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29th African Union Summit,
27th June to 4th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 'At least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled in 2016' - UN report says
    14 june 2018 05:53:03
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - According to the first ever Global Study on Smuggling of Migrants, released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday, at least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled during the course of 2016. Full text...

  • AUC Chairpersons hails Spain for harbouring over 600 stranded migrants
    12 june 2018 18:55:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday commended the Government of Spain for giving safe harbour to over 600 migrants, including women and children, who were stranded in the Mediterranean Sea since Sunday. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Senegal ends pre-World Cup campaign on high, beat South Korea 2-0
    12 june 2018 05:31:59
    Grödig, Austria (PANA) - Senegal, one of the five African nations going to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, ended their preparation for football's biggest festival on a happy note, defeating South Korea on Monday in their fifth and final pre-World Cup friendly. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Senegal take on South Korea in final pre-World Cup friendly
    11 june 2018 04:52:59
    Grödig, Austria (PANA) - Senegal, one of the five African nations going to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, meet South Korea on Monday in their fifth and final pre-World Cup friendly.Full text...

  • International partners welcome results of Somalia’s National Security Council meeting
    07 june 2018 19:42:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – International partners supporting Somalia on Thursday welcomed what they described as “the significant outcomes” of the June 3-5 National Security Council meeting in Baidoa, capital of South West State. Full text...

  • Weeding corruption out of sport an investment in development - UN
    06 june 2018 03:42:35
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Sports scandals, including allegations of endemic corruption and the involvement of organised crime, threaten to undermine the sector’s potential to contribute to peace and global development, a senior United Nations official said on Tuesday Full text...

  • President Kabila sends special message to AU Commission on situation in DRC
    04 june 2018 16:38:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are determined to successfully carry out the ongoing process, in conformity with the schedule drawn up by the National Independent Electoral Commission in order to hold elections at the end of the year, Foreign Affairs Minister Leonard She Okitundu has said. Full text...

  • Africa CDC deploys volunteers to tackle Ebola Virus Disease in DR Congo
    01 june 2018 18:29:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - After recruiting and training 18 Congolese volunteers, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has deployed them to Equator province to support the response to Ebola Virus Disease in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Rwanda ratifies AfCFTA, Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and the African Passport
    27 may 2018 06:25:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Rwanda on Saturday deposited its ratification instruments of the Agreement on the Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and the African Passport, with the African Union Commission (AUC). Full text...

  • AU-UN mission in Darfur boosts vigilance in wake of attacks on camps for displaced
    25 may 2018 15:57:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Following a series of armed attacks on camps hosting displaced Sudanese in central Darfur, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission there has urged all parties to respect humanitarian space which it says should be free of weapons, threats, and violence. Full text...

  • Mauritius calls for better Africa for future generations
    25 may 2018 06:00:40
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius firmly believes that a strong, secure, united and economically independent and prosperous Africa is central to the island’s own economic progress and social development. Full text...

  • Sahel, Horn of Africa attend workshop on peace-building
    23 may 2018 11:55:09
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) - The Consultation and Experience Sharing Workshop between the Sahel and the Horn of Africa on Peace-building and the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education kicked off on Tuesday at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Potential unprecedented levels of heroin as opium production hits record high
    22 may 2018 06:58:14
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record-high last year, leading to unprecedented levels of potential heroin on the world market, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a new report released on Monday. Full text...

  • Liberia needs support of African, international partners to build lasting peace
    17 may 2018 11:17:37
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The withdrawal of United Nations peacekeepers soon after a successful election signals that Liberia is well on the road to recovery, but the country’s transition from war to sustained peace is far from over, the Liberia Peacebuilding Office, the African Union and the Institute for Security Studies said on Thursday in a joint press release. Full text...

  • Climate change: An 'existential threat' to humanity, UN chief warns
    16 may 2018 04:13:41
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - None of the world’s challenges loom as large as climate change, the United Nations chief told a major climate action summit on Tuesday, reiterating his belief that global warming poses an “existential threat” to humanity. Full text...

  • ‘Much work to do and no time to waste’ in cybercrime fight - Guterres
    15 may 2018 05:26:22
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - The UN body focusing on crime prevention and criminal justice, opened its annual session in Vienna on Monday, calling for a more integrated global response to continuing and emerging challenges, including cybercrime. Full text...

