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Addis Abeba 2007
  • SADC to field one candidate for AU Commission chairmanship race
    30 january 2007 21:32:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – The 14 countries of- the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) are, at the next African Union Summit, to vote as a bloc for one of their candidates to lead the African Union Commission. Full text...

  • AU summit fails to agree on an African government
    30 january 2007 21:19:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) - – The Eighth Ordinary session of the African Union (AU) closed here Tuesday with leaders failing to agree on the creation of a continental government, a proposal by Libya, according to Angolan ambassador to Ethiopia, Manual Augusto. Full text...

  • AU to focus "United States of Africa" at Accra summit
    30 january 2007 18:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – African leaders Tue-sday chose the theme, "An AU government: towards the United States of Africa", as the sole agenda item for the next African Union (AU) summit scheduled next July in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • ADB ready to fund NEPAD infrastructure projects in Africa
    30 january 2007 16:46:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has mobilised US$1. Full text...

  • Obasanjo bids farewell to AU Assembly
    30 january 2007 14:52:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa has defined an assured course to its regeneration through the implementation of its good governance code, the Peer Review Mechanism, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ban says climate change no longer a speculation
    30 january 2007 13:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has urged the international community as a whole to rise to the challenges that global warming poses and take appropriate measures. Full text...

  • UN chief hails talks on Darfur hybrid force
    30 january 2007 11:00:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Tuesday expressed optimism at the progress made in resolving the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, saying talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir had yielded good results. Full text...

  • Konare denounces attitudes of some African partners
    29 january 2007 22:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – The Chairperson of -the African Union (AU) Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare, has appealed to some international partners to change their attitude towards Africa. Full text...

  • Angola reiterates its stand to snub peace missions
    29 january 2007 21:15:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola's minister of External relations, Joao Miranda, Monday in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, reiterated his country's "principle" not to participate in international peace-keeping missions. Full text...

  • Kadhafi holds court with several African leaders in Addis Ababa
    29 january 2007 18:00:00
    Addis-Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi who is attending the Eighth Ordinary session of the African Union (AU) summit here Monday held separate discussions with Presidents Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria, John Kufuor of Ghana, Idris Deby of Chad and Yayi Boni of Benin, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Kenya's mandate at IGAD extended
    29 january 2007 17:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Kenya will continue to chair the Inter- Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) until July to facilitate the transformation of an African Union peacekeeping operation into a UN mission, an IGAD Summit on the sidelines of the ingoing African Union meeting here, has concluded. Full text...

  • Aid agencies warn of escalating violence in Darfur
    29 january 2007 16:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Aid agencies Monday warned the enormous humanitarian response in Sudan's restive Darfur region would soon be paralysed unless African and world leaders attending the African Union (AU) summit here take action to end rising violence against civilians and aid workers. Full text...

  • Ghana's Kufuor takes over from Sassou Nguesso as AU head
    29 january 2007 15:57:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – Ghanaian President,- John Kufuor, was Monday made here "by consensus" the new chairman of the African Union (AU), following a closed door meeting by the Pan-African organisation's summit, according to a top AU official. Full text...

  • Italian Premier Prodi accents integration at AU Summit
    29 january 2007 13:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The changing international environment makes integration, in Africa as in Europe, increasingly less a matter of choice and increasingly more a necessity, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi told African leaders meeting here Monday. Full text...

  • UN chief unveils African Action Plan
    29 january 2007 11:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Monday launched his Africa Action Plan before leaders gathered for the annual Summit of the African Union (AU), announcing the formation of a working group on Africa. Full text...

  • Desmond Tutu wants AU Summit to act on Darfur crisis
    29 january 2007 11:44:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu has appealed to African leaders attending the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to subject the Sudanese government to tough and effective sanctions. Full text...

  • African Court of Justice suffers more constraints
    29 january 2007 11:36:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) - – The budget proposal for the African Court of Justice, that was created last July in Gambia was rejected by the Permanent Representatives Committee of the Panafrican organisation, a diplomat said Sunday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Konare calls for speedy African integration
    29 january 2007 10:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- If Africa fails to speed up integration it runs the risk of disintegration, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare warned here Monday. Full text...

  • AU and States urged to prioritise gender issues
    29 january 2007 10:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – The campaign for eq-uality between men and women is yet to have a concrete impact in rural areas of Africa, says Bineta Diop, chairperson of "Femmes Africa Solidarité" (FAS). Full text...

  • FIFA's Blatter to address AU Summit
    28 january 2007 18:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter is expected on Monday to address the 8th African Union (AU) Summit of heads of state in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the hosting of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, media reports said here Sunday. Full text...

  • African leaders postpone decision on NEPAD/AU integration
    28 january 2007 17:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- After holding talks here African leaders have shifted decision on integration of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) into the African Union (AU), but succeeded in electing Ethiopian Premier Meles Zenawi as NEPAD chairman. Full text...

  • Aid agencies pressure AU leaders over Darfur
    28 january 2007 13:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- International aid agencies Sunday once again called on the African Union Summit due begin here Monday to tackle the conflict in Darfur, and warned that the humanitarian situation in the region was worsening, blocking thousands of needy civilians from accessing aid. Full text...

  • Obasanjo believes Africa can overcome setbacks
    28 january 2007 12:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Sunday emphasised that African countries can overcome population explosion, land reforms, financial management and ethnicity if the continent was united in its approach and resolve in tackling them. Full text...

  • AU elects new Security Council members
    28 january 2007 10:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has elected Algeria, Angola, Ethiopia, Gabon and Nigeria as the new members of its Peace and Security Council, with a strong mandate to bolster efforts to stem conflicts and shore up reconciliation. Full text...

