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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • Zuma urges AU, UN to work together
    09 october 2012 10:53:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma Monday urged the African Union (AU) and the UN to work together to secure peace around the continent. Full text...

  • AU condemns attack on UN peacekeepers
    04 october 2012 18:29:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Thursday condemned the killing of four Nigerian UN peacekeepers and the injury to eight others in the Darfur region of Western Sudan, Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU leadership in New York for meetings on conflicts in Africa
    24 september 2012 13:59:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Outgoing Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, and his successor, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, have arrived in New York to attend a series of meetings dealing with conflicts in Africa, on the margins of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Commission announced in a statement issued here Monday. Full text...

  • AU says assassinations will not derail Somalia’s political progress
    23 september 2012 14:20:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has warned that the targeted assassination of Somali politicians, who represent the voice of the people, will not derail the country’s political progress. Full text...

  • EAC chief executive seeks greater support for integration
    20 september 2012 13:38:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Efforts being made by the East African Community (EAC) to boost intra-regional and international trade as well as direct investment inflows should be maintained to enable the member states to achieve full integration, EAC Secretary General Richard Sezibera has told the bloc’s development partners meeting here. Full text...

  • SA President, Parliament pay tribute to Dlamini-Zuma
    20 september 2012 09:29:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and members of the National Assembly have paid a moving tribute to Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as she heads for Addis Ababa to chair the African Union Commission (AUC) Full text...

  • ECOWAS stresses importance of citizen participation in regional integration
    19 september 2012 07:58:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has said citizen sensitisation and participation in the design and execution of its programmes are critical to the success of regional integration efforts and consistent with the bloc's vision. Full text...

  • Nigeria will emerge stronger from current challenges - Jonathan
    13 september 2012 16:07:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday reaffirmed his confidence in Nigeria’s ability to overcome its present challenges and emerge as a very strong, united, stable and economically-progressive nation. Full text...

  • UNAMID, AU organize farewell party for departing Gambari
    11 september 2012 18:10:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and the UN Joint peacekeeping chief in Darfur, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, is due in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a farewell party at the end of his term as the head of the AU/UN Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), an official said Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS lauds partners for supporting regional integration
    06 september 2012 17:34:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, has commended development partners for their sustained support towards the realization of the organization’s objective of facilitating regional development and integration in an atmosphere of peace and security. Full text...

  • AU calls Angolan polls free and fair
    03 september 2012 13:22:57
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Electoral Observation Mission of the African Union (AU) has described Friday's general elections in Angola free, fair, transparent and credible. Full text...

  • African Union saddened by Meles Zenawi’s death
    21 august 2012 14:08:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Tuesday said it was deeply saddened by the death of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi. Full text...

  • Rwandan premier challenges EAC media to promote regional integration
    10 august 2012 12:57:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Rwanda’s Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi has challenged the media in East African Community (EAC) member states to promote awareness and stimulate popular participation in the regional integration process. Full text...

  • New AU Commission Chairperson to meet ex-African leaders
    01 august 2012 10:32:01
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Newly-elected Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission and South African Minister of Home Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is due to host a meeting of former African Heads of State and Government in Pretoria Thursday. Full text...

  • UEAC ministers meet in Brazzaville
    23 july 2012 14:57:38
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A preparatory meeting for the Conference of heads of State of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), scheduled for 25 July, began here Sunday, PANA learnt Monday.Full text...

  • Nigeria disowns Ping
    20 july 2012 09:36:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has denied campaigning for former African Union (AU) Commission President Jean Ping in his re-election bid against eventual winner Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa. Full text...

  • African leaders endorse public health emergency fund
    18 july 2012 09:02:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders have endorsed the establishment of the African Public Health Emergency Fund (APHEF), aimed at mobilising additional resources to respond rapidly and effectively to public health emergencies of national and international concern. Full text...

  • EU Commission Chief congratulates new AU Commission president
    17 july 2012 18:52:19
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The president of the European Union Commission, José Manuel Durao Barroso, on Tuesday sent a message of congratulations to Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on her election at the head of the African Union (AU) Commission, an official source said here. Full text...

