Application for ECOSOC consultative status for the 2019 NGO Committee

Last Month – To apply for ECOSOC consultative status in order to be considered by the 2019 NGO Committee (Deadline: 1 June 2018 – Late submissions will not be accepted)

1 June 2018 is the last day for Non-Governmental Organizations to apply for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in order to have an opportunity to take part in UN deliberations. ECOSOC consultative status is governed by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which outlines the eligibility requirements for consultative status, rights and obligations of NGOs in consultative status, procedures for the withdrawal or suspension of consultative status, the role and functions of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, and the responsibilities of the UN Secretariat in supporting the consultative relationship. Consultative status is granted by ECOSOC upon recommendation of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, which is composed by Member States.

Welcome Message from Mr. Marc-André Dorel, Acting Chief of the NGO Branch

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NEW: Webinar on applying for ECOSOC consultative status click here.

Who is eligible for applying? 

Consultative relationships may be established with international, regional, sub regional and national non-governmental, non-profit public or voluntary organizations. NGOs affiliated to an international organization already in status may be admitted provided that they can demonstrate that their programme of work has direct relevance to the aims and purposes of the United Nations.

To be eligible for consultative status, an NGO must have been in existence (officially registered with the appropriate government authorities as an NGO/non-profit) for at least two years, must have an established headquarters, a democratically adopted constitution, authority to speak for its members, a representative structure, appropriate mechanisms of accountability and democratic and transparent decision-making processes. The basic resources of the organization must be derived in the main part from contributions of the national affiliates or other components or from individual members.

What are the benefits? 

NGOs that are accredited with ECOSOC can participate in a number of events, including, but not limited to regular sessions of ECOSOC, its functional commissions and its other subsidiary bodies. NGOs may:

  • Attend official meetings;
  • Submit written statements prior to sessions;
  • Make oral statements;
  • Meet official government delegations and other NGO representatives;
  • Organize and attend parallel events that take place during the session;
  • Participate in debates, interactive dialogues, panel discussions and informal meetings.

Organizations established by governments or intergovernmental agreements are not considered NGOs.

For more information about ECOSOC Consultative status click here.

Objectif 13 : Prendre d’urgence des mesures pour lutter contre les changements climatiques et leurs répercussions

Les émissions de gaz à effet de serre engendrées par les activités humaines n’ont jamais été aussi élevées. Entraîné par la croissance économique et l’accroissement de la population, le changement climatique a des effets très étendus sur les systèmes humains et naturels dans tous les pays et sur tous les continents.

Avec le réchauffement de l’atmosphère et des océans, les quantités de neige et de glace ont diminué et le niveau des mers s’est élevé. La température à la surface de la Terre devrait augmenter au cours du XXIe siècle, et si des mesures ne sont pas prises, cette augmentation pourrait dépasser trois degrés Celsius pendant ce siècle.

Du fait des effets du changement climatique sur le développement économique, les ressources naturelles et la pauvreté, la lutte contre celui-ci est devenue un élément indissociable de la réalisation du développement durable. En trouvant des solutions abordables et modulables face au changement climatique, les progrès accomplis au cours des dernières décennies ne seront pas sapés par ce phénomène et les pays auront des économies saines et résilientes.

Faits et Chiffres

  • Entre 1880 et 2012, la température moyenne dans le monde a augmenté de 0,85 degré Celsius. Pour mettre cela en perspective, lorsque la température augmente d’un degré, la production de céréales diminue d’environ 5 %. Le maïs, le blé et les autres récoltes principales ont enregistré une diminution marquée de la production au niveau mondial s’élevant à 40 millions de tonnes par an entre 1981 et 2002 à cause du réchauffement climatique
  • Les océans se sont réchauffés, les quantités de neige et de glace ont diminué et le niveau des mers s’est élevé. Entre 1901 et 2010, le niveau moyen global de la mer a augmenté de 19 cm car les océans se sont élargis à cause du réchauffement et la glace a fondu. La banquise arctique s’est rétractée durant chaque décennie depuis 1979, la perte de banquise atteignant 1,07 millions de km² par décennie
  • Vu les concentrations actuelles et les émissions continuelles de gaz à effet de serre, tous les scénarios sauf un montrent qu’à la fin du siècle, l’augmentation de la température globale dépassera 1,5 degré Celsius par rapport à la période allant de 1850 à 1900. Le niveau moyen des mers devrait augmenter de 24 à 30 cm d’ici à 2065 et de 40 à 63 cm d’ici à 2100. La plupart des effets du changement climatique persisteront pendant de nombreux siècles même si l’on met fin aux émissions
  • Les émissions globales de dioxyde de carbone (CO2) ont augmenté de près de 50 % depuis 1990
  • Les émissions ont augmenté plus rapidement entre 2000 et 2010 que durant chacune des trois décennies précédentes
  • Il est encore possible, en utilisant tout un arsenal de mesures technologiques et de changements de comportement, de limiter à deux degrés Celsius l’augmentation de la température moyenne globale comparée aux niveaux préindustriels
  • Les principaux changements institutionnels et technologiques offriront de meilleures chances que jamais de limiter ainsi le réchauffement de la planète.

