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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • 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...

  • AU encourages Egyptians to avoid violence
    14 september 2013 07:57:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has re-emphasised the need for all parties in the Egyptian conflict “to eschew all forms of violence and uphold the spirit of dialogue, inclusivity and national reconciliation”. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, AU, UN condemn terror attack on Southern Somalia leader
    13 september 2013 13:25:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia Friday strongly condemned the terror attack on Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’, leader of the Interim Jubba Administration in Southern Somalia, and his motorcade by Al Shabaab rebels. Full text...

  • AUC, ECA, ILO in joint initiative to tackle Africa’s youth unemployment
    11 september 2013 07:50:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa’s top political and economic institutions have joined forces, with backing from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), to improve employment prospects for the continent’s bulging youth population, it was officially announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Contact group on Madagascar welcomes end of sanctions
    09 september 2013 13:22:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The International Contact Group on Madagascar (ICG-M) has welcomed the African Union (AU) decision to immediately lift targeted sanctions against 109 Malagasy political actors, including President Andry Rajoelina. Full text...

  • AU welcomes outcome of Sudan, South Sudan summit
    06 september 2013 09:43:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Sudan’s decision to indefinitely suspend the shutdown of the transportation and processing of oil from South Sudan is encouraging, according to African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Full text...

  • AU appeals for humanitarian aid to Madagascar
    06 september 2013 09:39:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has appealed to the international community to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to Madagascar to help the Indian Ocean island country cope with the problems caused by this year’s poor rice crop and the locust invasion. Full text...

  • AUC, ICEIDA sign deal on geothermal energy development in Rift Valley countries
    05 september 2013 08:26:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - In its bid to assist African Rift Valley countries in the development of geothermal energy resource, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field.Full text...

  • AU, ECCAS seek UN Security Council support for peace efforts in CAR
    04 september 2013 09:32:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) have jointly appealed to the UN Security Council to authorise financial and logistical support for the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (AFISM-CAR). Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson receives Argentine envoy, ECCAS chief
    03 september 2013 14:40:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Argentina has re-opened its embassy in Ethiopia in order to work closely with the African Union (AU) “on very important issues”, the South American country’s newly-appointed ambassador, Gustavo Grippo, disclosed. Full text...

  • AU welcomes Somalia government-Jubba administration deal
    29 august 2013 16:37:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed the agreement between the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the Jubba Interim Administration to establish the modalities of administration and governance in three southern regions of the war-ravaged Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • AU panel for Egypt on second mission to Cairo
    28 august 2013 12:45:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An African Union (AU) High-Level Panel for Egypt Wednesday embarked on a week-long mission to the North African country, in pursuance of the relevant pronouncements of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) on the situation there. Full text...

  • Pan-African University receives US$45 million boost
    22 august 2013 17:18:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Pan African University has received a major boost with a grant support of US$45 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB), according to a statement from the African Union received by PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • AU Commission chairperson greets Muslims at Eid-el-Fitr
    09 august 2013 08:27:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has felicitated with Muslims as they celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • AU holds health conference in SA
    02 august 2013 10:02:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - An African Union (AU) conference aimed at complementing ongoing efforts to improve the health of African citizens and reduce maternal and newborn mortality is underway in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Experts recommend better planning strategy for sports in Africa
    24 july 2013 16:19:26
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – Rising from their meeting in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, Wednesday, sports experts, tasked with working out the agenda for the fifth conference of the African Sports ministers, have pledged further commitment to the development of sports in Africa and recommended that special attention to be given to athletics.Full text...

  • AU, IPPF to use sports to tackle AIDS, reproductive health
    21 july 2013 15:12:05
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Commission and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) will hold a discussion on the theme 'Sport and HIV/AIDS' on the sidelines of the fifth AU conference of Sports Ministers in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, 22-26 July. Full text...

  • AU Sports Ministers to meet in Abidjan
    21 july 2013 15:02:00
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - An experts’ meeting will be held here Monday ahead of Thursday's African Union (AU) conference of Sports Ministers at the same venue. Full text...

  • Mandela Day: AU wishes Mandela happy, healthy 95th birthday
    18 july 2013 15:07:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Thursday joined the rest of the world in wishing former South African President Nelson Mandela ''a happy and healthy'' 95th birthday,which coincides with the annual commemoration of the Nelson Mandela International Day. Full text...

  • African leaders recommit to better funding to tackle HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria
    16 july 2013 17:13:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Special Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ended in Abuja Tuesday, with African leaders recommitting themselves to the declaration they made in 2001 to increase health sector funding in order to end the scourge of the diseases. Full text...

  • AU Special Summit: Jonathan tasks African leaders as summit opens
    15 july 2013 16:44:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Special Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria got underway here Monday, with host President Goodluck Jonathan challenging his fellow African leaders to look inward in the search of solutions to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other related infectious diseases. Full text...

  • AU Special Summit: Infectious diseases, threat to Africa's development - Dlamini-Zuma
    15 july 2013 16:22:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday described HIV/AIDS and the other infectious diseases as threats to Africa's socio-economic development. Full text...

  • WHO says malaria vaccine possible by 2015
    14 july 2013 17:44:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Sunday that a vaccine for malaria may just be three years away. Full text...

  • AU ''needs'' US$3.6b annually for malaria prevention, control
    14 july 2013 17:32:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Africa Union (AU) said on Sunday it requires US$3.6 billion yearly for the prevention and control of malaria in the continent, which accounts for most of the malaria cases and deaths worldwide. Full text...

  • Dlamini-Zuma condemns attack on peacekeepers in Darfur
    14 july 2013 10:59:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has strongly condemned ''the senseless and unprovoked attack'' by unidentified gunmen on the African Union/UN Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) peacekeepers Saturday in which seven Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed and 17 others wounded. Full text...

  • Nigeria plans new intervention plan on malaria
    14 july 2013 00:11:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is planning a new intervention plan on malaria in order to boost Full text...

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