African Union , the European Union, and United Nations address pressing challenges

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In the Fourth Trilateral Meeting of the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), and the United Nations (UN), the chairpersons from the three organizations gathered to discuss on Monday 17 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York key issues regarding pressing global challenges, according to a Joint Communiqué on the United National official website.

The meeting was attended by Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, Josep Borrell, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Vice-President of the European Commission, and António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

During the meeting, the three organizations extended their unwavering solidarity with Morocco and Libya, following the devastating natural disasters that hit these two North African countries recently.

As to the G20, the three organizations also reiterated their firm commitment to fostering efficient multilateralism and expressed their welcome to include the African Union as a new member of the G20.

There was also a discussion about the situation in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes regions, underscoring the importance of taking robust action to tackle the challenges at hand.

They reaffirmed their commitment to providing stable and predictable financing for African Union-led peace support operations as mandated by the Security Council, calling for an agreement on this long-standing issue.

Regarding Climate Justice and COP28, discussions were held about the urgency of just transition and climate justice, expressing their anticipation for an ambitious outcome of the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28).

The topic of irregular Migration and refugees was also on the table. The leaders discussed ways to accelerate action in addressing the issue and its root causes, highlighting the importance of respecting human rights and dignity.

The chairpersons from the three respective organizations acknowledged the importance of collaborative partnerships to achieve mutual benefit. These partnerships aim to promote peace and sustainable development, as well as the reform of the international financial system.

It also stresses the importance of ensuring a fair representation of Africa in global institutions, supply chain diversification for Africa, and the promotion of investments.

On a final note, the meeting concluded with an agreement from the three parties to reconvene in 2024.

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