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27th Summit of the African Union in Kigali
(Rwanda) 17 to 18 July 2016
  • UN: UNHCR, AU, African host countries agree on final steps on Rwandan refugees
    30 september 2016 21:49:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and delegations from African countries as well as the African Union (AU) agreed on Friday on final steps to end the protracted Rwandan refugee situation after seven years of negotiations. Full text...

  • UN: Four international bodies unhappy with recent clashes in Kinshasa
    25 september 2016 16:47:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Union (AU), the UN, the European Union (EU) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) have expressed grave concern over the recent violent events in Kinshasa and other areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where protesters and security forces clashed, resulting in loss of many lives while dozens were injured.Full text...

  • UN: Swazi PM says global integration vital for SDGs, climate change pact
    24 september 2016 19:11:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Swaziland's Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini on Saturday said although the UN was forging the collective momentum needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tackle climate change, but there is need for more global integration, in order to transform the world and achieve the desired results. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU receives more cash to bolster Somali peacekeeping
    23 september 2016 15:59:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has received nearly half of the 360 million Euros it expects from the European Union (EU) to finance the peace enforcement operation in Somalia, a senior AU official said Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU approves election observer mission to Cape Verde
    23 september 2016 15:40:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has formally dispatched a short-term election observer mission to Praia, Cape Verde, to monitor the country's Presidential elections slated for 2 October, the AU Commission said Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Morocco formally requests to rejoin AU
    23 september 2016 14:43:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Kingdom of Morocco has officially submitted a request to accede to the African Union (AU) Constitutive Act, and therefore become a Member of the Union, the African Union Commission said in a statement Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Africa marks International Peace Day
    21 september 2016 11:02:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - All citizens of the African Union (AU) member states should rally to the core of “Silencing the Guns” campaign in Africa by 2020, AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said on Wednesday in her message marking International Peace Day.Full text...

  • UN: Obama tasks world leaders on global integration
    20 september 2016 20:36:44
    New York, US (PANA) - In his final address to the UN General Assembly as US President, Barack Obama on Tuesday appealed for global integration in the face of religious fundamentalism, the politics of ethnicity, aggressive nationalism and crude populism. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU appeals for restraint in DRC capital
    20 september 2016 19:27:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamani Zuma on Tuesday deplored "the serious excesses that occurred during the demonstrations organized by some members of the opposition" in Kinshasa, capital of DR Congo. Full text...

