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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • Afro-Arab Summit: Kenya sues for better job deals for Africans
    19 november 2013 17:42:39
    Kuwait City, Kuwait (PANA) - The poor treatment of migrant African workers in most Arab states was top on the agenda at the third African-Arab Summit which opened here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Afro-Arab Summit opens amid fresh optimism for growth prospects
    19 november 2013 11:37:24
    Kuwait City, Kuwait (PANA) - African and Arab leaders kicked off two-days of talks in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Tuesday, hoping to hammer out a series of deals to boost trade, agriculture and joint investment projects. Full text...

  • AU expresses concern over developments in Libya, calls for restraint
    17 november 2013 13:55:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Sunday expressed concern over the current violence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, which has claimed dozens of lives, an AU press release has said.Full text...

  • AU Special Representative monitors situation in flooded Puntland region
    15 november 2013 10:53:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following days of heavy storm and flooding this week in Somalia’s Puntland region, the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said Friday that he was closely monitoring the situation in which at least 300 people are feared to have lost their lives. Full text...

  • AU welcomes UN Security Council resolution on strengthening AMISOM
    14 november 2013 09:12:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the adoption of resolution 2124 (2013) on Somalia by the UN Security Council authorising an increase in the strength of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Full text...

  • AU concerned about persistent insecurity in CAR
    14 november 2013 09:07:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has reiterated its concern about the serious situation prevailing in the Central African Republic (CAR), especially the persistence of insecurity, continued abuses against the civilian population by elements of the ex-Seleka and the emergence of self-defence groups, as well as the precarious humanitarian situation. Full text...

  • PSC appeals for development aid to depressed Abyei communities
    07 november 2013 08:04:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Stressing the need for continued efforts to resolve the final status of the disputed Abyei area between Sudan and South Sudan, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has reiterated its call to all stakeholders in the oil-rich area not to aggravate the already tense situation on the ground. Full text...

  • AU Commission, international partners sign MoUs to beef up African peace efforts
    06 november 2013 10:30:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and the organisation’s international partners Tuesday signed here two memoranda of understanding, marking the renewal of two joint financing arrangements for the AU peace and security programme and sustenance of liaison offices in conflict and post-conflict countries. Full text...

  • ECOWAS regional integration: Stakeholders demand more action from leaders
    05 november 2013 15:44:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders and Member States have been challenged to translate their various decisions and statements on regional integration into concrete actions. Full text...

  • Dlamini Zuma seeks full engagement of women in Mali’s national dialogue
    05 november 2013 12:10:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has praised the resilience and courage of the women in Mali under very difficult conditions, as their country emerges from a trying moment in its history. Full text...

  • Dlamini Zuma due in Bamako for meeting on Mali
    01 november 2013 15:11:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is due in Bamako where she will chair the sixth meeting of the International Support and Follow-Up Group on the situation in Mali on Saturday.Full text...

  • CENSAD discusses security, governance, development
    29 october 2013 21:20:02
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – A three-day meeting of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) opened in Rabat on Monday to examine several issues related to security, governance and development in the region. Full text...

  • EALA backs AU stance on Kenyan ICC cases
    25 october 2013 07:49:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has passed a resolution in support of the position adopted by the African Union (AU) pressing for deferment of criminal charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Samoei Ruto at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • 17th summit of UEMOA heads of State opens in Senegal
    24 october 2013 22:27:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Togolese president, Faure Gnassingbé, current chairman of the West African Economic and monetary Union (UEMOA), on Thursday opened the 17th ordinary session of the Conference of heads of state and government in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with a call for the acceleration of integration in the zone.Full text...

  • AU Special Rep slams attempted assassination of Somali journalist
    23 october 2013 16:39:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) said it was appalled by the attempted assassination of a Somali journalist working for the London-based, Somali Channel Universal TV.Full text...