  • Dlamini-Zuma gets hero's welcome in SA
    17 july 2012 12:47:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has received a hero's welcome on her return to the country, following her election as the new head of the African Union (AU) commission. Full text...

  • New AU Commission chair, commissioners sworn in
    17 july 2012 08:49:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has sworn in Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and the six commissioners recently elected to lead the regional body. Full text...

  • UN chief congratulates new AU Commission Chairperson
    17 july 2012 08:20:07
    New York, (US) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the election of Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa as the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, and congratulated her on being the first woman to lead the regional body. Full text...

  • 'AU could deploy military force to Mali within weeks if....'
    16 july 2012 19:32:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) says a military force, to be deployed to Mali, could hit the ground within weeks if the country’s interim President, Diancounda Traore, formally requests for security reinforcement from the UN Security Council. Full text...

  • AU creates Presidential panel to promote intra-African trade
    16 july 2012 13:24:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Africa Union (AU) has established a permanent committee at the presidential level to promote Intra-African trade by pushing for the removal of trade barriers, ahead of the 2017 deadline for creating a continental Free Trade Area (FTA). Full text...

  • UN, AU cooperation vital to tackling challenges - UN official
    16 july 2012 09:40:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has stressed the importance of close and active cooperation between the UN and the African Union (AU) in tackling critical issues, from the instability in Mali to the food crisis in the Sahel region. Full text...

  • How Dlamini-Zuma won AU Commission Chair vote
    15 july 2012 21:21:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Right from the first round of voting by African leaders on Sunday, South Africa's Minister of Home Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma left few in doubt that she has what it takes to clinch victory over incumbent Jean Ping in the race for the presidency of the African Union (AU) Commission. Full text...

  • Dlamini-Zuma elected AU Commission Chairperson
    15 july 2012 20:11:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was elected the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission late on Sunday, after surging through all the four rounds of voting. Full text...

  • Conflicts in Africa dominate talks as AU Summit opens
    15 july 2012 13:57:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Summit opened in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Sunday to discuss trade, jobs and economic growth, but the conflicts in Mali, Guinea-Bissau and the DR Congo dominated talks. Full text...

  • AU issues 2 Aug. deadline to resolve outstanding issues between Sudan, S/Sudan
    15 july 2012 09:45:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has issued a deadline of 2 August 2012 to Sudan and South Sudan to conclude agreements on outstanding knotty issues between the two states. Full text...

  • AU, CAF sign pact to use football to promote peace
    15 july 2012 09:31:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has received a boost in its efforts to promote peace in Africa, with the signing of an agreement with African football governing body CAF, to use the universal appeal of football as a platform to advocate and promote social change in Africa. Full text...

  • AU seeks neutral peacekeeping force in DRC
    15 july 2012 09:22:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) has recommended the deployment of a neutral force in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to help quell a rebel insurgency that has swept through seven towns in a matter of three months. Full text...

  • AU wants toppled Malian government restores
    15 july 2012 09:06:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has called for the restoration of military-toppled Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure. Full text...

  • Ivorian leader leaves for 19th AU summit in Ethiopia
    13 july 2012 17:06:00
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara, left here on Friday for Addis Ababa to take part in the 19th African Union (AU) summit in the Ethiopian capital, official sources said here. Full text...

  • US Assistant Secretary of State, Carson, for AU Summit
    13 july 2012 10:04:20
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson will lead the U.S. delegation to the 2012 African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-17 July, a US State Department statement said here. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council kicks off amid worries over Africa's instability
    12 july 2012 17:25:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers kicked off a two-day meeting in Addis Ababa, Thursday, to draw up a work plan for the 19th session of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Assembly, which will hold in the Ethiopian capital after being moved from Malawi. Full text...

  • Group urges AU to support international justice
    11 july 2012 10:53:33
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - A group of African civil society bodies and international organisations with a presence in Africa has asked the African Union (AU) to demonstrate support for justice for victims of grave international crimes at its summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week. Full text...

