UN / AFRICAN UNION COOPERATION

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Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union, said, “there is an alarming rise in political contestation turning violent or fueling intra-State conflicts, as well as in acts of terrorism and violent extremism, which expose systemic governance deficits associated with weak or absent State institutions”. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 12 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

12 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union, Head of (UNOAU):
«Une résurgence de conflits internes extrêmement violents, où domine la logique de guerre. Une recrudescence de la menace terroriste et de la violence extrémiste, faisant le lit du terrorisme. Une succession de changements anticonstitutionnels de pouvoir, qui souvent traduisent de graves manquements à une gouvernance inclusive et responsable.
English translation [A resurgence of extremely violent internal conflicts dominated by the logic of war. The growth of the terrorist threat and extremist violence which gives rise to terrorism. A succession of unconstitutional changes of power, which often reflect serious failures in inclusive and responsible governance.]
4. Med shot, SC
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union, Head of (UNOAU):
“As the report illustrates, there is an alarming rise in political contestation turning violent or fueling intra-State conflicts, as well as in acts of terrorism and violent extremism, which expose systemic governance deficits associated with weak or absent State institutions. We have witnessed a spate of unconstitutional changes of government on the continent. In the Sahel, the coups are further destabilizing the region while terrorism and violent extremism continue to result in grave human rights violations and abuses and exacerbate already dire humanitarian situations.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union, Head of United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU):
“I would also like to reiterate the importance that the Secretary-General has placed on the primacy of politics. Responses to peace and security challenges, including through peacekeeping or peace enforcement operations, need to be comprehensive and holistic, with political solutions at their core to close governance deficits and bolster nationally owned inclusive political systems in which all key stakeholders, particularly women and the youth, play a meaningful role.”
8. Wide shot, SC
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations:
“The African Union remains extremely concerned in the outbreak of conflict in many parts of the world, which comes to add for a cocktail of protracted crisis - constitutional changes of government, terrorism, the challenge posed by climate change and difficult socio-economic challenges globally.”
10. Med shot, SC
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations:
“We need to be innovative in our peacemaking efforts, as several UN peacekeeping missions drawdown, their logistical resources can be availed to regional mechanisms, which are increasingly stepping up to management conflicts through the continent. By redirecting these resources, we can enhance regional efforts to take a more prominent lead in conflict management and resolution.”
12. Wide shot, meeting room

STORYLINE:

Briefing the Security Council today (12 Oct) on the Secretary-General’s annual report on the cooperation between the UN and the African Union (AU), Special Representative to the AU, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, said, “there is an alarming rise in political contestation turning violent or fueling intra-State conflicts, as well as in acts of terrorism and violent extremism, which expose systemic governance deficits associated with weak or absent State institutions”.

Speaking from Addis Ababa, he said, “we have witnessed a spate of unconstitutional changes of government on the continent. In the Sahel, the coups are further destabilizing the region while terrorism and violent extremism continue to result in grave human rights violations and abuses and exacerbate already dire humanitarian situations.”

The Special Representative also said about the situation, “A resurgence of extremely violent internal conflicts dominated by the logic of war. The growth of the terrorist threat and extremist violence which gives rise to terrorism. A succession of unconstitutional changes of power, which often reflect serious failures in inclusive and responsible governance.”

He reiterated the importance that the Secretary-General has placed on the primacy of politics, “Responses to peace and security challenges, including through peacekeeping or peace enforcement operations, need to be comprehensive and holistic, with political solutions at their core to close governance deficits and bolster nationally owned inclusive political systems in which all key stakeholders, particularly women and the youth, play a meaningful role.”

For her part, Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations, said, “The African Union remains extremely concerned in the outbreak of conflict in many parts of the world, which comes to add for a cocktail of protracted crisis - constitutional changes of government, terrorism, the challenge posed by climate change and difficult socio-economic challenges globally.”

She noted, “We need to be innovative in our peacemaking efforts, as several UN peacekeeping missions drawdown, their logistical resources can be availed to regional mechanisms, which are increasingly stepping up to management conflicts through the continent.”

Mohammed concluded, “By redirecting these resources, we can enhance regional efforts to take a more prominent lead in conflict management and resolution.”
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