Peace and security
Peace and security are necessary conditions to ensure progress and sustainable development. Under the leadership of the African Union, Africa has intensified its efforts to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts.
Safeguarding peace and security is essential to long-term progress and sustainable development. Stability in one region has far-reaching benefits in neighbouring regions and beyond.
According to the Roadmap 2014-2017, which was adopted at the EU-Africa Summit in April 2014, the strategic objective of the cooperation between Africa and the EU on peace and security is to ensure a peaceful, safe, secure environment, contributing to human security and reducing fragility, foster political stability and effective governance, and to enable sustainable and inclusive growth.
The key EU financial instrument to support cooperation with Africa in the area of Peace and Security is the African Peace Facility (APF). The APF was established at the request of African leaders at the African Union Maputo Summit in 2003. Through this instrument, the EU places itself at the forefront of the international support to the APSA. More concretely, EU efforts consist in providing political backing as well as predictable resources to African Peace Support Operations, capacity-building activities as well as mediation activities at both continental and regional levels.
An independent assessment of the implementation and results of the APF conducted by an external consortium of peace and security experts between October 2012 and September 2013 concludes that the European support provided through the APF has been a game changer and has enabled a growing number of credible African responses to political crises and threats to Peace and Security on the African continent.
The Africa-EU Partnership has also led to enhanced dialogue between the Peace and Security Council of the African Union and the Political and Security Committee of the European Union. In 2013, dialogue focused on Central African Republic, Mali and the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and South Sudan.
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