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Why do we need the African Union?

28 September 2016

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What is the African Union (AU)? What role does it play in Africa and beyond? How effectively does it operate? What can the Netherlands achieve with the AU in areas such as peace and security, migration and international justice? Especially as the Netherlands prepares for the 2018 term in the UN Security Council: what do we need to do more, or differently, with African multilateral partners who coordinate the African voice in Addis Ababa, the diplomatic capital of Africa?

These are some of the questions which were discussed at a meeting that took place on 28 September in The Hague. The event was organised by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and hosted by the Knowledge Platform on Security and the Rule of Law, in partnership with the Representation of the Netherlands to the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa.

The Knowledge Platform on Security and the Rule of Law has published a blog reporting on the discussions. As an output of the event, it also published a blog by Mr. Mukundi Wachira, titled Can Africa and Europe strengthen ties to address global challenges?

Please find the conference report here.

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The meeting was held under Chatham House Rule.

Right after the event, Sophie Desmidt (Policy Officer for ECDPM’s SECURE programme) interviewed Mr. Vasu Gounden, Executive Director of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). Mr. Gounden shares his opinions regarding the challenges that Africa shall face in 2017 and beyond. This interview was conducted ahead of our annual Challenges Paper.

Please find the full programme here.


The Hague Institute for Global Justice
Sophialaan 10
2514 JR
The Hague
The Netherlands

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