UN Security Council. Source: Wikipedia Commons
The African Union Committee of Ten Summit on UNSC Reform (C-10) Summit held in Windhoek yesterday reaffirmed the importance of unity amongst AU nations in the process of the reform of the United Nations Security Council along the lines of the Common African position of including African representation to better represent geo-political realities.
According to the “Comminique: Windoek C-10 Heads of State Consultative Summit” released by the Office of the President, the goals of the Summit were to give an opportunity for discussion on the process of UN Security Council reform, to develop a strategy for “defending, advancing and canvassing support for the Common African Position”, to come up with a united view for effective reform, and to analyze the growth of the support of the Common African Position.
At the summit it was decided that African Heads of State and Government will continue with efforts to gain support for the Common African Position. This would be done through regular briefings and report sharing to ensure that there is active participation and unity in the negotiation process.
It also called for unity and solidarity for the Common African position in terms of, “correcting the injustice done to the continent and addressing the inequalities within the UN system.”
The Comminique stated that Mr. Sam Kutesa President of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly was instrumental in producing a framework document outlining what was accomplished by the consensus, in order for a “comprehensive text-based negotiation on reform of the UN Security Council” to be introduced. It also recognised the leadership and commitment of President Koroma of Sierra Leone in spearheading the C-10 mandate and the objectives of the Common African Position.
The Summit was hosted by President Hage Geingob under the Chairmanship of H.E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and Coordinator of the AU Committee of Ten; H.E. Mr. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea; and H.E. Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia.
Other Heads of State were represented by Mr. Mohamed E. M. Dayri, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the State of Libya; Mr. Jean Claude Gakosso, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Congo; Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya; Mr. Abdelkader Messahel, Minister for the Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the League of Arab States of the Republic of Algeria; Mr. Khadim Diop, Minister of Integration of the Republic of Senegal; Philemon Mateke MP, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Regional Affairs) of the Republic of Uganda.