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Engagement with African Regional Organisations

The African Union (AU)
The AU was established in 2002 as the successor of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The past years have shown the AU’s increased capacity as well as willingness to act as a unifying political actor in Africa. The union has increasingly engaged in questions of internal affairs of the member states, emphasizing and reacting to questions of democratic governance, thereby adhering to its principle of “non-indifference”, rather than the OAU’s principle of “non-interference”.
Denmark sees the AU as a key actor in creating sustainable development, regional integration, stability and security in Africa, and is Denmark’s primary partner for engagements related to regional peace and security. The Embassy thus follows closely the deliberations in the AU, to help inform Denmark’s policies towards African issues.

Regional Economic Communities/Regional Economic Mechanisms (REC/REM)
Through the focus is on peace and security issues, especially the developments in the Sahel, South Sudan and Somalia, the African regional organisations play an increasing role in matters of Danish interests, such as economic and social development, migration and climate adaptation. Of the REC/REMs the embassy primarily focuses on ECOWAS and IGAD, as they address the issues in the Danish priority areas.

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Through the Embassy in Addis, Denmark cooperates with the UNECA, and supports the organisation’s work towards helping Africa achieve economic and social progress.
Denmark supports the UNECA’s work in a few targeted engagements, among others in the field of illicit financial flows. Following up on the 2012 High Level Panel Report on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa, UNECA is engaged in reducing illicit financial flows in Africa through advocacy and implementation of the report recommendations.

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The Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen with AU Commissioner  for Political Affairs Aisha Abdullahi, at the African Union Summit January 2016