1) Mitigating Child Marriages on the African Continent
2) Political Crisis and Conflict in Burundi
Chair: Lola Maraiyesa
Co-Chairs: Michelle Gutierrez
Position Papers will be due to the Committee Email below on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by 11:59pm and should be no longer than one page per topic, single-spaced.
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African Union (AU)
The African Union (AU) is a supranational organization established on May 26, 2001 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and officially launched on July 9, 2002 in South Africa. The Union was established with the aim of replacing the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and is composed of 54 countries in Africa. The only major African state that is not a current Member State is Morocco.
Since its official establishment on July 9, 2002, the African Union has been increasingly active in preventing and resolving conflict in Africa. The Constitutive Act of the Union set the promotion of peace, security and stability on the continent as a founding objective. To help meet this objective, the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) was created. It asserts primacy in peace and security on the continent and devolves jointly to the Peace and Security Council and the African Union Commission
Other Organs of the AU include: The Assembly, the Executive Council, the Permanent Representatives' Committee, the Pan-African Parliament, the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), the Court of Justice, and a variety of Specialized Technical Committees.
The work of the African Union as a supranational organization has improved substantially in the past decade, as evidenced by the deployment of an international peacekeeping mission in Somalia, which coordinates more than 22,000 troops from various countries, and in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
The Union maintains formal relations between Africa and the Arab World. The Partnership’s focal areas are: trade; mining and industry; agriculture; energy and water resources; transport and communication; financial cooperation; and educational, scientific and technical cooperation. The Partnership’s core structures are a standing commission, working groups and specialized panels, coordinating committee, ad hoc court and Commission of Conciliation and Arbitration.
The Union also maintains a partnership with the European Union. The Partnership’s stated vision is to: reinforce political relations; strengthen and promote issues of common concern; promote effective multilateralism; and promote people-centered partnerships.
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