TANA HIGH T - A L N EV A EL
3 January 2023
The signals of threats to peace and security across the African landscape are evident in the decline of democratisation, weakening of critical public institutions, the resurgence of ethnoreligious and other parochial identities, food insecurity and weak preparedness of African state to address its impact and externalities, and the proliferation of actors and risks in ways previously not contemplat. [...] Alongside taking stock of the evolution of threats to peace and security challenges on the continent and the impact of global insecurity, the focus will be on mobilising and building the type of home-grown and local resilience that allows the voice and agency of African citizens to blossom. [...] • The high-level remarks and statements covered the broad themes of security and the impact of COVID-19; the threats of climate change and food and water insecurity; the resurgence of unconstitutional changes of governments in Africa with increasing cases of coups; the place of Africa within the multilateral system, and the importance of collective action; and harnessing Africa’s cultural heritage. [...] Al-Burhan reiterated the commitment of his government to deliver on the mandate to oversee the withdrawal and exit of the military force from the political debate and take up its constitutional role of protecting and maintaining the security and sovereignty of the Republic of Sudan. [...] He stated that Tana is the spirit of Africa, and through the conversations that the Tana Forum facilitates, there is a great deal of hope and belief in the place and role of this Forum to bring about the sustainability of peace, and the effective management of security challenges on the African continent.