  • Somalia: Intl community calls for speedy, transparent, credible electoral process in Somalia
    18 september 2016 18:28:06
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The international community has welcomed the progress made in clarifying the electoral model for Somalia, taking note of the details set out in the National Leadership Forum (NLF) communiqué and called for the speedy implementation of a transparent and credible process.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African finance ministers work on African Union import tax plan
    16 september 2016 19:08:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A select committee of 10 ministers of finance have ended discussion on the implementation of a new African Union (AU) Summit proposal to apply a nominal levy of 0.2% on selected imports into Africa in order to raise funds for the continental body, the AU said Friday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU official says tense, unpredictable situation persists in Darfur
    15 september 2016 13:26:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The security situation in the restive region of Darfur in western Sudan remains "tense and unpredictable", a senior official of the African Union (AU) said here Thursday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU signs pact to champion rights of vulnerable population
    14 september 2016 17:09:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union Commission (AUC) and HelpAge International have signed a memorandum of understanding to work towards improving the welfare of older people and the ageing population in Africa, the Commission announced Wednesday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: PSC satisfied with court appeal by Gabonese presidential candidates
    14 september 2016 12:14:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) considers acceptable the appeal lodged with the Constitutional Court of Gabon by candidates to the 27 August 2016 Presidential Election, according to a statement issued here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU reiterates call to UN Security Council to lift arms embargo on Somalia
    09 september 2016 09:32:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - While pondering the exit strategy for the African peacekeeping force in Somalia, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has reiterated its call to the UN Security Council to consider lifting the arms embargo imposed on Somalia as contained in UNSC resolution 2244 (2015).Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU says conflict mediation efforts face daunting challenges
    06 september 2016 19:27:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The range of conflicts that the African Union (AU) has to mediate and resolve have not only persisted but have grown in complexity, the organization's Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: African Union deserves visionary, dynamic leadership (By Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    06 september 2016 11:33:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - These are not good times for Africa and the African Union (AU), its flagship political organization, which many expect to provide continental leadership. The AU has just launched a fresh process to fill the vacant positions of its Chairperson, Deputy and eight Commissioners in January 2017 following the stalemated leadership election at its 27th Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, last July. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls for resumption of talks on Western Sahara referendum
    05 september 2016 17:55:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday urged Morocco and the Polisario Front "to create the necessary environment for the resumption of talks and the early holding of the self-determination referendum for the Saharawi people."Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Chair reaffirms readiness to resolve post-election crisis in Gabon
    05 september 2016 16:22:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chair of the African Union, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno on Monday reaffirmed the readiness of the AU to assist the parties in Gabon in finding a rapid settlement to the post-election situation prevailing in the West-Central African country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Libyans look to AU-led national dialogue to crush spoilers of peace
    29 august 2016 16:01:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Though the African Union (AU) announced at its recent summit in Kigali, Rwanda, that it intended to initiate a national dialogue on reconciliation among Libyan stakeholders in order to address the security crisis that erupted in 2011, it is still unclear how this dialogue will be put in place. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU panel worried about impasse on Sudanese peace Roadmap Agreement
    17 august 2016 11:15:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Expressing extreme concern about the failure of the Sudanese parties to reach consensus on implementation of the Roadmap Agreement for peace in their country, the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on the Cessation of Hostilities Negotiations (AUHIP) said on Wednesday that “the Parties have allowed a real and critical opportunity to slip out of their hands”.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union re-opens race for next AU Chairperson
    12 august 2016 13:28:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has re-opened the race for the next Chairperson of the Commission, the deputy Chairperson and the Commissioners ahead of the polls in January 2017, the AU Commission announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: PSC urges mutual trust among parties seeking peace in South Sudan
    11 august 2016 18:42:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has once again called upon parties to the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) to embrace mutual trust, put the interest of their country and its people above everything else and to scrupulously implement the Peace Agreement.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU welcomes signature of Sudan’s roadmap deal by opposition parties
    10 august 2016 15:09:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has welcomed the signing of the Roadmap Agreement by opposing parties in Sudan which aims to achieve a permanent end to conflicts in the country.Full text...

  • 2016 Olympic Games: AU greets African teams competing in Rio Olympics
    04 august 2016 11:41:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Expressing optimism that all African teams taking part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will return with as many medals as possible, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has encouraged competitors to display best sportsmanship. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana FM renews interest in AUC chairperson position
    02 august 2016 21:30:48
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has renewed her aspiration for the Africa Union Commission (AUC) chairperson post, after failing to clinch the position in July during the last AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU, EU sign deal to strengthen war against Boko Haram
    01 august 2016 15:19:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The European Commission and the African Union Commission on Monday signed an agreement on a 50 million-euro support from the European Union’s African Peace Facility to the Lake Chad Basin Commission Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in its fight against Boko Haram, as mandated by the AU Peace and Security Council. Full text...

  • Somali: AMISOM condemns terror attack in Mogadishu
    26 july 2016 18:24:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The African Union Mission in Somalia has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that occurred early Tuesday near the Mogadishu International Airport (MIA). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Australian parliamentary delegation visits Rwanda
    25 july 2016 13:45:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An Australian parliamentary delegation, led by Bruce Norman Atkinson, President of the Legislative Council in Victoria state, is visiting Rwanda to strengthen and expand bilateral ties and cooperation between the two countries, an official source said on Monday in Kigali.Full text...

  • AU Summit: African First Ladies campaign against HIV/AIDS, maternal, child mortality
    18 july 2016 18:37:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The general assembly of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) took place Monday in Kigali, Rwanda, reaffirming their commitment to advocate for access and investments in life saving vaccines for Africa’s mothers, newborns, and adolescents. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Morocco seeks readmission to AU
    18 july 2016 17:03:23
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Leaders of the African Union (AU) ended their 27th Assembly on Monday in Kigali, Rwanda, welcoming Morocco to rejoin the continental body it exited in 1984 after the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU) recognised the independence of Western Sahara.Full text...

