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28th Summit of the African Union
Addis Ababa Ethiopia - 22 -31 Jan. 2017
  • Ethiopia: AU asks member states to assist Gambia's security sector reform
    21 june 2017 17:43:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Gambia needs personnel support from the African Union Commission (AUC) and AU member states for reforming its security sector and the newly initiated process of transitional justice, according to the AU Peace and Security Council.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges member states to criminalize child marriages
    20 june 2017 18:10:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Expressing disgust over the increase of cases of child marriages and other forms of abuse against children, particularly young girls, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has urged all member states to criminalize child marriages.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chair worried over the rising number of African refugees
    20 june 2017 14:52:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Painting a gloomy picture of the refugee problems confronting Africa, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Mahamat, on Tuesday warned that the total number of displaced and stateless persons in Africa has drastically increased from 10.2 million to approximately 18 million between 2011 and 2016. Full text...

  • Tanzania: European Council renews impetus for the Africa-EU Partnership
    19 june 2017 10:44:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Europe and Africa have much to gain from further increasing political and economic ties, because as close neighbours, both share a common future and 2017 is an important year for their partnership, the Council of the European Union (EU) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief calls for speedy resolve of rift among Gulf states
    16 june 2017 20:04:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Mahamat Moussa Faki has expressed his growing concern over the political dispute among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Full text...

  • US: UN cooperation with AU must be less 'ad hoc,' Security Council told
    16 june 2017 05:50:24
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations must move towards a more institutionalized approach for the joint planning, mandating, financing and supporting of African Union (AU) peace-support operations, the Secretary-General's Chef de Cabinet told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condemns assassination of incoming PM's wife in Lesotho
    15 june 2017 19:06:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has been shocked and saddened by the assassination of Lipolelo Alice Thabane, wife of Lesotho’s incoming Prime Minister at Ha Masana village, in the outskirts of the capital, Maseru, on 14 June 2017. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges Sudan to ensure security in Darfur on UNAMID troops withdrawal
    15 june 2017 16:31:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Urging the Government of Sudan to ensure it fills the security and humanitarian vacuum that may arise out of the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force from Darfur region, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has expressed "deep concern over the widespread proliferation of weapons in the areas of return for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU mourns German Ambassador to African Union and Ethiopia
    15 june 2017 08:21:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has learnt with profound sadness the passing away of the German Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, Joachim Schmidt. Full text...

  • US: Security Council briefed on proposal to reduce number of AU-UN troops in Darfur
    15 june 2017 03:22:30
    New York, US (PANA) – The African Union (AU) and the United Nations are proposing 44 per cent and 30 per cent reductions in their troop and police presence in Sudan's Darfur region as a step towards an eventual exit, a senior UN peacekeeping official has told the Security Council. Full text...

  • Italy: AU, FAO seek to boost joint efforts to end hunger in Africa
    14 june 2017 13:51:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will seek to step up joint efforts to end hunger and sustain peace in the continent say FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Chairperson tours Sahel to support regional security deal
    05 june 2017 09:50:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA ) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, is currently on a weeklong five-nation tour in the Sahel Saharan region to reaffirm the AU’s commitment and solidarity with the region in its fight against terrorism and criminal networks.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU alerts member states to danger of extremism in learning institutions
    31 may 2017 17:36:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Reaffirming the need for alternative narratives and effective government regulation, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has urged member countries to remain vigilant with a view to preventing infiltration of their learning institutions by terrorist and violent extremist groups. Full text...

