Peace & Security Council Report Issue 124
This report consists of several small articles. On page 2 the article is titled: "The African Union can do better for the Sahel". The situation in the Sahel continues to preoccupy Africa. Despite the arrival of COVID-19, terrorist attacks have not abated in the region. On page 4: "The dangers of states of emergency to combat COVID-19 in Africa". The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has, on several occasions since late March 2020, appealed to African countries to uphold human rights in their responses to COVID-19. On page 6: " COVID-19 should help in rethinking peace support in Africa". Peace support operations (PSOs) across Africa are adapting their responses to the new reality of COVID-19. Since the outbreak, PSOs have provided critical support in the fight against the pandemic in situations where protracted conflict has destroyed the health infrastructure of many African countries. On page 9: " Can the AU help Africa’s private sector survive COVID-19? " As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage unabated, Africa seems set for a major economic crisis owing to the restrictive measures to combat COVID-19, the fall in commodity prices, the disruption in global supply chains, and restrictions on international travel. On page 11: " PSC interview: The PSC is adapting its working methods in difficult times". Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 restrictions, the PSC has attempted to continue with its work virtually. The PSC Report spoke to Prof Mafa Sejanamane, Lesotho’s ambassador to the AU and chairperson of the PSC for May 2020, about the country’s aims and priorities for this month. On page 12: " Comment: towards a new post-COVID-19 world order?" As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, the reality of its aftermath cannot be overlooked. International relations experts agree that, just as 9/11 marked a turning point in global security relations, so the pandemic will be not just a health issue but also a major catalyst for new dynamics in the international system. The resulting shifts have the potential to redefine interstate relations and global governance in ways that require Africa and the global South, in general, to reposition themselves.