The Kingdom of Morocco, which was elected at the 35th Summit of the African Union (AU) in February 2022, as a member of the AU Peace and Security Council for the period 2022-2025, will ensure and for one month, from October 1, 2022, the presidency of this decision-making body of the Union, said Thursday in a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad. The Moroccan presidency of the AU-PSC is part of the continuity of the Kingdom’s commitments to a peaceful, stable and prosperous Africa and constitutes an enshrining of the efforts of the Kingdom’s diplomacy at the level of the African continent, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, in favor of peace, security and stability in Africa, the statement said. As part of an innovative approach to outline a new strategy of the Pan-African Organization to meet the challenges of peace and security, the Kingdom of Morocco aspires to generate collective responses to several global and regional issues, said the same source, noting that terrorism, child soldiers, climate change, food security, the situation in the Sahel and the Central African Republic will be topics on the agenda of several meetings at the level of ministers, ambassadors and experts. The Moroccan chairmanship also plans several statutory meetings, including those involving the UN Security Council, as well as the consideration of reports, including those on the state of peace in Africa and the implementation of the AU’s main roadmap for silencing arms in Africa, the statement added. Based on its commitment and determination to serve the continental peace and security agenda, according to a holistic and multidimensional approach, Morocco will host, during its presidency of the AU-PSC, a political conference, in Tangier, from October 25 to 27, 2022, on “Promoting the Nexus of Peace, Security and Development, a perspective of regional integration”, in partnership with the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union. The Moroccan presidency will also be marked by the organization of two ministerial meetings devoted to the following themes: “Development and de-radicalization as levers to combat terrorism and violent extremism” and “Climate change, peace and security: building resilience and adaptation for food security in African island states”. Since its return to the African Union in January 2017, the Kingdom of Morocco had served on the AU-PSC as a member for a two-year term (2018 to 2020). During this first term, marked by its chairmanship of this decision-making body in September 2019, Morocco has contributed constructively to improving the working methods of the AU-PSC and promoting good practices in AU work.
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