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II. United Nations And Sub-Saharan Africa

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This chapter talks about the relations between the United Nations (UN) and the countries in the sub-Saharan region of Africa during the year 2008. Close cooperation between the UN system and the African Union (AU) marked the year. There was a convergence around the idea that African actors should assume more ownership of and responsibility for the interconnected issues of development and security. United Nations (UN) representatives argued that this is necessary, given that the organisation focused about 60% of its time and most of its peace operations on Africa. The AU sought to build its role as a forum to harmonise divergent African national or sub-regional perspectives to enable Africa as a whole to have greater influence in international affairs. However, in many respects the scope and substance of the UN's engagement remained unclear.

Keywords:African Union (AU); sub-Saharan Africa; United Nations (UN)



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