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Addis-Abeba 2011
  • AU Summit: Equatorial Guinea to host next AU summit
    31 january 2011 20:39:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The next African Union summit will be held from 29 to 30 June in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, African heads of State and government said on Monday in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • AU to ask Senegal to extradite former Chadian president Habré
    31 january 2011 20:31:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African heads of State and government on Monday decided to ask Senegal to extradite the former Chadian president Hissène Habré to N’Djamena if the Senegalese authorities do not set up a special court to begin his trial in four months. Full text...

  • AU Summit: UN chief urges end to sexual violence against women
    31 january 2011 20:29:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The international community in general and men in particular must understand that sexual violence against women is a crime and that everybody has the responsibility to fight it wherever it takes place, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said here Monday. Full text...

  • AU leaders pledge to popularise African shared values towards continental unity
    31 january 2011 20:16:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African heads of state and government have committed themselves to reinforcing a deeper understanding and popularisation of shared values among African peoples, as a means of shaping the continent's future. Full text...

  • 'EU will resume aid to Cote d'Ivoire only under Ouattara'
    31 january 2011 17:26:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The European Union (EU) will resume its aid to Cote d’Ivoire only when Alassane Ouattara fully assumes presidency, the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, said Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Full text...

  • EU to reinforce aid to Sahel to counter terrorist threat
    31 january 2011 16:58:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) is considering reinforcing its aid to the countries of the Sahel in order to enable them reduce poverty and fight against terrorist threats, notably that of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI). Full text...

  • AU hails maturity of Tunisian people
    31 january 2011 12:55:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Though the revolution that swept long-time Tunisian leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali out of power is not on the agenda of the ongoing African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the organization has hailed the ''political maturity'' of Tunisians in the expression of their aspirations for freedom, democracy and justice.Full text...

  • Mo Ibrahim Foundation, CoDA want regional integration as priority in 2011
    31 january 2011 12:36:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Monday joined the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA) to urge leaders from the continent to make regional economic integration a priority in 2011. Full text...

  • APRM official underscores media role in governance
    31 january 2011 12:31:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As some member countries of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) get ready to embark on the second generation assessment, the chair of the peer review panel, Prof. Mohamed-Seghir Babes, has challenged the continent's media to step up their reporting on the peoples' perceptions of good and bad governance. Full text...

  • AU considers trial panel for Hissène Habré in Senegal
    30 january 2011 18:26:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The 16th African Union (AU) summit, which opened on Sunday in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, will look into a proposal to set up a special judicial chamber in Senegal to try former Chadian president Hissène Habré, according to official sources.Full text...

  • Human rights body faults choice of Nguema as AU chairman
    30 january 2011 16:43:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An African rights body Sunday expressed indignation after Equatorial Guinea President Theodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo assumed the Chairmanship of the African Union (AU) at the 16th ordinary summit of the continental organisation. Full text...

  • AU Summit: UN General Assembly president tips African leaders on development
    30 january 2011 14:41:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - It is vital for African leaders to ensure that the improvement of living conditions of the poorest populations is sustainable, current United Nations General Assembly president, Joseph Deiss, said here Sunday at the opening of the 16th ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • UN calls for better protection for African women
    30 january 2011 14:10:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Sunday called for greater protection for the African women, saying that culture and tradition should not justify the injustices made to them. Full text...

  • 'Bill Gates will not attend current AU Summit'
    30 january 2011 12:39:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Disappointed that he did not get the chance to address African leaders attending the 16th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, American businessman Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder, is staying away, PANA learnt Sunday from reliable sources in the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • AU Summit: Equatorial Guinea president assumes AU chairmanship
    30 january 2011 12:29:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Equatorial Guinea President Theodor Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, on Sunday assumed chairmanship of the African Union (AU), saying in his first statement in office that the crisis of values of the African culture had reduced and continued to diminish the unity and solidarity of the African peoples. Full text...

  • Sarkozy urges more UN Security Council seats for Africa
    30 january 2011 10:54:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - French President Nicholas Sarkozy, on Sunday called for the completion of the stalled UN reforms to give Africa more seats on the UN Security Council while seeking Africa’s support to help France successfully create a global kitty for financing development.Full text...

  • AU Summit opens in Addis Ababa
    30 january 2011 07:51:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 16th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit opened here Sunday, with a closed-door session preceding the official opening ceremony, PANA reported from the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: UN to demonstrate in Addis Ababa reality of Ouattara's victory
    29 january 2011 18:40:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The representative of the UN Secretary General for Cote d’Ivoire, Young Ji Choi, arrived in Addis Ababa with the results of the second round of the Ivorian presidential election to prove to the heads of state and government of the member countries of the African Union (AU) that the vote was well won by Alassane Ouattara, a reliable source told PANA, here. Full text...

  • AU in search of consensus on Ivorian crisis
    29 january 2011 14:17:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU), on the eve of the opening of its 16th summit Saturday, went in search of consensual position on the Ivorian post-electoral conflict. Full text...

