Peace and Security Committee

The Peace and Security Committee of the African Union's Economic, Social and Cultural Council deals with the following issues:

  • Conflict anticipation, prevention, management and resolution.
  • Post conflict reconstruction and peace building.
  • Prevention and combating of terrorism.
  • Use of child soldiers.
  • Drug trafficking.
  • Illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
  • Security reforms.

The Chairperson of the Committee is Muhammed Algalil.

Adetokunbo Kayode

Adetokunbo Kayode, corporate lawyer, tax expert and international arbitrator. He attended CMS GRAMMAR SCHOOL, Lagos, the oldest Secondary School in Nigeria with the 1970/74/76 set.

He is a Senior Advocate Of Nigeria (SAN), and a Life Bencher, respectively, the highest rank and the highest honor a practicing lawyer may attain in Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, UK; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators of Nigeria; and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.

He studied law at the University of Lagos, Nigeria Law School, Lagos, Strategic Leadership at the Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Strategy and Public Communications at the World Bank/ Annenberg Program of the University of Southern California, as well as Strategic Negotiations training at the Harvard University.

He has served the Government of Nigeria as Cabinet minister in four different positions: Culture and Tourism; Labour, Employment; Federal Attorney General and Hon Minister of Justice and as Minister of Defence. He chairs the Peace and Security Committee of the Pan African Lawyers Union, Daresallam, Tanzania.

Kayode has business interests in law, agriculture, power and mining. He is on the board of the National Associations of Chambers of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture of Nigeria, Nigerian Chamber of Mines, Nigeria Association of Investment Promotion Agencies.

He Chairs the Boards of the Gemological Institute of Nigeria, Gems Miners and Marketers Association of Nigeria as well as the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Small Scale Industrialists responsible for small and medium enterprises development (SMEs) in Nigeria, and the Nigeria Private Sector Alliance. He represents the Nigeria Organised Private Sector (OPS) on Nigerian official delegation at international trade negotiations at the WTO, ACFTA, etc.

He holds the Nigeria National Honors of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) well as the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) of the Republic of Liberia.

He is currently President, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nigeria.

Economic, Social and Cultural Council

The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) is an advisory body of the African Union designed to give civil society organizations (CSOs) a voice within the AU institutions and decision-making processes. ECOSOCC is made up of civil society organizations from a wide range of sectors including labour, business and professional groups, service providers and policy think tanks, both from within Africa and the African diaspora.

The Interim President of ECOSOCC was Kenyan Nobel Prize winner Prof. Wangari Maathai. In 2008, she was replaced as President by Cameroonian lawyer Akere Muna of the Pan-African Lawyers Union (PALU).

John Sitilides

John Sitilides is a Washington, D.C. geopolitical strategist and diplomacy consultant to the U.S. Department of State.

He discusses U.S. and global risk trends, international security flashpoints and geopolitical risk management before C-suite executives, high-stakes decision makers and opinion leaders at corporate and investor conferences and summits, and before government, military and intelligence community audiences. In customized briefings, he explores the complex geopolitical decisions that impact markets in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, helping clients better understand and mitigate risk.

Since 2006, Sitilides chairs the State Department's Advanced Area Studies Program for Southeast Europe (under a U.S. government contract) at the Foreign Service Institute, the primary training institution for U.S. diplomats and other foreign policy professionals.

He was Board Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project, directing policy, research & forecast analysis on U.S., NATO & EU geopolitical, commercial, and security interests throughout southeastern Europe, from 2005-2011.

As Principal at Trilogy Advisors LLC since 2005, Sitilides manages a government affairs portfolio specializing in regulatory reform. He has testified before Congress, and is a regular media commentator on national security and American politics on broadcast, print and digital media.

Twice recognized by the State Department for expertise in public policy and international relations, he has been interviewed on CNN, Fox News, CNN International, One America News, China Global and BBC News, and cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Bloomberg News, Politico, National Public Radio, and Institutional Investor.

Many of his recent TV appearances can be viewed at his YouTube page, including his 2017 TEDx Talk on "American Identity on the Global Stage."Sitilides serves on the Board of Directors of 3doo, Inc., a streaming VR360 + AR video platform; and Biovest International, a biopharmaceutical company developing immunotherapies to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and other blood cancers. He also serves on the Board of Directors of International Orthodox Christian Charities, a global humanitarian organization, and the Board of Trustees of Leadership 100, a national Greek Orthodox foundation. In 2017, Sitilides was appointed by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the position of Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Jorge Argüello

Jorge Martín Arturo Argüello (born April 20, 1956) is an Argentine politician and diplomat. He served as Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations between 2007 and 2011, and was designated Ambassador of Argentina to the United States during 2011-2013. In 2013 was appointed Ambassador of Argentina to Portugal.

NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society

The NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (NATO/CCMS) was a scientific research committee created in 1969 by the North Atlantic Council to study environmental problems of various nations, and the quality of life of their people.US President Richard Nixon had suggested on NATOs twentieth anniversary to install the new body to work on the environment.

NATO Science for Peace and Security

The NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme is a NATO programme supporting civil science cooperation and innovation. Created in 2006 as the merger of the NATO Science Committee (SCOM) and the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS), the SPS offers grants to scientists in NATO and NATO Partner countries for work on civil science projects. Partner countries include Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Grants are also available to scientists in seven countries known as the Mediterranean Dialogue: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Each SPS project is conducted in a specific NATO priority area by a collaboration between working scientists in eligible Partner countries and scientists in NATO Allied countries. Applications must be in the area of the SPS Key Priorities.


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