ICRC delegation to the African Union

09 September 2014

The ICRC delegation to the African Union (AU), based in Addis Ababa, works with the AU to draw attention to humanitarian issues, promote implementation of international humanitarian law throughout Africa and raise awareness of the ICRC's role and activities on the continent. Under the cooperation agreement signed in 1992 between the ICRC and the Organization of African Unity, predecessor of the African Union, the ICRC delegation to the AU works closely with the Commission and Member States of the AU, sharing experiences and views on humanitarian consequences arising from conflict. The ICRC delegation to the AU has observer status.

ICRC headquarters, Geneva, May 1992. Salim Ahmed Salim, Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity and Cornelio Summaruga, ICRC president, sign a memorandum of understanding that marks the beginning of a long partnership. CC BY-NC-ND/ICRC/T. Gassman

African Union and ICRC Marks 30 years of Partnership on Humanitarian Issues- Statement, 20-05-2022

Communiqué of the 5th AU-ICRC Common Article 1 Roundtable - Communiqué, 18-02-2022

African Union: ICRC holds virtual dialogue on Innovative Approaches and Partnerships to Address Health Threats in Africa - Article, 23-12-2021

African Union: Reflections on ICRC African Union Delegations activities- Article, 14-10-2020

African Union: Examining human cost of migration policies in Africa during COVID-19- News Release, 16-09-2020

Africa CDC and ICRC discuss COVID-19 prevention in places of detention - Article, 09-06-2020

African Union: The ICRC's response to COVID-19 in Africa - Article, 08-06-2020

Impact of COVID-19 on Vulnerable Populations (IDPs, Refugees, Migrants) - Statement, 28-04-2020

ICRC welcomes the ratification of the Kampala Convention by Somalia - Article, 12-03-2020

AU Peace and Security Council receives brief on the humanitarian situation in Africa by ICRC President - photo gallery, 28-01-2020

The Kampala Convention: Key Recommendations Ten Years On - publication, 27-01-2020

African Union: ICRC president urges more respect of IHL by AU member states for effective "Silencing the guns in Africa by 2020" - news release, 20-01-2020

African Union: IPSS and ICRC sign a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance partnership - Article, 18-12-2019

African Union Chairperson assures ICRC of strengthened partnership - Article, 18-12-2019

African Union: ICRC Seminar on the use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas - Photo gallery, 15-11-2019

African Union: Seminar on use of explosive weapons in populated areas - Statement, 06-11-2019

Ethiopia: AU state members and experts assess humanitarian impact of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas - news release, 31-10-2019

ICRC Statement on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) - Statement, 22-10-2019

EWIPA: ICRC Statement on the use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas - Statement, 22-10-2019

African Union: ICRC calls on all parties to conflict to respect IHL in urban warfare - Statement, 04-12-2018

African Union: Military Attachés Association briefed on the humanitarian situation in DR Congo - Article, 14-11-2018

African Union: Respect of Law of War protects women and girls during conflict - Statement, 19-10-2018

AU–ICRC Roundtable on Operationalization of the obligation to ensure respect for IHL - news release, 01-06-2018

The ICRC pays courtesy visit to the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs - article, 22-03-2018

African Union: 40th anniversary of Additional Protocols of the Geneva Conventions - article, 22-12-2017

Briefing to Military Attachés association on the Lake Chad Basin Region - article, 15-12-2017

40th anniversary of Additional Protocols of the Geneva Conventions - 04-12-2017

Focus on the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel- article, 01-11-2017

The 13th Joint AU-ICRC held - article, 19-10-2017

International Day of Peace 2017 - article, 26-09-2017

ICRC delegation to the African Union presents credentials to African Union chairperson - article, 07-09-2017

ICRC called on states to address the issue of violence against health care - 24-08-2017

ICRC and the African Union commemorate 25 years of partnership - article, 09-06-2017

The ICRC stresses the need to protect migrant children - article, 13-06-2017

The ICRC emphasizes that violations of IHL/IHRL worsen humanitarian suffering - article, 13-06-2017

ICRC and African RECs discuss migration, arms proliferation and respect of IHL - article, 02-06-2017

Roundtable on ensuring respect of international humanitarian law in peace support missions in Africa - article, 31-05-2017

African Union: Launch of the Swahili version of the Luanda Guidelines - article, 26-04-2017

ICRC, ACHPR, APCOF AND Tanzanian Police Force commemorate African Pre-Trial Detention Day - news release, 25-04-2017

AU and ICRC call on states to respect the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and other relevant treaties - article, 07-04-2017

Joint statement of the ICRC and the African Union on the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness - news release, 05-04-2017

African Union: ICRC delegation meets African Policing Civilians Oversight Forum - article, 16-02-2017

African Union: Defense attachés receive ICRC briefing on South Sudan - article, 16-02-2017

Ensuring respect of IHL in multinational operations - article, 31-05-2016

ICRC and African Union remain committed to strengthened collaboration - news release, 24-02-2015

African Union: ICRC president calls for unhindered access for humanitarian workers - photo gallery, 14-11-2014

African Union: Seminar on protection of health services - news release, 23-10-2014

African Union: Protection of health care services in armed conflict and other emergencies - seminar, 22-10-2014

Over 20 years of ICRC-AU partnership - photo gallery

African Union: Experts discuss assistance for victims of mines and other explosive devices - news release, 04-03-2014

African Union: Experts discuss weapon contamination in Africa - news release, 04-03-2013

ICRC president to visit African Union headquarters - news release, 18-10-2012

ICRC welcomes entry into force of Kampala Convention for displaced persons - news release - includes video, 05-12-2012

African Union: Joint seminar with ICRC on protecting civilians amid war and other violence - 11-11-2011