlighted the need for “adequate, predictable and sustainable financing for peacebuilding.”

Abdul Muhith said, “noting that the continuing demand for peacebuilding fund support has significantly outpaced available resources and stressing that capacity building requires timely and effective financial and technical support, the Commission returns calls for adequate, predictable and sustainable financing for peacebuilding and promotes the confluence of various funding streams towards shared objectives in the spirit of good peacebuilding financing.”

A concept note circulated in advance of the meeting states that geo-political tensions have contributed to increased food and energy prices in Africa, and that the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed many development gains. The note maintains that fiscal constraints and limited donor assistance have hindered the ability of African countries to sustain peace through development.
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