  • Austria: IAEA set to boost ongoing contribution to sustainable development
    31 may 2017 05:12:44
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Nuclear science and technology are essential in helping countries address the twin challenges of ensuring reliable energy supplies while curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the head of the United Nations atomic agency told some 1200 participants at the opening of an international conference in Vienna. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls for enhanced global cooperation to combat violent extremism
    27 may 2017 10:21:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Continued terrorist attacks on the African continent are a reminder of the seriousness that terrorism continues to pose to peace, security, stability and development, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission condemns terrorist attack on Christians in Egypt
    27 may 2017 09:44:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has condemned "in the strongest terms" the attack by unidentified gunmen that killed at least 29 Coptic Christians and wounded more than 25 others in Egypt's Minya province on Friday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Africa marks 54 years of continental unity
    25 may 2017 16:53:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - After 54 years, the building of the unity of the African peoples is still a major task while the challenges, which Africans must take up collectively, keep increasing, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said Thursday as the continent marked the 54th Africa Day. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission congratulates Tedros as new WHO chief
    24 may 2017 06:44:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat has congratulated Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia on his election as the first ever Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) from the African region. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID assists demobilization of 500 ex-combatants in West Darfur
    23 may 2017 17:51:52
    El Geneina, Sudan (PANA) - With support from the African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID), about 500 ex-combatants, including 30 women, are going through the process of demobilization and return to civilian life at a camp in El Geneina, West Darfur. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union condemns terrorist attack at UK's Manchester Arena
    23 may 2017 17:31:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has condemned "in the strongest terms the horrific terrorist bomb attack at a concert attended by thousands of young fans in the northern English city of Manchester", that lead to at least 22 deaths and left dozens of others injured on Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID urges restraint amid renewed clashes in Darfur region
    22 may 2017 18:19:27
    El Fasher, Sudan (PANA) - Fighting has been taking place in the past few days between Government of Sudan forces and rebel movements in the restive North and East Darfur region of western Sudan, with reports of multiple casualties, according to the international peacekeeping force in the region.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU PSC reaffirms commitment to eliminate LRA
    19 may 2017 12:03:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Withdrawal of the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and the U.S. Special Forces from the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA), has prompted the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) to renew the mandate of the RCI for 12 months until 22 May 2018. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe donates 300 cattle to AUF for auctioning
    17 may 2017 13:49:14
    Gweru, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The African Union Foundation (AUF), the institution charged with promoting domestic resource mobilisation for African development, has received a donation of 300 heads of cattle from President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, according to the media channel of the continental body. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu off to Equatorial Guinea for AU committee of 10 summit
    16 may 2017 17:54:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday left for Equatorial Guinea to attend a two-day Summit of Heads of State of the African Union Committee of Ten (C10) on the reforms of the United Nations (UN) Security Council. Full text...

  • Sudan: AU PSC delegation arrives in Sudan's Darfur region
    16 may 2017 17:06:48
    El Fasher, Sudan (PANA) - A delegation of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) touring the restive Darfur region in western Sudan on Tuesday started its field mission with what it described as "fruitful meeting" with the Wali (administrator) of North Darfur State. Full text...

  • UK: AU boss Mahamat drums up global support for Somalia
    12 may 2017 10:27:27
    London, UK (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has underlined the need to redouble international efforts in support of Somalia to allow the administration of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, to overcome the many challenges facing the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Trump administration moves to cement AU-US ties
    11 may 2017 19:46:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reassured the African Union the relations with Washington remain of strategic importance under President Donald Trump, in a move aimed at cooling fears the new administration was out to sideline African countries in its foreign policy.Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum, Juba delegations to meet in Addis next week
    08 may 2017 19:25:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) has invited Sudan and South Sudan to an extraordinary meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, next weekend to resume discussions on pending issues and the implementation of the 2012 cooperation agreement between the two countries. Full text...

  • Kenya; Kagame, African FMs discuss AU reforms in Kigali
    08 may 2017 15:28:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, his AU reform advisory team and close to 40 African foreign ministers met Sunday in Kigali, Rwanda, to discuss the implementation of the AU reforms adopted in January 2017. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Somalia government, AUC seek international support to crush Al Shaabab
    04 may 2017 17:09:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union Commission (AUC) on Thursday expressed concern that the militant Al Shaabab group remains a serious threat to the Horn of Africa country and the region. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU hails final verdict on Hissène Habré by African Extraordinary Chambers
    02 may 2017 19:28:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has welcomed the outcome of the appeal case of former Chadian president Hissène Habré, filed at the African Extraordinary Chambers (AEC), in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls on South Sudan warring parties to desist from escalating violence
    30 april 2017 14:32:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Expressing deep concern over the increasing military clashes in South Sudan, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has called on the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition and other armed movements in the country to immediately desist from fighting. Full text...

