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Peace, Security, Stability at center of 5th AU-EU meet
December 14, 2017, 2:48 pm
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Advancing Peace, Security and Stability for sustainable growth and development" was the theme of the high-level panel discussions held on 28 November, on the margins of the 5th African Union (AU) - European Union (EU) Summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.

Among topics on the panel discussion agenda were, finding a coherent and cooperative approach to crisis prevention and stabilization in Sub-Saharan Africa; contributing to political settlements, and enabling reconciliation and sustainable peace; and how to align prevention policies as a shared task and responsibility involving all stakeholders, including the AU, EU, Member States, and the UN; as well as how young people could be involved in these processes.

Jointly organized by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Department of Peace and Security of the African Union Commission (AUC), the panel discussion was moderated by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana, Hanna Tetteh. The panel included Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Sigmar Gabriel; the Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union Smaïl Chergui; and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini. The discussions were attended by a large contingent of youth from across the continent.

Emphasizing that focus should now shift to sustainable security, Ms. Mogherini urged for a greater role for women and youth, and for de-radicalization. She noted that due to lack of defined role for youth, the tendency was for them to join radical groups, hence the need to redefine a role for our youth and women and give them space to build the society and focus on sustainable security. She also underlined the need to strengthen the AU-EU security cooperation.

Speakers emphasized the need for increased role for the youth in conflict prevention, management and resolution. They challenged the youth to come up with ideas that can be implemented. The German foreign minister stressed that Germany was ready to invest in training and skills development for African youth.

The issue of return and reintegration of migrants from Africa was also discussed. The Commissioner called for speedy resolution of the crisis in Libya to stem the human trafficking trade taking place through Libya and into Europe through the Mediterranean.
 

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