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29th African Union Summit,
27th June to 4th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Ethiopia: Deputy UN chief highlights stronger AU-UN partnership to benefit Africa's youth
    03 july 2017 17:29:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Monday called for strengthening the relationship between the African Union (AU) and the United Nations to deliver on promised development for Africa's youth. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission chair voices stronger civil society role in ending violent conflicts
    03 july 2017 16:46:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Monday outlined his five-point vision for a peaceful continent, calling on the civil society to play a more proactive role in ending conflicts and calling for justice, peace and cooperation of all players.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African leaders urged to demand end to Israeli occupation of Palestine
    03 july 2017 15:48:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, urged African leaders on Monday to demand an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and announced that his country was ready to accept a US peace plan for a two-state solution to the standoff with Israel. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit launches internet domain name to spur e-commerce
    03 july 2017 14:36:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) launched its DotAfrica internet domain name on Monday at the 29th AU Summit and immediately flagged off a six-month-long campaign across all African countries to urge firms and individuals to utilize the domain to raise the profile of their businesses. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Mugabe donates US$1 million from own cow sale to AU Foundation
    03 july 2017 13:37:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe donated 300 heads of cattle to the African Union (AU), then sold them before handing the proceeds, US$1 million, to the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit opens amid renewed debate over budget financing options
    03 july 2017 10:10:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The 29th African Union Summit opened in Addis Ababa on Monday, with calls for the silencing of the guns of war and tackling the scourge of terrorism in Africa.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Libyan crisis dominates AU Summit agenda on ending conflicts
    02 july 2017 16:07:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African leaders arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday for the 29th session of the regular Heads of State and Government Assembly, which has been dedicated to the discussion about the future of youth and women, but with the conflict in Libya dominating. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: NEPAD reveals plan to revive slowing industrialization in Africa
    02 july 2017 15:45:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, which implements African Union plans, is moving to revive ailing industrialization efforts within Africa after the development of an industrialization plan, Chief Executive Officer, Ibrahim Mayaki said Sunday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU plans all out war against army worm outbreak in Africa
    02 july 2017 07:45:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) is planning an all out war similar to its response to the Ebola disease outbreak, to combat an army worm outbreak, which has spread to 25 out of 55 countries, a senior AU official said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU warns doubts exist over independence of electoral bodies in Africa
    02 july 2017 06:42:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has welcomed the progress made by member states to form independent election management institutions, but expressed fears their lack of full independence still puts democracy at risk. Full text...

  • Austria: Women scientists, youth take centre stage at UN-backed technology forum
    01 july 2017 11:40:33
    Vienna Austria (PANA) – As an international conference on science and technology wrapped up in Vienna, the head of a United Nations partner organization that works to end nuclear testing stressed that women have a "powerful voice" in the global scientific community. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission chief calls for end to dehumanizing treatment of women
    01 july 2017 11:19:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has called for an end to the mistreatment of women caught up in conflict in Somalia, South Sudan and the Lake Chad Basin through the acceleration of the continental efforts to silence the guns by 2020.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief challenges Executive Council on peace restoration
    30 june 2017 19:58:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has challenged the Executive Council, the second highest decision-making body comprising foreign ministers, whose meeting opened here Friday, to discuss new measures to end African conflicts. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU makes major strides to eliminate cross-border barriers to trade
    30 june 2017 12:44:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) is set to finalise the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations, aiming to create a single and integrated market for goods and services by the deadline of December 2017, AU Commissioner for Trade, Albert Muchanga, announced Thursday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU gender Summit proposes economic empowerment measures
    30 june 2017 08:24:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) High-Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment has proposed measures to empower women and the youth economically through enhanced access to government contracts, equal employment chances and bank credit. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ghanaian President appointed the AU Special Envoy for gender
    30 june 2017 06:08:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has agreed to take an appointment of the African Union (AU) Chairman, President Alpha Conde of Guinea, to lead a gender empowerment campaign across Africa, a highlight to the intense efforts to empower the youth. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU seeks greater private sector voice to command regional trading bloc
    30 june 2017 06:05:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) will position the private sector to have an active voice on regional affairs and the running of the single trading bloc under the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) when it forms an African Business Council, a senior AU official said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Austria: Young people raise their voices for world free of nuclear weapons
    30 june 2017 05:08:50
    Vienna, Austria (PAAN) – Around 100 young people from 54 countries are raising their voices and harnessing social media to help mobilize support for a world free of nuclear weapons, and advance the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit pressed for urgent action on refugee burden, youth radicalization
    29 june 2017 15:23:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Summit would be called upon to address the plight of refugees fleeing hardships at home in search of jobs and the radicalization of the youth to reap the benefits of the youth, the main issue dominating debate at the High-Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, which kicked off here Thursday. Full text...

