Concrete ideas needed to promote peace in Africa: Pohamba

05 Mar 2018 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 MAR (NAMPA) – Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba called on members of the African Union Panel of the Wise (AUPW) to develop concrete ideas and make proposals that will contribute to promoting peace, security and stability in Africa.
Addressing the panel as its chairperson at the official opening ceremony of the 18th statutory meeting here Monday, Pohamba said members should work hard by raising critical and security issues affecting the continent.
“I count on your individual and collective experience as well as knowledge in order to strengthen the African Union (AU) efforts in the prevention, management and resolution of violent conflict,” said Pohamba.
He stressed that most African countries have rapid growths of youth populations combined with shrinking economies which have resulted in high levels of unemployment and rapid uncontrolled urbanisation.
“The panel need to find amicable solutions to these challenges.”
Pohamba further noted that African countries should coordinate disaster response programmes with the spirit of unity through the AU to easily overcome resource limitations in addressing disaster outbreaks, drought and hunger.
“Since inception in 2017, the AUPW produced constructive views on issues relevant to peace and security, such as no impunity, protection of women and children in armed conflicts and electoral disputes.”
The Panel of the Wise is one of the critical pillars of the Peace and Security Architecture of the AU and was established in October 2017 with the mandate to support and advise the effort of the AU Commission and the AU Peace and Security Council in the area of conflict.
It also assists the AU in mapping out strategies to address threats to peace and security by providing regular advice and analysis.
Among the issues up for discussion at the 18th meeting were, building the bridges between election observation, preventing and resolving electoral disputes in Africa; migration and human security; as well as Africa’s peace and security landscape in 2018.