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Pact for the Future: African perspectives and priorities

As negotiations continue ahead of the UN Summit for the Future, what global governance changes should Africa table?

In September, the United Nations Summit of the Future will bring member states together to reach a consensus on how to deal with current and new threats to global governance and reinvigorate international cooperation. The summit will produce a Pact for the Future, which member states will negotiate before and during the summit.

Articulating Africa’s priorities is essential in discussions of global governance mechanisms that could be considered in the pact. As inter-governmental negotiations continue, this seminar will provide African perspectives and priorities focusing on preventive diplomacy, mediation and peace support operations. 

This event is co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU).

Simultaneous English-French interpretation will be provided.

Welcome remarks: Dr Paul-Simon Handy, Regional Director for East Africa and Representative to the AU, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) 

Moderator: Hester Paneras, Head, Institutional and Operational Partnership Service, UNOAU


  • Amb Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union Commission
  • Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Representative of UN Secretary-General to the AU, and Head, ONOAU
  • Amb Neville Gertze, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Namibia to the UN
  • Dr Dawit Yohannes, Project Manager and Senior Researcher, ISS Addis Ababa
  • Dr Andrews Atta-Asamoah, Head, Africa Peace and Security Governance, ISS Addis Ababa
Development partners
This seminar is funded by the governments of the Netherlands and Norway. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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