Monthly Archives: May 2022

The celebration of Africa Day on 25 May 2022

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Message of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on the occasion of the celebration of Africa Day on 25 May 2022

Fellow Africans,

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Continent and in the Diaspora,

On this day of celebration of Africa Day, I am very pleased to express my wishes of health and prosperity to each and every one of you, whether you are from the Islands or the Diaspora.

SADC Regional Workshop on the Role of the Criminal Justice System in Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism

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In recent times, there have been a growing trend of terrorism and violent extremism in the Southern Africa region, particularly with the spread of terrorist groups connected with the Islamic State (IS), which threatens the peace, security, stability, and the development of countries in the region. The present threats in the region have also exposed the vulnerabilities of the member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Elevating the Role of African Cities in Preventing Extremism and Hate: Mapping City Needs and Priorities

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From 10 to 12 May 2022, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) convened over 65 mayors and other local leaders, civil society representatives and senior officials from national governments and multilateral bodies in East and Southern Africa for an exchange of views on how best to support city and other local authority-led efforts for preventing extremist- and hate-motivated violence and polarisation. The multi-stakeholder gathering included officials and experts from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as the African Union, IGAD, UNOCT, UNDP, UN Habitat, UNOPS, other city networks including the East Africa Local Government Association and the Global Parliament of Mayors, and the British, Danish, Dutch and US embassies in Nairobi. The EU-funded workshop is part of a larger EU-supported initiative to map city-level prevention-related needs and priorities across Africa.