  • Austria: Scientists to discuss monitoring, verification under UN nuclear test-ban treaty
    27 june 2017 06:46:52
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Scientists and technical experts from all over the world are gathering this week in Vienna, Austria, for a meeting convened by the United Nations partner organization working to establish a verification regime to monitor global compliance with the comprehensive ban on nuclear testing. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU welcomes UN Security Council resolution on G5 force for Sahel States
    23 june 2017 07:28:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s authorization for the deployment of a Joint Force for the Group of Five for the Sahel States (FC-G5S), reiterating the importance of the Group to address the persistent threats of violent extremism and transnational organized crimes.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU asks member states to assist Gambia's security sector reform
    21 june 2017 17:43:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Gambia needs personnel support from the African Union Commission (AUC) and AU member states for reforming its security sector and the newly initiated process of transitional justice, according to the AU Peace and Security Council.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges member states to criminalize child marriages
    20 june 2017 18:10:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Expressing disgust over the increase of cases of child marriages and other forms of abuse against children, particularly young girls, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has urged all member states to criminalize child marriages.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chair worried over the rising number of African refugees
    20 june 2017 14:52:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Painting a gloomy picture of the refugee problems confronting Africa, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Mahamat, on Tuesday warned that the total number of displaced and stateless persons in Africa has drastically increased from 10.2 million to approximately 18 million between 2011 and 2016. Full text...

  • Tanzania: European Council renews impetus for the Africa-EU Partnership
    19 june 2017 10:44:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Europe and Africa have much to gain from further increasing political and economic ties, because as close neighbours, both share a common future and 2017 is an important year for their partnership, the Council of the European Union (EU) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief calls for speedy resolve of rift among Gulf states
    16 june 2017 20:04:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Mahamat Moussa Faki has expressed his growing concern over the political dispute among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Full text...

  • US: UN cooperation with AU must be less 'ad hoc,' Security Council told
    16 june 2017 05:50:24
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations must move towards a more institutionalized approach for the joint planning, mandating, financing and supporting of African Union (AU) peace-support operations, the Secretary-General's Chef de Cabinet told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condemns assassination of incoming PM's wife in Lesotho
    15 june 2017 19:06:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has been shocked and saddened by the assassination of Lipolelo Alice Thabane, wife of Lesotho’s incoming Prime Minister at Ha Masana village, in the outskirts of the capital, Maseru, on 14 June 2017. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges Sudan to ensure security in Darfur on UNAMID troops withdrawal
    15 june 2017 16:31:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Urging the Government of Sudan to ensure it fills the security and humanitarian vacuum that may arise out of the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force from Darfur region, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has expressed "deep concern over the widespread proliferation of weapons in the areas of return for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU mourns German Ambassador to African Union and Ethiopia
    15 june 2017 08:21:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has learnt with profound sadness the passing away of the German Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, Joachim Schmidt. Full text...

  • US: Security Council briefed on proposal to reduce number of AU-UN troops in Darfur
    15 june 2017 03:22:30
    New York, US (PANA) – The African Union (AU) and the United Nations are proposing 44 per cent and 30 per cent reductions in their troop and police presence in Sudan's Darfur region as a step towards an eventual exit, a senior UN peacekeeping official has told the Security Council. Full text...

  • Italy: AU, FAO seek to boost joint efforts to end hunger in Africa
    14 june 2017 13:51:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will seek to step up joint efforts to end hunger and sustain peace in the continent say FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Chairperson tours Sahel to support regional security deal
    05 june 2017 09:50:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA ) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, is currently on a weeklong five-nation tour in the Sahel Saharan region to reaffirm the AU’s commitment and solidarity with the region in its fight against terrorism and criminal networks.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU alerts member states to danger of extremism in learning institutions
    31 may 2017 17:36:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Reaffirming the need for alternative narratives and effective government regulation, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has urged member countries to remain vigilant with a view to preventing infiltration of their learning institutions by terrorist and violent extremist groups. Full text...