  • Congo to host summit of Central Africa leaders
    03 july 2012 22:05:50
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A summit of head of State from the Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC) will be held this month in Brazzaville, the organization’s secretary general, Antoine Ntsimi, said on Tuesday in the Congolese capital. Full text...

  • AU condemns Kenya attacks
    02 july 2012 19:27:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has condemned Sunday’s twin terrorist attacks in North Eastern Kenya, which killed 17 people, and vowed its support to Kenya’s efforts to continue its fight against international terror in Somalia. Full text...

  • AU condemns destruction of UNESCO-registered tombs in Mali
    02 july 2012 12:13:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Monday condemned the ongoing destruction of UNESCO-registered World Heritage tombs by radical Islamists in Mali’s ancient city of Timbuktu. Full text...

  • Aziz, Ping discuss Malian crisis
    27 june 2012 19:19:13
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The crisis in Mali was the major topic discussed when the Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, met Wednesday here with the African Union (AU) Commission's chief, Jean Ping, official sources told PANA.Full text...

  • UN, AU envoys present regional plan to halt LRA rebels
    27 june 2012 08:31:35
    New York, US (PANA) - UN and African Union (AU) envoys have highlighted a new regional strategy that they hope will bring an end to the activities of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and help affected populations. Full text...

  • Sudan: President relieves advisers of their positions
    25 june 2012 22:15:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's President Omar Bashir on Monday relieved all his advisers of their duties as part of austerity measures his government is currently applying to cut down public expenditure. Full text...

  • AU says it 'understands' Malawi's constraint in hosting Summit
    22 june 2012 13:47:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has expressed its understanding for the constraint faced by Malawi, which recently gave up the hosting rights of July's AU Summit instead of inviting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide by the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. Full text...

  • W/Africans urged to embrace ECOWAS regional integration programme
    20 june 2012 14:17:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, has called on community citizens to assume ownership and participate actively in the implementation of the ECOWAS regional integration programmes. Full text...

  • Libya 'willing' to resolve disagreement over detained ICC team
    18 june 2012 21:06:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The deputy secretary of the Libyan ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mohamed Abdelazi, says Libya is will cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to resolve the disagreement between them on the detention of an ICC team in the North African country. Full text...

  • OPEC Fund loans to boost socio-economic development in Africa
    18 june 2012 11:07:58
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - The Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved 13 loans and grants totaling about US$66 million to boost socio-economic development in over 34 partner countries, many of them in Africa. Full text...

  • Sudan, S/Sudan to resume negotiations on post-separation issues
    15 june 2012 12:28:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan and South Sudan are expected to resume the negotiations that were interrupted earlier this month, in an effort to resolve outstanding issues following South Sudan's independence last year. Full text...

  • Malawi's Banda says no regrets over AU's decision to move summit over Al-Bashir
    14 june 2012 18:56:55
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Joyce Banda said Thursday although she respected the African Union's decision to move next month's summit from Lilongwe, Malawi, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, following disagreements over the attendance of embattled Sudanese leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir, she had no regrets for her stand on the issue.Full text...

  • AU says Sudan-South Sudan peace talks dragging slowly
    11 june 2012 19:25:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) said Monday further talks were required between Sudan and South Sudan to end a border dispute that led to the current deadlock and moved the two neighbours to the brink of a new civil war threatening the entire Horn of Africa region. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe newspaper takes swipe at Malawi over AU
    11 june 2012 14:44:43
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe's main daily newspaper, the Herald, on Monday sharply criticised Malawi for bowing to Western pressure and canceling an African Union (AU) summit in the country over the attendance of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Full text...

  • AU confirms Malawi summit hosting snub
    08 june 2012 18:06:01
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Friday confirmed it will no longer be holding its July summit in Malawi, after the country insisted it would rather lose the hosting right than allow Sudan's President Omar el-Bashir to attend, because of his indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over war crimes charges. Full text...

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