Addis Ababa November 2/2013 The G8++ Africa Clearing House (ACH) meeting which aims to coordinate donors’ and partners’ engagement on African peace support operations will be held here on 6 November 2013.
A joint release posted on AU’s website said the African Union (AU) and the United Kingdom (UK) under its G8 Presidency, will co-host the annual meeting.
The meeting is aimed to coordinate donors’ and partners’ engagement with the AU Commission and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) - Regional Mechanisms (RMs) on African peace support operations in order to maximize coherence and impact.
The meeting is an integral part of the G8 calendar and an important follow-up to this year’s G8 Summit, held in June 2013, in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, under the presidency of the United Kingdom.
The last G8++ Africa Clearing House meeting took place in Washington DC, in November 2012, during the G8 Presidency of the USA.
It focused on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and Africa’s Maritime strategy; building Africa’s peacekeeping capabilities, with a special focus on the Continent’s regional standby forces; the protection of civilians and preventing gender-based violence in conflict zones on the continent.
The Africa Clearing House was established in 2004 to provide a multi-lateral forum to exchange information on security assistance and cooperation programs for the continent.
It aims to become the premier mechanism for continued information exchange, cooperation and collaboration between Africa and its bilateral and multilateral partners.
Through working more closely together, both parties hope to enhance the ACH’s ability to deliver consensus on a range of issues and make progress towards improving the AU’s capacity to respond to peace and security issues across the continent.