Cibles

13.1   Renforcer, dans tous les pays, la résilience et les capacités d’adaptation face aux aléas climatiques et aux catastrophes naturelles liées au climat

13.2   Incorporer des mesures relatives aux changements climatiques dans les politiques, les stratégies et la planification nationales

13.3   Améliorer l’éducation, la sensibilisation et les capacités individuelles et institutionnelles en ce qui concerne l’adaptation aux changements climatiques, l’atténuation de leurs effets et la réduction de leur impact et les systèmes d’alerte rapide

13.a   Mettre en œuvre l’engagement que les pays développés parties à la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques ont pris de mobiliser ensemble auprès de multiples sources 100 milliards de dollars des États-Unis par an d’ici à 2020 pour répondre aux besoins des pays en développement en ce qui concerne les mesures concrètes d’atténuation et la transparence de leur mise en œuvre et rendre le Fonds vert pour le climat pleinement opérationnel en le dotant dans les plus brefs délais des moyens financiers nécessaires

13.b   Promouvoir des mécanismes de renforcement des capacités afin que les pays les moins avancés et les petits États insulaires en développement se dotent de moyens efficaces de planification et de gestion pour faire face aux changements climatiques, l’accent étant mis notamment sur les femmes, les jeunes, la population locale et les groupes marginalisés.

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High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, 24 – 25 April 2018

The President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák identified peacebuilding and sustaining peace as a key priority. Therefore he will convene a High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace on 24 and 25 April 2018 to assess efforts undertaken and opportunities to strengthen the United Nations’ work on peacebuilding and sustaining peace.

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.

Sustainable consumption and production  aims at “doing more and better with less,” increasing net welfare gains from economic activities by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole lifecycle, while increasing quality of life. It involves different stakeholders, including business, consumers, policy makers, researchers, scientists, retailers, media, and development cooperation agencies, among others.
It also requires a systemic approach and cooperation among actors operating in the supply chain, from producer to final consumer. It involves engaging consumers through awareness-raising and education on sustainable consumption and lifestyles, providing consumers with adequate information through standards and labels and engaging in sustainable public procurement, among others.
Facts and Figures
  • Each year, an estimated one third of all food produced – equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes worth around $1 trillion – ends up rotting in the bins of consumers and retailers, or spoiling due to poor transportation and harvesting practices
  • If people worldwide switched to energy efficient lightbulbs the world would save US$120 billion annually
  • Should the global population reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles

Water

  • Less than 3 per cent of the world’s water is fresh (drinkable), of which 2.5 per cent is frozen in the Antarctica, Arctic and glaciers. Humanity must therefore rely on 0.5 per cent for all of man’s ecosystem’s and fresh water needs.
  • Man is polluting water faster than nature can recycle and purify water in rivers and lakes.
  • More than 1 billion people still do not have access to fresh water.
  • Excessive use of water contributes to the global water stress.
  • Water is free from nature but the infrastructure needed to deliver it is expensive.

Energy

  • Despite technological advances that have promoted energy efficiency gains, energy use in OECD countries will continue to grow another 35 per cent by 2020. Commercial and residential energy use is the second most rapidly growing area of global energy use after transport.
  • In 2002 the motor vehicle stock in OECD countries was 550 million vehicles (75 per cent of which were personal cars). A 32 per cent increase in vehicle ownership is expected by 2020. At the same time, motor vehicle kilometres are projected to increase by 40 per cent and global air travel is projected to triple in the same period.
  • Households consume 29 per cent of global energy and consequently contribute to 21 per cent of resultant CO2 emissions.
  • One-fifth of the world’s final energy consumption in 2013 was from renewables.

