At its 13th Ordinary Session held in Sirte, Libya, from 1st to 3rd July 2009, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) adopted decision Assembly/AU/Dec.266(XIII) on the holding of a Special Session on the Consideration and Resolution of Conflicts in Africa.
According to the AU side, the adoption of this decision is yet another demonstration of the commitment of the Africa’s leaders to address the scourge of conflicts. The Special Session will provide Africa’s leaders with an opportunity to review the ongoing efforts to address the challenges of peace and security on the continent. It will also give further impetus for the implementation of the decisions made by various AU policy organs on peace and security issues.
The session was divided in 4 main subjects:
1) Putting in place a strong and effective institutional framework – Towards the operationalization of the African Peace and Security Architecture
2) Efforts towards the promotion of peace, security and stability
3) Continuing challenges
4) The Tripoli Special Session – an opportunity to further the quest for peace, security and stability in Africa
Read a summary of the four session here