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A MORE SECURE CONTINENT: AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES ON THE UN HIGH-LEVEL PANEL REPORT, A MORE SECURE WORLD: OUR SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

HELEN SCANLON
ANGELA NDINGA-MUVUMBA
Copyright Date: Apr. 23, 2005
Pages: 50
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https://www.jstor.org/stable/resrep05133
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Table of Contents

  1. (pp. 12-15)

    The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Cape Town, South Africa, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) cohosted a policy advisory group meeting of about 40 policymakers, academics and civil society activists at the Lord Charles Hotel, Cape Town, on 23 and 24 April 2005.¹ The intention of the meeting was to consider African perspectives on the United Nations’ (UN) High-Level Panel report on Threats, Challenges and Change, A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility, which was submitted to the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, in December 2004.² This meeting sought critically to examine the report’s recommendations, to devise strategies for...

  2. (pp. 16-37)

    In UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s address to the African Union Summit in Abuja, Nigeria, in February 2005 he stated that “on no continent would the implementation of the High-Level Panel's recommendations save more lives than in Africa”.⁷ Clearly, debate around UN security concerns in 2005 and beyond will be influenced by the findings of the UN High-Level Panel report. The inclusion of both so-called “hard” threats (including terrorism, nuclear and biological warfare) and “soft” threats (for example socio-economic problems and international organised crime) as international security issues is of obvious interest to the African continent.

    The Cape Town policy advisory...