Food

  • While substantial environmental impacts from food occur in the production phase (agriculture, food processing), households influence these impacts through their dietary choices and habits. This consequently affects the environment through food-related energy consumption and waste generation.
  • 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year while almost 1 billion people go undernourished and another 1 billion hungry.
  • Overconsumption of food is detrimental to our health and the environment.
  • 2 billion people globally are overweight or obese.
  • Land degradation, declining soil fertility, unsustainable water use, overfishing and marine environment degradation are all lessening the ability of the natural resource base to supply food.
  • The food sector accounts for around 30 per cent of the world’s total energy consumption and accounts for around 22 per cent of total Greenhouse Gas emissions.

March 12, 2013 – Nairobi, Kenya – A worker prepares to place freshly cut French beans in a package. The beans have been cut to the specifications of supermarkets in the European Union. (Credit Image: © Ric Francis/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Targets

  • Implement the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, all countries taking action, with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account the development and capabilities of developing countries
  • By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
  • By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses
  • By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
  • By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
  • Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle
  • Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities
  • By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature
  • Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production
  • Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products
  • Rationalize inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption by removing market distortions, in accordance with national circumstances, including by restructuring taxation and phasing out those harmful subsidies, where they exist, to reflect their environmental impacts, taking fully into account the specific needs and conditions of developing countries and minimizing the possible adverse impacts on their development in a manner that protects the poor and the affected communities.

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2018 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalism Fellowship (7 May, 2018)

DPI is accepting applications for the 2018 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalism Fellowship, which will be held at UN Headquarters in New York from 16 September to 6 October 2018.

The Fellowship will bring a select group of young journalists from around the world to United Nations Headquarters to cover the General Assembly, interview senior officials, and attend special briefings and workshops.

The Fellowship is open to full-time journalists between the ages of 22 and 35 from countries with developing and transitioning economies.

A full list of eligible countries is available at the following URL https://outreach.un.org/raf/eligibility.

The Fellowship covers the cost of roundtrip air travel to New York and provides a daily subsistence allowance.

Applications must be submitted online at https://outreach.un.org/raf/content/reham-al-farra-memorial-journalism-fellowship-2018-application.

 

Objectif 11: Villes et Communautés Durables

Les villes sont des plaques tournantes pour les idées, le commerce, la culture, la science, de la productivité, le développement social et bien plus encore. Considérées sous leur meilleur jour, les villes ont permis à leurs habitants de progresser sur les plans social et économique.

Cependant, de nombreux problèmes se posent pour faire en sorte que les villes continuent de générer des emplois et de la prospérité, sans grever les sols et les ressources naturelles. Les problèmes des villes les plus courants incluent le surpeuplement, le manque de fonds pour faire fonctionner les services de base, l’insuffisance de logements adéquats et des infrastructures dégradées.

Ces difficultés peuvent être surmontées en permettant aux villes de continuer à prospérer et à se développer, tout en optimisant l’utilisation des ressources et en réduisant la pollution et la pauvreté. L’avenir que nous voulons comprend des villes qui offrent à tous de grandes possibilités, grâce à un accès facile aux services de base, à l’énergie, au logement, aux transports et bien plus encore.

Faits et Chiffres

  • La moitié de l’humanité – 3,5 milliards de personnes – vit aujourd’hui dans des villes
  • En 2030, environ 60 % de la population mondiale vivra en zone urbaine
  • 95 % de la croissance de la population urbaine dans le monde sera le fait des pays en développement
  • 828 millions de personnes dans le monde vivent actuellement dans des taudis et ce nombre continue d’augmenter
  • Les villes n’occupent que 3 % de la masse continentale mondiale, mais elles produisent
    plus de 70 % de ses émissions de dioxyde de carbone et consomment entre 60 à 80% de l’énergie mondiale
  • L’urbanisation rapide exerce une pression sur les réserves d’eau douce, les systèmes d’approvisionnement en eau et d’évacuation des déchets, le cadre de vie et la santé publique
  • Mais la forte densité des villes peut apporter des gains d’efficacité en matière d’innovation technologique tout en réduisant la consommation d’énergie et de ressources.

