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The African Union in the United Nations

Madeleine Hosli, Professor of International Relations at Leiden University, together with two other authors, wrote a chapter in Group Politics in UN Multilateralism. This chapter assesses the composition and functioning of the African Union (AU) within the United Nations.

Nandi Makubalo, Madeleine O. Hosli and Michaël Lantmeeters
19 May 2020

The chapter provides information on AU voting cohesion within the UNGA, based on the collection and analysis of voting records. The chapter then assesses the role of the AU in multilateral politics and outlines patterns of collaboration between the AU and the UN over time. It explores competition among AU member states as to their potential representation in a reformed United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the role of AU members as troop contributing countries. Finally, the chapter discusses some primary concerns of the AU within the UN, including the ‘Agenda 2063’, ‘Silencing the Guns by 2020’ and links between the priorities of the AU and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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