  • AU urged to implement monitoring mechanism
    29 january 2011 12:24:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has been charged to set up a mechanism to monitor the decisions taken by its various authorities to ensure implementation, Désiré Assogbavi, an official of Oxfam NGO said Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • AU Summit: Compaoré presents report on Cote d'Ivoire to AU
    28 january 2011 20:00:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopie (PANA) – The president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, on Friday presented his report on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire to the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Odinga urges AU Summit to push for direct talks in Cote d’Ivoire
    28 january 2011 17:20:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) envoy Raila Odinga has urged African leaders to strongly push for face-to-face talks between the two claimants to the Ivorian presidency, Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara. Full text...

  • AU Summit: Only 10% of AU decisions are applied by member states
    28 january 2011 15:53:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Nearly 10 per cent of the measures taken by the different authorities of the African Union (AU) are actually applied by member states, according to a report received Friday by PANA here, before the 16th summit of the pan-African organisation. Full text...

  • AU Summit: Gabon's self-proclaimed govt sends delegate to summit
    28 january 2011 15:42:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A delegate of Gabon's self-proclaimed government arrived here Friday to seek support of the African Union to rid his country of what he described as "the reign of an illegal power." Full text...

  • AU Summit: Agencies challenge AU on good governance in Africa
    28 january 2011 12:34:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - With at least 25 general elections due to be held across Africa this year, various non-governmental agencies Friday challenged the African Union (AU) to boldly stand in defence of good governance in the continent, and to translate into concrete actions key decisions on peace and security. Full text...

  • Deputy Secretary of State, Steinberg, leads US delegation to AU Summit
    28 january 2011 11:32:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - US Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg will lead the US delegation to the African Union (AU) summit opening here Sunday, the US Embassy here said Friday. Full text...

  • AU Summit: APRM leaders to name sixth eminent person
    28 january 2011 10:29:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Heads of State and Government of member countries of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) will appoint a sixth member of the Panel of Eminent Persons of this specialised organ of the African Union at the 14th summit of their forum 29 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it was officially announced Friday. Full text...

  • AU to unveil single African SIM card
    27 january 2011 19:34:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has unveiled plans for a single standardized SIM card for all African mobile phone operators in an effort to save millions of subscribers the extra cost and register the dot African domain name, senior officials said here Thursday. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council reviews outcome of ministerial meetings (News Feature)
    27 january 2011 17:48:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Executive Council of the African Union (AU), comprising the continent's foreign ministers, will, as usual, at the 16th summit, review the conclusions of ministerial meetings and other conferences held since the last summit of July 2010. Full text...

  • News feature: Whither Africa's common values?
    27 january 2011 14:29:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The freedom struggle in pre-independence Africa was fuelled by common values of the people under colonial domination to underpin Pan-Africanism that reaffirmed human dignity, irrespective of colour or creed. Full text...

  • Fresh donor pledges as African foreign ministers meet
    27 january 2011 12:28:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Foreign Ministers from Australia, Denmark, India, Japan and Austria Thursday made fresh pledges of aid and diplomatic support for Africa, as the Executive Council meeting of the African Union (AU) kicked off here.Full text...

  • ECA chief cautions on risks facing Africa's economic growth
    27 january 2011 09:20:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Despite the fairly optimistic scenario of the African economy at present, there remains serious downside risks that can undermine stability as recent events in some countries show, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Executive Secretary Abdoulaye Janneh warned here Thursday.Full text...

  • AU says no intervention in North African pro-democracy protests
    26 january 2011 17:06:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) said Wednesday it had no immediate plans to directly intervene in the gale of protests sweeping across North Africa, especially Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council session holds under the banner of shared values
    26 january 2011 12:20:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers constituting the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) will start a two-day session here Thursday to discuss what their countries consider to be common values that they could share in enhancing continental integration. Full text...

  • African women agenda not pronounced at AU Summit -- Activists
    25 january 2011 14:19:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa’s leading gender activists said here Monday that the African Union Summit on “shared values” was weak on gender issues because no particular emphasis had been put on the protection of women in conflict and the need to create an improved environment for education.Full text...

  • NEPAD, GAIN sign deal to curb malnutrition in Africa
    25 january 2011 13:59:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding they say will significantly contribute to reducing malnutrition in Africa. Full text...

  • French president to address AU summit
    25 january 2011 12:37:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - French President Nicholas Sarkozy will be the guest of honour at the 16th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), scheduled to be held here 30-31 January 2011, the AU Commission announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU proposes US$256m budget for 2011
    25 january 2011 12:33:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African heads of state and government are expected to adopt a US$256 million budget of expenditure for the African Union (AU) during 2011, it was officially disclosed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • African envoys back Nigeria's diplomatic moves on Cote d'Ivoire
    25 january 2011 11:45:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Nigeria’s bid to secure an international approval for the use of “legitimate force” to oust President Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire from power dominated debate on the sidelines of an African Union (AU) meeting underway here for the second day running. Full text...

  • AU makes no headway on alternative funding sources
    25 january 2011 10:34:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has made no headway in agreeing on alternative sources of funding to beef up assessed annual contributions from member states, according to the Secretary of the AU Commission, Jean Mfasoni. Full text...

  • AU faces funding challenge
    24 january 2011 11:04:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) faces the critical challenge of funding its projects and programmes, unless member states agree alternative sources of funding for the continental body at this week's ordinary summit here. Full text...



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