The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) and the European Union Political and Security Committee (EUPSC) will hold their first Joint Retreat in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia, on October 15.
Themed “Enhancing coordination between the Peace and Security Council of the African Union and the Political and Security Committee of the European Union on Conflict Prevention and Mediation”, the joint retreat will be followed by the 8th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting between both organs, on October 16, at the same venue, The UNION learnt.
The Joint Retreat is in implementation of an agreement reached by both organs during their 7th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting, held in Brussels, on May 15, 2014.
It is also consistent with Articles 3 and 17 of the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the AU Peace and Security Council, specifically, Article 17 which states that: “The Peace and Security Council shall also cooperate and work closely with other relevant international organizations on issues of peace, security and stability in Africa.
” During the above-referenced 7th Joint Annual Consultative Meeting, the AUPSC and EUPSC, among other things, agreed to enhance their joint working methods and to hold brainstorming sessions/retreats to discuss matters of common concern. The Joint Retreat, which translates that agreement into concrete action, is expected to contribute to a greater awareness of the challenges related to conflict prevention, mediation, and ofer both Organs an opportunity to share experiences, best practices and lessons learned in Africa and Europe.