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II. United Nations And Sub-Saharan Africa

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The Economic Commission for Africa's 2007-2009 business plan was officially launched on 16 November in Addis Ababa. At this ceremony, the declaration entitled 'Enhancing AUUN Cooperation: Framework for the Ten-Year Capacity Building Programme for the African Union' was signed by the UN's secretary-general, Kofi Annan, and the chairperson of the AU Commission, Alpha OumarKonaré. UN peacekeeping in Africa continued to face challenges that taxed its capabilities. Crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing in Darfur seemed to present the UN with the first test of its 'responsibility to protect' agenda adopted by the UN summit in 2005, amid loud proclamations that a disaster such as the inability to act over Rwanda would not happen again. Countries such as the DR Congo, Chad and Sudan were in the limelight for UN human rights bodies and agencies. The annual UNAIDS report confirmed that Africa remained the global epicentre of the AIDS pandemic.

Keywords: AIDS; Kofi Annan; Sub-Saharan Africa; UN human rights; UN summit; United Nations



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