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Sisi witnesses closing session of Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace, Development

Friday، 13 December 2019 - 01:47 PM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended on Thursday 12/12/2019 the proceedings of the closing session of Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa.

Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abdel Aal and a galaxy of senior state officials attended the session.

The closing session of Aswan Forum, in its first edition held for two days in Aswan, started with a review of the recommendations of the forum as follows:

First, concerning the objective of "protection from disputes", the African Union activities should target handling any structural provocations for armed conflicts instead of working on the management of the disputes after their outbreak, African countries were urged to seek opportunities to approve the African Union strategy to assess and handle the points of weakness at the national level and outline a framework for its application along with working on enhancing AU mechanisms to offer technical help upon the request of concerned countries.

Second, regarding "the operations of supporting peace in Africa", African operations should be designed within the framework of a strategy for political settlement and supporting a transition to the phase of reconstruction and development, African Union is invited to continue its approach of supporting peace operations according to assigned tasks, in addition to working on securing a predictable funding strategy for such operations and involving in mechanisms for the implementation of the UN Secretary General's initiative of "Working for the Sake of Peace" based on executive proposals that have been outlined by Cairo's roadmap for such purpose.

Third, on post-conflict reconstruction and development, it is necessary that the African Union Center for Reconstruction and Development (AUC-PCRD) should start its activities as soon as possible to enable the AU to assess and conduct analytical studies on the requirements of the countries concerned.

Egypt and the African Union signed on Wednesday an agreement for hosting the center in Cairo.

The center should also mobilize necessary expertise and funding for the implementation of relevant programs and projects, particularly removing obstacles to achieve post-conflict social and economic development and carry out projects related to conflict-affected bordering regions.

Fourth, concerning women empowerment, the African countries are invited to use indicators for the so-called The Continental Results Framework (CRF) to assess progress of the implementation of programs on the agenda of women, peace and security.

Fifth, for tackling the issue of forced displacement, the African countries should include such problem in its developmental plans along with adopting its regulations within the framework of the national legislation of African states taking into consideration the local interests of the hosting countries.

Sixth, for managing the governance after defeating the terror organizations, the African Union should embark regional and international partnerships to boost the national institutions in the African states and encourage such countries to draft effective programs for reconstruction, merging as well as establishing national governance structures that are characterized with inclusiveness.

Finally, as regards the development of partnerships between the African Union and its partners, the reform process and current reviews of the African Union provides a unique chance in this regard, especially that it coincides with the current reforms and reviews of the United Nations along with existing development of the financing structures that have been recently approved by financial, regional and international institutions. In particular, the nature of targeted partnerships for the African Union should not be limited to funding of small-scale projects, but it should adopt a sustainable perspective for achieving sustainable peace in cooperation with the United Nations' programs that aim at activating the African Union policy of reconstruction and development in the post-conflict phases.

MENA

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