  • US: UN, AU sign new partnership framework to better respond to evolving challenges
    20 april 2017 06:55:37
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Chairperson of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Wednesday in New York signed a new landmark framework to strengthen partnership between the two organizations on peace and security pillars and better respond to the changing dimensions and evolving challenges of peace operations. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU commemorates Rwanda genocide
    07 april 2017 17:54:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Diplomats and representatives of the international community on Friday gathered at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 23rd Commemoration of the Rwanda Genocide and paid tribute to the 800,000 lives lost during the 100 days of killing. Full text...

  • US: UN calls for recognising rights of people with autism to make their own decision
    01 april 2017 07:14:42
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of World Autism Awareness Day, the United Nations on Friday called for recognising the rights of people with the spectrum neurological condition, which is believed to affect 70 million people around the world. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari deploys 4 of Nigeria's new Ambassadors to UN, AU
    31 march 2017 13:37:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the immediate deployment of four of the newly-appointed Ambassadors to the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Violence, lack of commitment to peace in DRC keep PSC anxious
    31 march 2017 10:47:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Emphasising the importance of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) in stabilising the country, protecting civilians and promoting observance of human rights, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has affirmed its desire for the renewal of MONUSCO’s mandate by the UN Security Council. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Financial hurdles cripple AU policy on post-conflict reconstruction
    29 march 2017 18:34:25
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Acute financial challenges continue to cripple efforts of the African Union to implement its Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) Policy, though the AU Commission has developed operational guidelines for adoption of the policy at regional and national levels. Full text...

  • Botswana: Australian firm gets coal mining licence in Botswana
    29 march 2017 08:47:22
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Australian mining company African Energy Resources (AFR) has been granted a coal mining licence in Botswana. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU, partners consider exit strategy for peacekeeping force in Somalia
    23 march 2017 19:56:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An exit strategy and transition plan for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) with a clear roadmap should be put in place for the Somali security forces to assume their primary responsibility, a high-level consultation on the future of the AU peacekeeping force agreed on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Mahamat calls for greater solidarity in addressing humanitarian crisis in Somalia
    18 march 2017 20:22:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has travelled to Mogadishu, Somalia, on his first official visit, four days after taking up his new position as the chief executive of the Commission. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN official addresses AU PSC on alarming situation in South Sudan
    17 march 2017 19:12:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - To pull South Sudan back from the abyss and from a growing famine, the international community must collectively focus energies on achieving an immediate cessation of hostilities, among other objectives outlined on Friday by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU envoy Konare urges end to South Sudanese political violence
    15 march 2017 18:41:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) Special Envoy for South Sudan, Alpha Konare, has urged the South Sudanese leaders to stop the use of violence as a means of resolving the political crisis in their country and called for the start of “genuine dialogue” to restore democracy and rule of law. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Chairmanship of the AU Commission to change hands on Tuesday
    11 march 2017 11:22:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The outgoing Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the first-ever woman to head the continental organisation, will officially handover power to Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Tuesday, 14 March, 2017. Full text...

  • Tanzania: African human rights court achieves gender parity
    06 march 2017 19:45:14
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) - Two new judges were sworn in on Monday at the Arusha, Tanzania-based African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, bringing the number of female judges to five at the continental court. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU PSC urges African intelligence agencies to be innovative
    27 february 2017 17:04:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - All national intelligence and security services of the African Union (AU) member States should be innovative and adapt to the contemporary security threats by using, among others, advanced information and communication technologies (ICTs), the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU has stated. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria wants AU to intervene urgently over xenophobic attack on Nigerians, others in South Africa
    20 february 2017 13:50:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Monday called on the African Union (AU) to intervene urgently in the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU, partners urge DRC stakeholders to conclude talks 'in good faith'
    16 february 2017 15:40:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) said Thursday they were increasingly concerned by the continuing impasse in the dialogue among the political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) related to the implementation modalities of the 31 December political agreement. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Australia offers 'Aid for Trade Training' to SMEs in Indian Ocean States  
    15 february 2017 11:19:54
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius and Australia on Tuesday launched a specialised “Aid for Trade Training Course” for SMEs in Indian Ocean States designed to target the capacity building and human resource development for operators in Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles and Comoros. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chairperson congratulates Somali President Mohamed
    09 february 2017 11:31:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has congratulated Somalia's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and commended former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for his service to the nation and for gracefully accepting Wednesday's election outcome. Full text...

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