  • Iran deal represents ‘significant verification gain’– UN atomic energy chief
    09 may 2018 19:47:07
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Speaking the day after the United States withdrew from an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency made it clear that Iran has consistently stuck to its commitments.Full text...

  • AMISOM trains Somali Police officers on communication skills
    08 may 2018 19:37:28
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) –Somali Police officers should have skills, knowledge and capabilities to make people know what the force stands for and they can do this by speaking out, Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo has said. Full text...

  • AU condemns terrorist attack on Libya National Election Commission in Tripoli
    04 may 2018 16:32:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahmat has strongly condemned the terrorist attack against the Libya National Election Commission in Tripoli on 2 May 2018, in which over 14 people were killed and many more wounded, including the staff of the Election Commission and police officers. Full text...

  • Mauritania hosts mid-year ordinary session of AU leaders
    03 may 2018 18:43:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) will take place from 25 June to 2 July 2018 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, the AU Commission announced on Thursday.Full text...

  • Somalia’s electoral officials say ‘set to redraw electoral boundaries’
    26 april 2018 14:40:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia’s National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) officials are now set to embark on the electoral boundary delimitation exercise following intensive three-day training in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Full text...

  • UN Human Rights chief urges governments to uphold rights of peoples
    24 april 2018 18:02:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Short-sighted nationalism, isolationism and the rapid rise of xenophobia are dangerously eroding States' capacity to respond effectively to the difficulties they face, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein stated here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2nd Women Leaders' Forum for Africa's Transformation begins in Ethiopia
    24 april 2018 16:01:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The second Women Leaders' forum for Africa's Transformation began on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme “Women Working Together for the Africa We Want: From Commitment to Action”. Full text...

  • ‘Lack of unity of purpose keeps Africa under constant terror threats’ – Dramani Mahama
    21 april 2018 13:52:27
    Bahir Dar, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries need integrated efforts to tackle their challenges on issues of peace and security, former president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has said at a panel discussion organized under the 7th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa.Full text...

  • UN Human Rights Chief visits Ethiopia, AU Commission
    21 april 2018 11:40:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Sunday begins his second official visit to Ethiopia, at the invitation of the Government, his office announced Saturday from Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Drones ready to join fight against deadly diseases – UN agency
    20 april 2018 06:12:15
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Robotics may soon be a critical ally in the fight against disease-spreading bugs, a United Nations agency said on Thursday after a successful test releasing sterile mosquitos from aerial drones as part of efforts to suppress the insect that spreads Zika and other diseases. Full text...

  • Another Rwandan female volleyball player vanishes at Commonwealth Games in Australia
    18 april 2018 15:19:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The second member of the Rwandan delegation at just-concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, Denise Mutatsimpundu, has gone missing from her accommodation at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, just few hours before the team was due to return home, a sport official confirmed Wednesday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • AU chief urges UN Security Council to find political solution to Syrian conflict
    15 april 2018 13:39:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Underlining its concern about the ongoing developments regarding Syria, the African Union on Sunday strongly condemned any use of chemical and other weapons prohibited under international law. Full text...

  • AMISOM deputy head urges military commanders to heed transition plan
    15 april 2018 09:48:01
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, has asked military commanders of the AU peacekeeping force in the Horn of Africa country to implement the transition plan as per dictates of the United Nations Security Council resolution on gradual reduction of troops serving in Somalia. Full text...

  • One Rwandan Para-Powerlifting coach goes missing at Commonwealth Games in Australia
    13 april 2018 15:04:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwanda on Friday confirmed that the head coach of the nation's Para-Powerlifting team, Jean Paul Nsengiyumva, has goe missing while attending the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Full text...

  • UN launches global network of judges to strengthen integrity in courts
    09 april 2018 20:40:29
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - The United Nations on Monday launched an initiative to connect judges around the world so that they can learn from each other about ways to strengthen integrity in courts, such as by preventing corruption and undue political interference into judicial appointments and decisions. Full text...

  • Togo plans ministerial meeting on Single African Air Transport Market
    04 april 2018 19:03:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé of Togo is planning to convene a ministerial meeting in Lomé, in May 2018, bringing together all key stakeholders to take forward the commitments made by African Union (AU) Member States regarding the Single African Air Transport Market. Full text...

