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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • African media groups sue for press freedom
    08 july 2003 12:46:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Media organisations in Africa and across the world will Wednesday present a petition to the African Union (AU) calling for the release of all incarcerated journalists and for the repeal of anti-media and anti-freedom of expression legislation in AU member states. Full text...

  • ILO foresees persistent poverty in Africa
    08 july 2003 11:21:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Unless new ways are found to create opportunities for decent work for the world's poor, the Millennium Development Goals of reducing poverty by half by 2015 will remain beyond the reach of many African countries, International Labour Office (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia warned here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNICEF promotes African children at AU Summit
    08 july 2003 10:59:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The plight of children around the African continent is being highlighted with an extensive photo gallery at the second African Union Summit. Full text...

  • Leaders begin arriving for AU summit
    08 july 2003 10:40:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- At least four African heads of state are scheduled as first arrivals here Tuesday for the second ordinary assembly of the African Union, due to open Thursday. Full text...

  • Will African Heads of State embrace rogue leaders?
    08 july 2003 10:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- All eyes will be on Africa's rogue leaders this week when they join Heads of State from around the continent at the second African Union summit in Maputo. Full text...

  • AU accused of sidelining African youth movement
    08 july 2003 09:46:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The survival of the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) will, to a great extent, depend on the young people, the chief executive of the Pan-African Youth Movement (PYM) has said. Full text...

  • EU pledges support to African peacekeeping forces
    07 july 2003 23:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The European Union is prepared to assist African peacekeeping forces financially as a means to help solve the many armed conflicts on the continent, the EU Commissioner for Development, Poul Nielsen said here Monday. Full text...

  • Summit delegates appraise wildlife programme at Limpopo Park
    07 july 2003 22:28:00
    Massingir- Mozambique (PANA) -- Several delegates to the African Union summit and journalists covering the event witnessed a small part of the programme to restock Mozambique's Limpopo National Park with game, when seven elephants captured in South Africa were Sunday released into the park. Full text...

  • Ivorian government withdraws Essy's candidature
    07 july 2003 21:43:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government has officially withdrawn Amara Essy's candidature for the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) Commission, State House sources affirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • Ambassadors end meeting ahead of AU summit
    07 july 2003 21:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Committee of Permanent Representatives (Ambassadors) of the African Union (AU) wound up its meeting here Sunday endorsing a series of political, economic, social and financial decisions for transmission to the Executive Council (Foreign Ministers). Full text...

  • Malian youth props Konare's bid for AU Commission chair
    07 july 2003 20:28:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) summit opening Thursday in Maputo, Mozambique will mark a great date for the African continent, African Union Youth (JUA) chair Bassidy Diabate averred here Monday. Full text...

  • Luanda opts for AU chairman capable of handling conflicts
    07 july 2003 18:18:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Foreign Minister Joao Bernardo de Miranda has said Angola was opting for a Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission capable of solving conflicts, which continue to plague the continent. Full text...

  • Kufuor leaves for AU summit via Dakar
    07 july 2003 17:42:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's President John Agyekum Kufuor left here Monday to attend the African Union (AU) summit of heads of state in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council considers report on African crises
    07 july 2003 16:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Conflict resolution was at centre stage Monday when African foreign ministers meeting here considered a report of the Interim Chairperson of the African Union (AU) on conflict situations on the continent. Full text...

  • Essy denies withdrawal from AU race
    07 july 2003 16:09:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Amara Essy, acting chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission, and candidate for the post, Monday denied rumours that he intended to withdraw from the race, Radio Cote d'Ivoire reported here. Full text...

  • Essy takes stock of two-year transition at AU
    07 july 2003 13:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Ivorian Amara Essy, who conducted the transformation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) into the African Union (AU) since the Lusaka summit of July 2001, has been taking stock of his performance over the nearly two year period. Full text...

  • Kadhafi visits Chad en route to AU summit
    07 july 2003 13:02:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- En route to the African Union summit in Maputo, Mozambique, Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Experts recommend alternative funding sources for AU
    07 july 2003 12:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The African Union (AU), which will need at least $65 million, a figure twice its current budget, to meet its operating costs, is seeking alternative sources of funding in order to prevent the unbearable pressure which insufficient funding could put on its future organs. Full text...

  • COREP recommends NEPAD phases into AU Commission
    07 july 2003 12:33:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREP) of the African Union (AU), which launched the preparatory meetings to the second AU summit in Maptuo, has recommended that the organisation's leadership "gradually integrate NEPAD into the (AU) Commission's structures over a period of three years. Full text...

  • Elections crucial to outcome of AU Summit
    07 july 2003 12:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- One of the highlights of the second African Union Summit taking place in Maputo this week is three key elections that will determine the future direction of the AU. Full text...

  • Pretoria wants speedy implementation of AU Parliament
    07 july 2003 12:13:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- One of the cornerstones of the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)) is the proposed establishment of a Pan African Parliament and AU leaders are hoping that member countries will use this week's summit to help make this a reality. Full text...

  • Will Bush's African visit overshadow the AU summit?
    07 july 2003 10:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Focusing on the two major events taking place this week -- the African Union Summit and the visit of US President George Bush to Africa -- the independent Sowetan newspaper expressed fears Monday that the visit might overshadow the important AU summit in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • UNESCO showcases its progress at AU Summit
    07 july 2003 09:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- UNESCO is using the second summit of the African Union in Mozambique to highlight and showcase a number of the projects it has undertaken to help transform this battle-scared country. Full text...

