African Countries Urged to Strengthen Conflict Prevention Mechanisms

Addis Ababa: African countries urged to reinforce their conflict prevention mechanisms instead of attempts of responding to conflicts after they occur. Conflict prevention measures vital instrument to minimize damages that might encounter due to conflicts, it was indicated. The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has organized an exhibition today in Addis Ababa in commemorating its 20th Anniversary. The event was attended by several officials of the AU including Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs Peace and Security and other commissioners. On the occasion AU Commissioner for Political Affairs Peace and Security, Bankole Adeoye stressed the need to employ a new paradigm in Africa's effort to resolve conflicts and ensure peace in the continent. Noting that women, children and elders have been the main victims of conflicts in the continent, the commissioner urged African countries to give more priority to conflict prevention mechanisms instead of engaging in emergency response activities after conflicts occur. He said conflict prevention measures are instrumental to avert huge damages that might encounter due to conflicts indicating the support being provided by the AU to members countries to enable them enhance their conflict prevention mechanisms. The exhibition held today depicted humanitarian, peace, and security activities of AU's Peace and Security Council (PSC) with the objective to showcase the African Union Commission's Humanitarian Action efforts on the continent. It has created an opportunity for humanitarian agencies to highlight their work in the continent. The exhibition is part of a series of activities and PSC sessions scheduled from March to December 2024, aimed at assessing the Council's evolution and its discharge of mandate. Over the years, the PSC has engaged and partnered with various stakeholders to prevent, manage, and resolve conflicts, as well as to address humanitarian situations, according to information obtained from the AU. Source: Ethi opian News Agency