Common African positions: achievable goal or wishful thinking?


To increase Africa’s influence on global decision making, countries on the continent have tried to reach common positions through the African Union Peace and Security Council and the African elected members in the UN Security Council. These efforts have not however always led to the desired voting patterns in multilateral organisations.

This seminar will reflect on how African states can ensure that common positions lead to collective action on pressing continental and global issues. Speakers will discuss the challenges and opportunities in securing shared positions, and how Africa’s voice can be strengthened in multilateral diplomacy.

NOTE: This event will have live interpretation from English to French and French to English

This is a joint event of the Institute for Security Studies and the Training for Peace Programme.

Chair: Gustavo de Carvalho, Senior Researcher, ISS


HE Bankole Adeoye, former Nigerian Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the AU

HE Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to the AU and Head of the UN Office to the AU, Addis Ababa

HE Osama Abdel Khalek, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the AU

Photo: Gonzales Photo / Alamy Stock Photo

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