ORAN – The works of the 8th high-level seminar on peace and security in Africa on the theme “Support to the new African members of the UN Security Council in addressing peace and security issues in Africa,” wrapped up Saturday in Oran.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, underlined, in his closing speech, that the eighth edition of the seminar was “a success”.
“The seminar allowed the attendees to give African diplomacy “a clear vision of the future” and to endow African delegations accredited to the United Nations with a roadmap which will make African diplomacy “an influential tool”, in the service of security and stability in the continent,” he pointed out.
The meeting aimed to emphasize the need to promote common African action through the strengthening of coordination and cooperation between African countries; members of the UN Security Council and other members of the AU in order to make Africa’s voice heard within the Security Council, defend African positions on questions of peace and security, in addition to putting an end to the marginalization of Africa at the level of international decision-making bodies.
The high-level seminar saw the participation of ministers from member states of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), as well as African members of the UN Security Council, experts and high-ranking representatives of African organizations, the AU and the Arab League.
The work of this 8th edition took place in sessions where participants addressed and debated many issues relating to “coordination to support the voice of Africa at the UN Security Council”, “good governance in Africa “,” the threat of terrorism in the African continent and the improvement of the mechanisms of fight against this scourge “.
Participants also discussed ways to improve coordination between the African Union Peace and Security Council and Group A3 (Kenya, Niger and Tunisia) plus the new member from the Caribbean (Saint Vincet and the Grenadines ) to support Africa’s voice in the UN Security Council “.