UN, AU agree to find new ways to finance peacekeeping missions – SABC News

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The peace and security bodies of the United Nations and the African Union have agreed to find new ways to finance peacekeeping missions.

At their just-concluded 17th annual meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, members of the UN and AU security councils noted that peacekeeping operations on the continent were facing persistent financial challenges.

Peacekeeping missions in Africa could soon benefit from additional funding.

UN, AU agree to find new ways to finance peacekeeping missions

A joint statement from the United Nations Security Councils and the African Union highlighted the importance of more predictable, sustainable and flexible funding for AU-led peace support operations.

Negotiations between the two organizations on a draft resolution that would make this happen have been ongoing since 2018, but have been delayed due to disagreements within the African Union.

In 2002, the African Union created the African Peace and Security Architecture, responsible for the prevention, management and consolidation of peace on the continent.

But the 55-member bloc has since struggled to finance its peace operations, relying on partners such as the European Union.

According to the United Nations, there are currently 12 peacekeeping missions around the world, more than half of which are in Africa.

Last year, the continent needed about two-thirds of the world’s peacekeeping budget, or $6.3 billion.

The United Nations believes that funding for AU-led peace and security operations will be critical to strengthening the capacity of both organizations to address threats to peace and security on the African continent. – Report by Isaac Lukando

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