  • UN: Ban meets with African leaders on situation in South Sudan
    15 july 2016 22:53:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday met with several African leaders to discuss the situation in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condemns terrorist attack in Nice, France
    15 july 2016 16:50:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Calling for enhanced international cooperation in the fight against international terrorism, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has strongly condemned the horrific terror attack which claimed over 80 lives early Friday in Nice, France. Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN chief to attend African Union summit in Kigali
    14 july 2016 19:39:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is due in Kigali, Rwanda, on Friday to attend the 27th Ordinary Assembly of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government, it was officially confirmed here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: AU Comission chairperson urges solidarity, Pan Africanism
    10 july 2016 16:37:26
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, on Sunday stressed the need for solidarity among African countries, urging them not to be bogged down into counter-productive competition among each other.Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends mandate of AU mission in Somalia
    07 july 2016 18:39:03
    New York, US (APAN) - The UN Security Council on Thursday extended the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to 31 May 2017, and mandated the mission to reduce the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and other armed opposition groups in the country.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission chief greets Muslims on Eid Al-Fitr
    06 july 2016 17:03:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Wednesday extended warm wishes to Muslims in Africa and around the world as they celebrated Eid Al-Fitr following one month of Ramadan.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC, FAO determined to promote agricultural mechanization in Africa
    01 july 2016 13:48:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on Thursday launched a project on Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Africa, according to a report on the website of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Idriss Deby meets with Rwandan counterpart ahead of AU Summit in Kigali
    22 june 2016 15:53:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Chad President Idriss Deby Itno and current chairperson of the African Union (AU), on Wednesday met with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in Kigali, ahead of the 27th African Union Summit which is scheduled to take place 10-18 of July 2016, in the Rwandan capital city, Kigali, an official source confirmed to PANA here. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS tasks journalists on regional integration
    02 june 2016 14:59:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Edward Singhatey, the Vice President of ECOWAS Commission, has charged journalists from across the West African region to be conscious of the link between stability, economic development and integration as they do their work. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU mourns death of Saharawi President Mohamed Abdelaziz
    31 may 2016 19:35:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mohamed Abdelaziz passed on Tuesday, the Saharawi leadership officially announced. Full text...

  • Sudan: 8 African FMs, UN Security Council to discuss Africa's opposition to ICC
    31 may 2016 13:07:26
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, has said that he and seven other African Foreign ministers will discuss with the UN Security Council (UNSC), on June 9, the position of African countries opposing the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council welcomes UN, AU cooperation
    24 may 2016 21:55:01
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Tuesday stressed the importance Full text...

  • Rwanda: Creating awareness among adult men to circumcise (A feature by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent, Kigali)
    24 may 2016 10:12:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Despite government’s efforts at scaling up voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services in Rwanda as part for HIV intervention, challenges remain with respect to changing the mindset of adult men in the rural areas of the East African nation to undergo the procedure. Full text...

  • Gambia: 10th Anniversary of the African Youth Charter commemorated in Banjul
    22 may 2016 11:50:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Gambian government, and with the support of partners - UNFPA, UNESCO, UNAIDS, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI), and the Commonwealth - on Saturday began celebrations commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the African Youth Charter. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Africa to present common position at World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey
    22 may 2016 11:16:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) will present a Common African Position (CAP) on Humanitarian Effectiveness at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, taking place 23 –24 May, 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union Commission launches 2016 edition of AU Research Grants
    18 may 2016 18:53:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission on Wednesday launched Phase 2 of the African Union Research Grants programme with an open call for proposals for Research and Innovation in Africa supported by the European Union. Full text...

  • Austria: Ministerial meeting supports Libya's request for 'lethal arms' to fight IS, terrorists
    16 may 2016 17:48:50
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - A ministerial meeting in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on the deteriorating security situation in Libya has on Monday expressed support for the intention of the Government of National Accord (GNA) to request for arms to counter terrorist groups and combat IS in the North African country. Full text...

  • UN: UN, AU welcome partial re-run of elections in Comoros
    15 may 2016 16:00:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and the African Union (AU) Commission on Sunday welcomed the peaceful conduct of the partial re-run for the elections of Comoros President and Governor of Anjouan. Full text...

  • UN: UN, AU chiefs condemn deadly violence at IDP camp in North Darfur
    12 may 2016 21:06:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Full text...

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