  • African youth set to establish continental business plan
    23 october 2013 13:47:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) headquarters will host a high-profile workshop to mobilise the private sector, governments, civil society, regional economic communities and pan-African stakeholders to ponder Africa as a company, it was announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • DRC needs peace for sustainable development - Dlamini Zuma
    23 october 2013 13:18:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC)() Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has urged the authorities in DR Congo to persevere in their efforts at rebuilding the nation, while dealing with the restoration of peace and security, particularly in the eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • IMF, Ghana to co-host conference on financial integration in West Africa
    22 october 2013 14:20:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The Ghanaian government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will co-host a regional conference on 28 October, in Accra, on the opportunities and challenges of financial integration in West Africa, an IMF statement said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • PSC prods Sudan, South Sudan leaders to agree on disputed Abyei
    22 october 2013 12:50:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has once again made an urgent appeal to Sudan and South Sudan to refrain from any unilateral action and statement that may impede progress towards the search for a lasting solution to their dispute over the Abyei Area. Full text...

  • African ambassadors at the UN commend NEPAD
    21 october 2013 15:45:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - African ambassadors at the United Nations (UN) have praised the efforts and commitments of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) for its numerous programmes aimed at improving the continent, particularly its rural transformation initiative through the Rural Futures Programme. Full text...

  • Africa mourns its drowned migrants
    21 october 2013 12:14:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Touched by the drowning of African migrants off the coast of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on 3 Oct. 2013, African heads of state and government have declared 3 Nov. a continental day of mourning. Full text...

  • Human Rights Watch accuses African leaders of undermining AU Charter
    13 october 2013 10:38:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A top official of the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused African leaders of undermining the African Union (AU) Charter through their decision that no sitting African leader should be made to appear before any international court. Full text...

  • AU seeks deferment of ICC indictments against Kenyan President, Vice
    12 october 2013 16:39:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) is in the process of expanding the mandate of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights (AfCHPR) to try international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, according to decisions taken here Saturday by the AU Assembly. Full text...

  • Nigeria proposes amendment to ICC Articles
    12 october 2013 15:49:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Nigeria has proposed that certain Articles of the Rome Statute, establishing the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), should be amended to bring them in conformity with the tenets of customary international law, conventions and norms. Full text...

  • ‘No sitting head of state should stand in the box’ - AU
    12 october 2013 13:15:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A sitting head of state or government should not be prosecuted while in office, the 15th extraordinary meeting of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) has said. Full text...

  • Algerian diplomat elected new AU Commissioner for Peace, Security
    12 october 2013 13:00:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Executive Council of the African Union (AU) has elected Algerian diplomat Ismail Chergui as the new Commissioner for Peace and Security in the AU Commission. Full text...

  • Dlamini Zuma says Africa should not allow instability in Kenya
    12 october 2013 12:55:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Kenya’s security situation remains fragile and Africa should not let the East African country slide into instability, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said here Saturday. Full text...

  • AU Chairperson berates ICC for disregarding Africa’s requests
    12 october 2013 11:15:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African leaders are not in a crusade against the International Criminal Court (ICC), but are making a solemn call for the organisation to take Africa’s concerns seriously, the African Union (AU) Chairperson, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of Ethiopia, said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Ivorian president to attend AU Extraordinary summit on ICC
    11 october 2013 14:39:02
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – President Alassane Ouattara will lead the Ivorian team to the extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU), holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Saturday at which relations between Africa and the International Criminal Court (ICC) will be discussed. Full text...

  • 'ICC should be stopped from treating Africans in condescending manner'
    11 october 2013 14:13:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) should not be allowed to continue treating Africa and Africans in a condescending manner, the chair of the AU Executive Council, who is also Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said here Friday. Full text...

  • Zuma leads SA delegation to Extraordinary AU summit
    11 october 2013 10:15:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma is leading a South African delegation to the Extraordinary Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa on Saturday. Full text...

