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27th Summit of the African Union in Kigali
(Rwanda) 17 to 18 July 2016
  • 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...

  • Togo: First edition of African Integration Week set for Lome
    11 may 2016 19:45:20
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The first edition of the African Integration Week will be held in Lomé from 21 to 25 May 2016, organized by Togo's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration, according to an official announcement made here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Protection of schools essential to boost access to education in Africa - UN envoy
    10 may 2016 18:12:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Protecting schools from attacks and military use is essential to ensuring access to education for all children in Africa, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Comoros: UN/AU chiefs "following closely" political development in Comoros
    07 may 2016 08:56:50
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that he is following closely political developments in Comoros in the wake of the recent judgment of the Constitutional Court ordering a partial re-run of the elections for President and for Governor of Anjouan. Full text...

  • Zambia: IOM urges African countries to ratify, implement protocols on free movement
    06 may 2016 16:38:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and their Member States have been urged to ratify and implement the protocols on free movement of persons in their respective regions in order to make the Agenda 2063 on Regional Integration a reality. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chairperson receives highest national Order of Serbia
    28 april 2016 18:16:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Serbian President TomislavNikolic has bestowed African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma with the highest Order of the Republic of Serbia on Strips, the Commission said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan, UN, AU agree on smooth UNAMID exit from Darfur
    18 april 2016 20:45:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan, UN and African Union (AU) on Monday in Khartoum Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC, EC reaffirm continued cooperation in human development
    08 april 2016 09:02:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Commission (EC) have reaffirmed their engagement in continued cooperation to maximise the benefits of science, technology and innovation.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission, European Commission underline peace in African conflict areas
    07 april 2016 19:21:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan must be fully implemented "as a necessary step to end the civil war and put the country on a new path of peace, security and development," said a joint communiqué issued here Thursday at the conclusion of the 8th College-to-College meeting between the African Union Commission and the European Commission. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African leaders underline common development framework for Africa
    04 april 2016 17:42:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has called on African states to be “strategic, ambitious, rigorous and disciplined” if they are to achieve sustainable and inclusive development for their people. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks World Autism Day, calls for inclusive societies
    01 april 2016 22:44:03
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials have highlighted the contributions to humanity by people Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Chadian Ambassador to the AU bids farewell
    26 march 2016 10:41:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Bidding farewell to the African Union Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Chadian Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU), Ahmat Awad Sakhine, said the AU Chief has left a great impression on many diplomats, especially with Agenda 2063, "which is going to remain with us for a long time.” Full text...

  • Sudan: AU welcomes signing of roadmap by Sudanese Government
    24 march 2016 08:08:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union has commended Khartoum for signing a road map prepared by Thabo Mbeki, the head of African Union High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP), aimed to help warring parties in Sudan end their differences.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: 6 African countries hold elections on Sunday
    19 march 2016 15:05:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has called for smooth, peaceful, transparent and credible polls in six African Union (AU) Member States holding elections and a referendum, on Sunday, 20 March 2016. Full text...

  • Austria: UN urges focus on ‘shared responsibility’ to combat illicit drugs
    15 march 2016 06:45:38
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - Ahead of a special session on drugs at the United Nations General Assembly, senior United Nations officials on Monday focused on the people affected by drugs and the shared international responsibility in stopping the suffering caused by these illicit substances. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU commends UN Security Council sanctions against LRA
    12 march 2016 09:39:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has commended the United Nations Security Council for designating the rebel group and cult Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and its leader, Joseph Kony, effective 7 March 2016, as subject to sanctions imposed by UN Resolution 2262 (2016). Full text...

  • Tanzania: 'Monetary integration should not be pushed too fast in sub-Sahara Africa'
    11 march 2016 08:36:18
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Monetary integration should not be pursued too fast in sub-Sahara Africa, but the region should give priority to implementing a comprehensive structural reform agenda, according to high-level policymakers and academics who, this week, gathered in Mauritius to discuss the future of currency areas. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU, UN chiefs condemn Wednesday's attack on UNAMID peacekeepers
    10 march 2016 18:41:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have condemned Wednesday's attack on the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) by an unknown armed group in which one South African peacekeeper was killed and another wounded. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC, UN chiefs express concern about upsurge in Darfur fighting
    03 march 2016 19:37:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called on the Government of Sudan to fully cooperate with the AU-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and facilitate its freedom of movement in view of the increased in fighting in the restive western region of the country.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN, AU appoint new Deputy Special Representative for UNAMID
    02 march 2016 15:37:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on Wednesday announced the appointment of Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo of South Africa as their Deputy Joint Special Representative for the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur, Sudan, commonly known as UNAMID. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU leaders champion steady progress in Burundi crisis
    01 march 2016 13:24:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An African Union (AU) Heads of State mission, led by South African President Jacob Zuma, has made steady progress in unlocking the Burundi political crisis after a working visit there where it held talks with the key stakeholders in the crisis engulfing the fragile Central African state. Full text...

  • Sudan: Will others follow suit after South Africa pulls out of Darfur? (News analysis by Anaclet Rwegayura, PANA Editor)
    25 february 2016 15:32:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma’s announcement on Wednesday that he had decided to withdraw the 800-odd South African National Defence Force (SANDF) troops from the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, Sudan, has raised doubt that South Africa could be retreating before the war is over.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Africa marks turning point in saving children’s lives
    24 february 2016 15:31:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Using vaccines, one of the most powerful tools for saving children’s lives, has marked the start of a new era in Africa, the African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs, Dr. Sidiki Mustapha Kaloko said here Wednesday at the opening of the first-ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU convenes first ministerial meeting on immunization in Africa
    23 february 2016 18:04:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other key immunization development partners has organized the first ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa to be held Wednesday at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC names new Special Representative in CAR
    21 february 2016 11:27:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has appointed Mr. Mohamed EL Hacen Lebatt of Mauritania as the Commission’s new Special Representative for Central African Republic (CAR) and Head of the AU Mission (MISAC) in the country following the resignation of Major General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko. Full text...

  • Angola: Angola turns 40 years as Africa Union member
    12 february 2016 13:02:31
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Republic of Angola turns 40 years on Friday, 12 February, 2016, since it was admitted as the 46th member of the African Union (AU), according to the latest information from the African Union. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Ex-Australian hostage arrives in Ouagadougou
    08 february 2016 14:23:39
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The ex-Australian hostage, Jocelyn Eliott, 84, abducted with her husband by elements of Al-Mourabitoune, but released on Saturday, arrived in Ouagadougou Monday on board of the Nigerien presidential aircraft, together with the Nigerien minister of Foreign Affairs minister, Mrs Achatou Kané Boulam, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: 'African Union remains divided on UN reforms'
    05 february 2016 09:55:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says deep divisions over how to carry on with the reform of the UN Security Council have delayed the process. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU earmarks financing breakthrough to advance democracy
    05 february 2016 09:44:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries would now be required to choose the specific taxation options they prefer to raise funds for the implementation of the flagship African Union (AU) projects following a breakthrough on the alternative sources of financing AU-led mega-projects. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: EC, AU agree to further administrative cooperation, staff exchanges
    01 february 2016 17:55:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The European Commission and the African Union (AU) on Sunday signed an agreement renewing cooperation between the two bodies, intensifying staff exchanges and cooperation in a number of priority areas. Full text...

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