Cibles

11.1   D’ici à 2030, assurer l’accès de tous à un logement et des services de base adéquats et sûrs, à un coût abordable, et assainir les quartiers de taudis

11.2   D’ici à 2030, assurer l’accès de tous à des systèmes de transport sûrs, accessibles et viables, à un coût abordable, en améliorant la sécurité routière, notamment en développant les transports publics, une attention particulière devant être accordée aux besoins des personnes en situation vulnérable, des femmes, des enfants, des personnes handicapées et des personnes âgées

11.3   D’ici à 2030, renforcer l’urbanisation durable pour tous et les capacités de planification et de gestion participatives, intégrées et durables des établissements humains dans tous les pays

11.4   Renforcer les efforts de protection et de préservation du patrimoine culturel et naturel mondial

11.5   D’ici à 2030, réduire considérablement le nombre de personnes tuées et le nombre de personnes touchées par les catastrophes, y compris celles d’origine hydrique, et réduire considérablement le montant des pertes économiques qui sont dues directement à ces catastrophes exprimé en proportion du produit intérieur brut mondial, l’accent étant mis sur la protection des pauvres et des personnes en situation vulnérable

11.6   D’ici à 2030, réduire l’impact environnemental négatif des villes par habitant, y compris en accordant une attention particulière à la qualité de l’air et à la gestion, notamment municipale, des déchets

11.7   D’ici à 2030, assurer l’accès de tous, en particulier des femmes et des enfants, des personnes âgées et des personnes handicapées, à des espaces verts et des espaces publics sûrs

11.a   Favoriser l’établissement de liens économiques, sociaux et environnementaux positifs entre zones urbaines, périurbaines et rurales en renforçant la planification du développement à l’échelle nationale et régionale

11.b   D’ici à 2020, accroître considérablement le nombre de villes et d’établissements humains qui adoptent et mettent en œuvre des politiques et plans d’action intégrés en faveur de l’insertion de tous, de l’utilisation rationnelle des ressources, de l’adaptation aux effets des changements climatiques et de leur atténuation et de la résilience face aux catastrophes, et élaborer et mettre en œuvre, conformément au Cadre de Sendai pour la réduction des risques de catastrophe (2015-2030), une gestion globale des risques de catastrophe à tous les niveaux

11.c   Aider les pays les moins avancés, y compris par une assistance financière et technique, à construire des bâtiments durables et résilients en utilisant des matériaux locaux.

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Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

The international community has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty.  The most vulnerable nations – the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the small island developing states – continue to make inroads into poverty reduction.  However, inequality still persists and large disparities remain in access to health and education services and other assets.

Additionally, while income inequality between countries may have been reduced, inequality within countries has risen. There is growing consensus that economic growth is not sufficient to reduce poverty if it is not inclusive and if it does not involve the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.

To reduce inequality, policies should be universal in principle paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

Facts and Figures

  • On average—and taking into account population size—income inequality increased by 11 per cent in developing countries between 1990 and 2010
  • A significant majority of households in developing countries—more than 75 per cent of the population—are living today in societies where income is more unequally distributed than it was in the 1990s
  • Evidence shows that, beyond a certain threshold, inequality harms growth and poverty reduction, the quality of relations in the public and political spheres and individuals’ sense of fulfilment and self-worth
  • There is nothing inevitable about growing income inequality; several countries have managed to contain or reduce income inequality while achieving strong growth performance
  • Income inequality cannot be effectively tackled unless the underlying inequality of opportunities is addressed
  • In a global survey conducted by UN Development Programme, policy makers from around the world acknowledged that inequality in their countries is generally high and potentially a threat to long-term social and economic development
  • Evidence from developing countries shows that children in the poorest 20 per cent of the populations are still up to three times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than children in the richest quintiles
  • Social protection has been significantly extended globally, yet persons with disabilities are up to five times more likely than average to incur catastrophic health expenditures
  • Despite overall declines in maternal mortality in the majority of developing countries, women in rural areas are still up to three times more likely to die while giving birth than women living in urban centres.

