Diplomats from the three representatives of Africa and the Caribbean on the UN Security Council met on Monday in Nairobi for a three-day retreat to work on a common agenda while the continent faces three critical crises.
The diplomats of the hosts Kenya, Tunisia, Niger and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, often known in UN circles as A3 Plus 1, meet on a common agenda for peace and security. < / p>
Kenya’s Foreign Minister Macharia Kamau said in a statement that the group was planning to “carry out its peace and security mandate both in the UN Security Council and in the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC.) ). ”
He was referring to the AU’s 15-member body that normally advises on actions to be taken when member states face security problems, such as constitutional issues three changes of power. Representatives of the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations in New York will also attend the meeting in Nairobi.
The African Group has traditionally worked with the Caribbean based on historical connections as well as general ones Problems that are normally discussed in the UN Security Council to take a common stance on issues such as terrorism and general issues of peace and security.
“The A3 The +1 agreement is has become an important part of the political work of the UN Security Council and provides a critical platform for pursuing the agenda of Africa – and the Sixth Region (Caribbean) – in the UN Security Council, “said Kamau.
The meeting, he said, will” revitalize and reinvigorate the work of A3 + 1 “in terms of a common approach to matters affecting the African continent.
Africa and the Caribbean do not have a permanent member on Council 1, which means that the composition of the A3 + 1 often changes every year. Kenya will be a member until December 2022. The Council nevertheless passed most of the resolutions affecting the African continent.
The Council recently discussed the situation in Tigray and deplored the humanitarian situation. They also discussed the backfilling of the controversial Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD), called on the countries bordering the Nile to soften inflammatory statements, and the situation in Somalia, where the much-delayed elections are due at the end of this month.
The Africa Group has also pushed for reforms and called for the continent to play a central role in issues affecting African member states. With regard to GERD, for example, the group said that the UN Security Council must allow the principle of subsidiarity, with regional blocs taking a leading role in mediating local conflicts.
The African Union has the Dispute between Ethiopia on the one hand and Sudan and Egypt on the other, but the sides have not agreed on the filling and operating concept for Africa’s most expensive dam. Khartoum and Cairo had asked for UN intervention, but Addis Ababa refused, saying the AU was capable. On Monday, Addis Ababa said it had completed the second filling of the dam, which Sudan and Egypt protested.