  • IGAD ministers meet over Somalia
    27 january 2007 20:00:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – The Inter--Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Executive Secretary Dr Atallah Bashir Saturday met foreign ministers from the seven member countries of the regional body to discuss the security situation in Somalia. Full text...

  • AU to dedicate 2007 to Africa's science geniuses
    27 january 2007 18:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU)'s Executive Council holding its 10th Ordinary Session here was expected Saturday to adopt a recommendation on declaring 2007 as the launching year of building constituencies and champions for science, technology and innovation in Africa. Full text...

  • AU prepares to set up own financial institutions
    27 january 2007 14:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Operationalisation of the proposed financial institutions of the African Union (AU) is now the main focus of the AU Commission, according to an official report presented to the organisation's Executive Council (a gathering of foreign ministers) meeting here Saturday. Full text...

  • Sub-committee reviews AU-Debtor countries' list
    27 january 2007 12:54:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union's sub-committee on contributions has finally removed the names of some countries from the list of those proposed for sanction, reducing the number from 18 to 11, according to the report adopted at the end of the meeting of the commission. Full text...

  • Namibia's Pohamba to attend AU summit
    26 january 2007 15:29:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- President Hifikepunye Pohamba leaves here Sunday for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the 8th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State of the African Union (AU), the information ministry announced Friday. Full text...

  • Civil society claims its place at AU summits
    26 january 2007 15:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Could African leaders have blundered in setting a twice-yearly timetable for their ordinary summits without consideration of the time-consuming preparations and the heavy costs involved? A new study on the African Union (AU) summits suggests that the decision should be given another thought in view of the resources dedicated to the gatherings of Africa's powerful persons while their outcomes have shown a minimal impact on the rest of society. Full text...

  • African diplomatic passport expected in May
    25 january 2007 22:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An African diplomatic passport under the auspices of the African Union is expected to go into operation on 25 May 2007 as scheduled, AU Commission Chairperson, Alpha Oumar Konaré told the Executive Council here Thursday. Full text...

  • Alpha Konaré to quit after one term at AU Commission
    25 january 2007 21:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Alpha Oumar Konaré, announced Thursday, at the opening of the tenth session of the Executive Committee of the Panfrican Organisation, that he will pass on the baton to his successor on 16 September, thus confirming his decision not to seek a second term of office. Full text...

  • Konare seeks "non-indifference" principle in Africa
    25 january 2007 21:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commi-ssion Chairman, Alpha Oumar Konare, on Thursday pleaded for the implementation of the "non-indifference" principle in Africa as he addressed the opening ceremony of the 10th ordinary session of the executive council of the Pan-African organisation. Full text...

  • Scientists decry low research use in Africa
    25 january 2007 17:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African scientists participating in the Science and Technology Exhibition that started here Thursday have decried the slow progress made by African countries in the use of research and innovative technologies. Full text...

  • UN unveils 10-year plan for Africa
    25 january 2007 15:57:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The United Nations is working on the implementation of a 10-year plan to accelerate economic, scientific and post-conflict reconstruction in Africa, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) executive secretary Abdoulie Janneh said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Health top on AU summit agenda
    25 january 2007 09:01:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) - – Health will be given priority attention at the forthcoming African Union (AU) summit here with the 8th meeting of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), already taking place alongside the summit. Full text...

  • AU, civil society assess gender equality gains
    24 january 2007 21:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 9th preliminary meeting on Africa's gender integration programme opened here Wednesday with civil society organisations and African Union (AU) officials reaffirming their resolve to achieve parity for both sexes. Full text...

  • AU eyes soccer in post-conflict reconciliation
    24 january 2007 17:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) will use the launch of the International Year of African Football to promote post- conflict reconstruction and peace-building in countries ravaged by war or emerging from civil conflict, a senior official said here. Full text...

  • IGAD to meet in Addis Ababa over Somalia
    24 january 2007 17:29:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – Defence ministers a-nd army chiefs of staff of member states of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) meet here 26-27 January, on the sidelines of the 8th African Union (AU) Summit, to discuss the Somali crisis. Full text...

  • Pan African Parliament faces budget hitch
    24 january 2007 17:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Pan African Parliament is encountering hurdles over its annual budget due to contradictions in its regulatory procedure and those governing other African Union (AU) institutions. Full text...

  • NEPAD's integration into AU Commission still on the cards
    24 january 2007 17:09:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – The 16th summit on -the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) slated for 27 January in Addis Ababa will once again tackle the issue of integrating the programme into the African Union Commission. Full text...

  • African leaders to restate support to 2010 World Cup
    24 january 2007 16:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African leaders will make a solid commitment to holding the first-ever World Cup on the continent in 2010 in South Africa when they convene here 29 January for their annual summit, a top African Union (AU) official said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU debtor-nations increase to 18
    24 january 2007 09:57:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The number of African Union (AU) member countries facing sanction for unpaid financial contributions has risen from 12 in July 2006 to 18 this month, according to sources close to the contributions sub-committee. Full text...

  • African envoys study $124m AU budget
    23 january 2007 16:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), comprising African ambassadors to the African Union (AU), Tuesday began deliberations on the budget of the continental body ahead of a heads of state summit convening here 29-30 January. Full text...

  • Gender activists seek action not pledges at AU Summit
    23 january 2007 14:57:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Once again gender activists are hard on the heels of African leaders to discuss the implementation of their 2004 Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality. Full text...

  • AU denounces "repression" in Guinea, urges dialogue
    23 january 2007 12:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Alpha Oumar Konaré, has condemned the "repression of demonstrators," which has resulted in the death of a number of people and arrest of others in Guinea. Full text...



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