Targets

  • By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average
  • By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
  • Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard
  • Adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality
  • Improve the regulation and monitoring of global financial markets and institutions and strengthen the implementation of such regulations
  • Ensure enhanced representation and voice for developing countries in decision-making in global international economic and financial institutions in order to deliver more effective, credible, accountable and legitimate institutions
  • Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies
  • Implement the principle of special and differential treatment for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, in accordance with World Trade Organization agreements
  • Encourage official development assistance and financial flows, including foreign direct investment, to States where the need is greatest, in particular least developed countries, African countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries, in accordance with their national plans and programmes
  • By 2030, reduce to less than 3 per cent the transaction costs of migrant remittances and eliminate remittance corridors with costs higher than 5 per cent.

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Déclaration attribuable au porte-parole du Secrétaire général sur le meurtre d’un Casque bleu de la MINUSCA en République centrafricaine (Scroll down for English)

New York, 10 Avril 2018

Le Secrétaire général condamne le meurtre d’un Casque bleu rwandais ainsi que les blessures infligées à huit autres membres de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République centrafricaine (MINUSCA) le 10 avril à Bangui lors d’un échange de tirs avec des éléments armés.

Cet incident fait suite à une opération conjointe lancée le 8 avril par la MINUSCA ainsi que les forces armées et la police centrafricaines pour désarmer et arrêter des groupes criminels lourdement armés dans le troisième arrondissement de Bangui.

Le Secrétaire général présente ses plus sincères condoléances à la famille de la victime ainsi qu’au Gouvernement rwandais et souhaite un prompt rétablissement aux blessés.
Le Secrétaire général rappelle que les attaques contre les forces de maintien de la paix des Nations Unies peuvent constituer un crime de guerre et appelle les autorités centrafricaines à enquêter sur ces cas et à traduire rapidement les responsables en justice.

Le Secrétaire général réitère la détermination de la MINUSCA à protéger les civils et à contribuer à la stabilisation de la République centrafricaine.

 Stéphane Dujarric , Porte-Parole du Secrétaire général de l’ONU

 

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the killing of a MINUSCA peacekeeper in the Central African Republic

New York, 10 April 2018

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the killing of a Rwandan peacekeeper and the wounding of eight others of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on 10 April, in Bangui during an exchange of fire with armed elements.

The incident follows a joint operation launched on 8 April by MINUSCA and the Central African forces and police to disarm and arrest heavily armed criminal groups.

The Secretary-General offers his deepest condolences to the family of the bereaved, as well as to the Government of Rwanda, and wishes a swift recovery to the injured.

The Secretary-General recalls that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute a war crime and calls on the Central African Republic authorities to investigate them and swiftly bring those responsible to justice.

The Secretary-General reiterates the determination of MINUSCA to protect civilians and contribute to the stabilization of the Central African Republic.

Stéphane Dujarric , Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General 

 

NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS ON JOINT UN/AU VISIT TO SUDAN, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC AND ETHIOPIA

New York, 8 April 2018
 
Joint visit of Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, and African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui to Sudan and the Central African Republic – 7-13 April 2018
On 8 April 2018, the Under Secretary-General (USG) for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, and the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, started a weeklong joint visit to Sudan and the Central African Republic. The joint visit is aimed at further strengthening the important partnership between the United Nations and the African Union, as emphasized by both UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.
Upon arrival in Khartoum, USG Lacroix and Commissioner Chergui held discussions with various interlocutors on the overall situation in Darfur and the implementation of UNAMID mandate, including its ongoing reconfiguration. They attended the 25th meeting of the Tripartite Coordination Mechanism on UNAMID on 8 April. The Mechanism, composed of representatives of the Government of Sudan (GoS), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN), is a forum at the strategic level aimed at resolving issues and challenges related to UNAMID. USG Lacroix and Commissioner Chergui held meetings with Government officials, including the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour. On 9 April, they are scheduled to travel to El Fasher, Darfur, which hosts the headquarters of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
From 10-13 April, USG Lacroix and Commissioner Chergui will travel to Bangui, Central African Republic, where they will meet with senior Government officials, senior UN and AU officials and other interlocutors. They will highlight the cooperation between the UN and the AU in seeking political solutions to the country’s conflict. They will also co-chair the first meeting of the International Support Group on the CAR aimed at encouraging the international community to re-engage in the peace process and to support the urgent humanitarian needs of millions in the country.
USG Lacroix and Commissioner Chergui will then travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where they will jointly brief the African Union Peace and Security Council on 13 April and meet senior AU officials.