  • AU Border Programme marks 3 crossing corridors between Sudan, South Sudan
    03 april 2018 16:36:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Border Programme (AUBP), through its technical team (AUBPTT), has completed the first phase of marking three of the ten crossing points along the corridors of the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ) between South Sudan and Sudan. Full text...

  • AU pays tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
    02 april 2018 19:28:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Expressing “great shock and profound sadness” following the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, described her as “an icon of the liberation struggle against Apartheid”. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson congratulates Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister
    02 april 2018 19:25:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Monday congratulated Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali on his confirmation as the new Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, following the resignation of his predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn. Full text...

  • AU, UN Special Envoys assess funding for AMISOM
    02 april 2018 12:46:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Envoys of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have emphasized a gradual shift of security responsibilities from the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia to the Somali security forces, without retrogressing the progress already made in securing the country. Full text...

  • AMISOM troops repulse Al Shabaab terrorists from three AU bases
    02 april 2018 07:59:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, has lauded the AU troops in Lower Shabelle region for the gallantry they displayed, during a confrontation with Al-Shabaab earlier on Monday. Full text...

  • Australian cricket coach resigns over match-fixing scandal
    29 march 2018 15:03:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The fallout from one of the biggest match-fixing scandals in recent history continues to be felt with Darren Lehmann on Thursday announcing that he is stepping down as coach of the Australian cricket team. Full text...

  • AU Commission chief meets with Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz
    27 march 2018 19:00:28
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Tuesday met with African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat at the presidential palace in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian news agency (AMP) reported. Full text...

  • Rwanda offers US$1 million support to G5 Sahel joint force
    23 march 2018 13:14:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has commended President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who is current Chairperson of the African Union, for his country’s contribution of one million US dollars in support of the operationalization of the G5 Sahel joint force. Full text...

  • Australia fuels diplomatic spat with South Africa
    22 march 2018 18:33:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A diplomatic spat between South Africa and Australia continues to grow after a senior Australian minister on Thursday refused to backtrack on his efforts to allow white South African farmers to emigrate to the island nation.Full text...

  • AU extraordinary Summit initials African free trade area deal in Kigali
    21 march 2018 14:31:44
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Africa’s embarkation on free trade and free movement promises prosperity for all Africans, as the continent is now set to prioritise the production of value-added goods and services that are “Made in Africa”, Rwandan President Paul Kagame stated on Wednesday as African leaders converged on his country’s capital to initial the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Full text...

  • President Ramaphosa leads South Africa's delegation to AU Summit
    21 march 2018 11:45:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading South Africa's delegation to the African Union’s 10th Extraordinary Summit in Kigali. Full text...

  • African business forum told AfCFTA will boost production, job creation
    20 march 2018 18:23:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will help African businesses benefit from economies of scale, and create supply chains that will allow the continent to reduce its import bills, especially for industrial inputs, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe, said here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambian President leaves for Rwanda
    20 march 2018 10:20:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Tuesday left Banjul for Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the extraordinary session of the African Union. Full text...

  • Opinion leaders see AfCFTA as game changer for Africa
    20 march 2018 08:35:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – In their bold pursuit of continental integration, African Heads of State and Government will on Wednesday converge on the Rwandan capital, Kigali, to launch the regional Free Trade Area as a new strategy for acceleration of development of their nations through commerce. Full text...

  • AUC chief urges unity of action in creation of African free trade bloc
    19 march 2018 19:41:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Member countries of the African Union (AU) must prove their ability to act as a united bloc in defending the interests of their continent, AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat told the organisation’s Executive Council meeting here on Monday to make final touches to the treaty establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Full text...

  • Africa set for industrialization, opens market of 1.2 billion people
    19 march 2018 18:17:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – African countries look forward to great opportunities to be created by the upcoming continental free trade area in advancing the political, social and economic development of Africa as an integrated unit, a senior official of the African Union (AU) said here on Monday. Full text...

  • Int'l community urges Somalis to respect constitutional process in resolving differences
    17 march 2018 10:52:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States were extremely concerned by recent political and security developments in Mogadishu, according to a joint statement they issued here Saturday. Full text...

  • AUC Chief in Rwanda for Extraordinary Summit on the Free Trade Area
    17 march 2018 07:00:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, arrived in Kigali, Rwanda, on Friday to take part in the African Union Extraordinary Summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area, scheduled to hold on 21 March 2018. Full text...

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