U.S. calls for more ‘collaboration’ and ‘coordination’ between United Nations and African Union in peacekeeping, peacebuilding operations

Mills noted that the United States is "very encouraged to see the increasingly joint approaches that the UN and AU bring to conflict analysis and prevention throughout Africa."

In remarks he delivered on Thursday at a United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union, Ambassador Richard Mills, the U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations, called for more ‘collaboration’ and ‘coordination’ in peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations, asserting that “our collective action in conflict prevention, mediation, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding efforts remains a strategic priority.”

“As always, the need for coordination among the UN, AU, and regional organizations in peacekeeping and peace support operations remains significant. With UN, AU, and regional peace operations active in some of the most fragile parts of Africa, we have a shared interest in aligning our doctrines, policies, and directives to make all our efforts as effective as possible,” Mills said. “We see opportunities for increased coordination and unity of effort around peacekeeping operations and transitions in places like Sudan and Somalia. While the UN and AU worked together to facilitate the transition from the UNAMID peacekeeping force in Darfur to the UNITAMS mission in Sudan, the challenge facing us in Somalia is immense and demands there are even more complicated, and they require a concerted, joint effort.”

Mills noted that the United States is “very encouraged to see the increasingly joint approaches that the UN and AU bring to conflict analysis and prevention throughout Africa.”

“There are more joint field visits, assessments, working groups, and exchanges between the UN and the AU than ever before – all of which contribute, I think, to our shared understanding of the current conflict dynamics on the continent,” he said. “We appreciate the emphasis of both organizations – the AU and the UN – on placing women and youth at the center of all these joint efforts, and the efforts of the African Women Leaders Network to promote women’s leadership in peacebuilding as well.”

Mill added that for the U.S., “consideration of sustainable and predictable financing options for AU peace support operations, requires consideration of criteria such as the development and implementation of compliance regimes for peace support operations in areas like conduct and discipline, sexual exploitation and abuse, international humanitarian law and human rights, as well as improving training, monitoring, reporting, and accountability capacities in the AU.”

He said the United States will “continue to support close cooperation among UN, regional organizations such as the AU, and sub-regional organizations to advance peace and security in Africa and around the world. Thank you for chairing this meeting today.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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