  • AU condemns Libyan premier kidnappers
    11 october 2013 09:21:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Expressing relief over the release of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan by kidnappers in the nation's capital, Tripoli, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has strongly condemned the action of forcefully holding the premier. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council begins 15th extraordinary session in Addis Ababa
    11 october 2013 08:40:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Foreign Affairs Ministers who constitute the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) converge on the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Friday for a one-day extraordinary session to discuss the continent’s relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Nigeria's President for AU's extraordinary summit
    10 october 2013 18:46:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is billed to leave for Addis Ababa Friday to attend the 11-12 Oct. African Union (AU) Extraordinary Summit in the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • Pressure mounts on African members not to withdraw from ICC (PANA News Analysis)
    09 october 2013 10:02:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of Saturday's extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) on the International Criminal Court (ICC), pressure is mounting on the continental body not to approve the withdrawal of the 34 AU members that have ratified the Rome Treaty that established the court. Full text...

  • ANC 'instructs' Zuma to back Africa's withdrawal from ICC
    08 october 2013 12:32:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) may have instructed President Jacob Zuma to back the clamour for the bloc withdrawal of African nations from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • AU set to eliminate sexual violence in Africa
    07 october 2013 06:53:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Determined to lay the foundation for strategic measures for prevention and response to sexual violence in Africa, the African Union (AU) is convening a three-day high-level consultation of experts here this week to work out a framework of action to allow victims to access justice and end impunity. Full text...

  • AU holds extraordinary summit in Addis Ababa
    05 october 2013 08:00:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa’s relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC) will be the theme of discussion at a one-day extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) due to take place here on 12 Oct. 2013, the AU Commission has announced. Full text...

  • UN, AU top security organs consult in Addis Ababa
    04 october 2013 14:32:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Seventh Joint Annual Consultative Meeting between the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is due to be held here 8 October, 2013, the AU Commission announced Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan leader urges fast-tracking of EAC integration process
    02 october 2013 14:30:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated the need for East Africans to remove all hindrances in order to fast track the integration of the East African Community (EAC) member countries and enable citizens to enjoy its benefits. Full text...

  • PSC urges greater collaboration between AU, UN
    25 september 2013 15:52:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Despite the continued efforts to devise innovative approaches taken by the African Union (AU) and the United Nations to address complex challenges to peace and security in Africa, their approaches are not underpinned by a shared strategic vision and remain ad hoc, the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) said in a statement here Wednesday.Full text...

  • Nigeria's main opposition seeks AU action against terrorism
    25 september 2013 12:40:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the African Union (AU) to lead a continental action to check the worsening cases of terrorism in the continent. Full text...

  • UN, AU chiefs discuss stronger partnership
    23 september 2013 06:07:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Sunday in New York discussed ways to further strengthen the relationship between the two organisations. Full text...

  • Trial of Kenyan officials: ICC responds to AU, clarifies legal procedures
    20 september 2013 18:39:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The Second Vice-President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Cuno Tarfusser, has responded, on behalf of the ICC President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, to a letter from the African Union (AU) which raised issues on the ongoing ICC Full text...

  • UN, AU sign plan to protect children in armed conflict
    19 september 2013 17:31:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and the African Union (AU) have agreed to strengthen the protection of conflict-affected children in Africa where, despite progress, grave child rights violations continue to thrive. Full text...

  • Civil society, Diaspora invited to Jan. 2014 AU Summit
    19 september 2013 12:46:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Underlining its emphasis on having a people-driven organisation in line with the established tradition, the African Union Commission (AUC) Thursday invited members of the African civil society and Diaspora to apply for participation as observers at the next AU Summit. Full text...

  • AU, EU brainstorm on future of continental partnership
    18 september 2013 14:51:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Though some successes have confirmed the importance and relevance of the Joint Africa-European Union Strategy (JAES), progress in some areas, particularly at operational and technical levels, has been unequal, a senior official of the African Union Commission (AUC) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Dlamini-Zuma takes charge of AU Peace and Security department
    18 september 2013 07:56:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following the recent appointment of African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra as Algeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, AU Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has taken charge of the key AU organ. Full text...

  • Sudan hails ''positive development'' after South Sudanese President's visit
    16 september 2013 10:40:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has hailed the ''positive development'' in its relations with South Sudan following the recent visit to Khartoum of South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. Full text...

  • AUC Peace and Security Commissioner appointed Algerian Foreign Minister
    14 september 2013 08:09:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has congratulated AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Ramtane Lamamra for his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria. Full text...

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