  • Austria: IAEA set to boost ongoing contribution to sustainable development
    31 may 2017 05:12:44
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Nuclear science and technology are essential in helping countries address the twin challenges of ensuring reliable energy supplies while curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the head of the United Nations atomic agency told some 1200 participants at the opening of an international conference in Vienna. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls for enhanced global cooperation to combat violent extremism
    27 may 2017 10:21:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Continued terrorist attacks on the African continent are a reminder of the seriousness that terrorism continues to pose to peace, security, stability and development, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission condemns terrorist attack on Christians in Egypt
    27 may 2017 09:44:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has condemned "in the strongest terms" the attack by unidentified gunmen that killed at least 29 Coptic Christians and wounded more than 25 others in Egypt's Minya province on Friday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Africa marks 54 years of continental unity
    25 may 2017 16:53:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - After 54 years, the building of the unity of the African peoples is still a major task while the challenges, which Africans must take up collectively, keep increasing, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said Thursday as the continent marked the 54th Africa Day. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission congratulates Tedros as new WHO chief
    24 may 2017 06:44:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat has congratulated Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia on his election as the first ever Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) from the African region. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID assists demobilization of 500 ex-combatants in West Darfur
    23 may 2017 17:51:52
    El Geneina, Sudan (PANA) - With support from the African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID), about 500 ex-combatants, including 30 women, are going through the process of demobilization and return to civilian life at a camp in El Geneina, West Darfur. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union condemns terrorist attack at UK's Manchester Arena
    23 may 2017 17:31:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has condemned "in the strongest terms the horrific terrorist bomb attack at a concert attended by thousands of young fans in the northern English city of Manchester", that lead to at least 22 deaths and left dozens of others injured on Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID urges restraint amid renewed clashes in Darfur region
    22 may 2017 18:19:27
    El Fasher, Sudan (PANA) - Fighting has been taking place in the past few days between Government of Sudan forces and rebel movements in the restive North and East Darfur region of western Sudan, with reports of multiple casualties, according to the international peacekeeping force in the region.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU PSC reaffirms commitment to eliminate LRA
    19 may 2017 12:03:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Withdrawal of the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and the U.S. Special Forces from the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA), has prompted the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) to renew the mandate of the RCI for 12 months until 22 May 2018. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe donates 300 cattle to AUF for auctioning
    17 may 2017 13:49:14
    Gweru, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The African Union Foundation (AUF), the institution charged with promoting domestic resource mobilisation for African development, has received a donation of 300 heads of cattle from President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, according to the media channel of the continental body. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu off to Equatorial Guinea for AU committee of 10 summit
    16 may 2017 17:54:51
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday left for Equatorial Guinea to attend a two-day Summit of Heads of State of the African Union Committee of Ten (C10) on the reforms of the United Nations (UN) Security Council. Full text...

  • Sudan: AU PSC delegation arrives in Sudan's Darfur region
    16 may 2017 17:06:48
    El Fasher, Sudan (PANA) - A delegation of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) touring the restive Darfur region in western Sudan on Tuesday started its field mission with what it described as "fruitful meeting" with the Wali (administrator) of North Darfur State. Full text...

  • UK: AU boss Mahamat drums up global support for Somalia
    12 may 2017 10:27:27
    London, UK (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has underlined the need to redouble international efforts in support of Somalia to allow the administration of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, to overcome the many challenges facing the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Trump administration moves to cement AU-US ties
    11 may 2017 19:46:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reassured the African Union the relations with Washington remain of strategic importance under President Donald Trump, in a move aimed at cooling fears the new administration was out to sideline African countries in its foreign policy.Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum, Juba delegations to meet in Addis next week
    08 may 2017 19:25:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) has invited Sudan and South Sudan to an extraordinary meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, next weekend to resume discussions on pending issues and the implementation of the 2012 cooperation agreement between the two countries. Full text...

  • Kenya; Kagame, African FMs discuss AU reforms in Kigali
    08 may 2017 15:28:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, his AU reform advisory team and close to 40 African foreign ministers met Sunday in Kigali, Rwanda, to discuss the implementation of the AU reforms adopted in January 2017. Full text...

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