Zambia assumes chairmanship of AU peace and security body
(EBC; August 9, 2018 - Zambia has assumed the chairmanship of the African Union Peace and Security Council, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
Zambia will be chair of the organ for the second time since becoming a member of the council three years ago, Susan Sikaneta, Zambia's Permanent Representative to the AU, and Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia said.
Ms. Sikaneta said during the chairmanship, Zambia would evaluate whether the peace and security platform in Africa was sufficient to allow flagship programs in Agenda 2063 to succeed.
She said the root causes of conflict on the continent must be eliminated if the flagship programs were to succeed, according to a statement released by the Zambia embassy in Ethiopia.
Moving on to the UN, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday announced the appointment of Michelle Bachelet, Chile's twice-serving president, as the world body's next human rights chief.
Bachelet, 66, is set to replace Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein of Jordan, who held the post of UN high commissioner for human rights since September 2014.
A two-time president who ranks among the world's most powerful women in politics, Bachelet also served in 2010 as the first director of UN Women, the UN agency promoting gender equality worldwide.
The 193-nation assembly will meet on Friday to vote on the appointment, which is expected to win approval, diplomats said.