  • 36 African countries join the Chemical Weapons Convention
    07 july 2003 08:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Thirty-six African countries have joined the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), it was disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Mozambican premier underscores need for peace in Africa
    06 july 2003 19:59:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Manuel Mocumbi has called on African nations to raise up an African society of peace, harmony and social justice. Full text...

  • Africa sets out on a long march to integration
    06 july 2003 19:56:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The African Union has started a long march that requires a great deal of resources and commitment of its members to attain the economic integration and social development of the African people, AU Interim Chairperson Amara Essy said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Chissano discuss AU Summit
    06 july 2003 19:48:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano held a telephone discussion on Sunday with his Libyan counterpart Mouammar Kadhafi on the forthcoming summit of African Union (AU) scheduled in a few days in Maputo, an official source in Tripoli said. Full text...

  • Rwanda Criminal Tribunal wants cooperation binding on AU members
    06 july 2003 19:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A delegation from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda is currently touring several West African countries to garner support for a resolution by the African Union, which would make full cooperation with the court binding on all member states, a court official hinted in Dakar at the weekend. Full text...

  • African integration no longer an option, says SA minister
    06 july 2003 18:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- National interests should not be stumbling blocks in Africa's efforts to improve the lives of its people, South African Foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said here late Sunday. Full text...

  • Arab League seeks revamping of Afro-Arab cooperation
    06 july 2003 17:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Sources close to the Arab League affirmed Sunday that the body plans to submit a project at the African Union summit to revive Afro-Arab cooperation. Full text...

  • UNESCO hopes for sustainable measures at Maputo Summit
    06 july 2003 16:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- UNESCO assistant director general for Africa Noureini Tidjani Serpos has expressed the hope that the African Union (AU) Summit would adopt sustainable measures aimed at solving several problems impeding the development of Africa. Full text...

  • Sassou Nguesso to propose anti-aggression pact in Maputo
    06 july 2003 15:27:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo intends to propose the signing of a "pan-African Pact against aggression" during the African Union (AU) summit in Maputo. Full text...

  • Member states owe AU $39 million in arrears
    06 july 2003 15:22:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African Union (AU) member states owed the continental organisation 39 million US dollars in contributions, a summit official said in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • 23 candidates vie for 8 openings at AU Commission
    06 july 2003 15:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The 3rd ordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union opening here Sunday would have to choose 8 candidates from 23 fielded by 17 AU member States and short-listed by an independent committee. Full text...

  • AU ambassadors propose merging NEPAD into AU Commission
    06 july 2003 14:43:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Permanent representatives (ambassadors) to the African Union have recommended the integration of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) secretariat into the AU Commission. Full text...

  • 23 candidates vie for 8 posts as AU commissioners
    06 july 2003 13:50:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The African Union has short-listed 23 candidates to contest the eight available posts for commissioners of the organisation during the summit in the Mozambican capital of Maputo, PANA learnt on Sunday. Full text...

  • AU employees angered by staffing issues
    06 july 2003 13:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The African Union was born with the specific goal of assisting a continent desperately needing to transform itself. Full text...

  • Mozambique shows new face to the world
    06 july 2003 10:34:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Maputo, home to this week's annual African Union summit, is a city that has been re-born. Full text...

  • Dlamini-Zuma arrives in Maputo for ministers' meeting
    06 july 2003 10:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has arrived in Maputo to attend the African Union (AU) Executive Council (ministers) meeting. Full text...

  • Mozambicans hold ecumenical service for AU summit
    05 july 2003 16:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano on Saturday reiterated the necessity for Africans to be involved in the projects aimed at developing their continent. Full text...

  • AU toughens convention against terrorism
    05 july 2003 15:59:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Member countries of the African Union intend to improve their convention on combating all forms of terrorism, it was disclosed here Saturday. Full text...

  • Foreign minister to represent Tunisia at AU summit
    05 july 2003 13:29:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian Foreign Minister Habib Ben Yahia will represent President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali at the African Union (AU) summit scheduled to be held next week in Maputo, Mozambique, an AU official confirmed here. Full text...

  • AU Ambassadors call for Ecosocc inaugural session
    05 july 2003 13:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African Union Ambassadors have called for the convening of the inaugural session of the AU's economic, social and cultural council (Ecosocc) before the end of 2003. Full text...

  • Arrears drop, but 8 countries still under sanctions
    05 july 2003 12:48:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Contribution arrears owed to the African Union dropped from $45. Full text...

  • AU Peace and Security Council will not be adopted in Maputo
    05 july 2003 12:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The protocol on the establishment of the Peace and Security Council is most unlikely to enter into force during the Maputo summit, as wished during its adoption at the first African Union summit in Durban, South Africa one year ago. Full text...

  • Mozambique tightens security for African Union Summit
    05 july 2003 12:26:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A major security operation is in place to ensure that the African Union Summit in Maputo goes off without a hitch. Full text...

  • South Africa plays role in Maputo summit preparations
    05 july 2003 12:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- All eyes are on Maputo this week as the African Union Summit gets into full swing. Full text...

  • Welcome to Maputo of the new millennium
    05 july 2003 12:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- 'Bem-vindo' reads the Portuguese sign welcoming arrivals at Maputo International Airport. Full text...

  • Kadhafi confers with Obasanjo, Bouteflika
    04 july 2003 22:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Friday held telephone discussions with Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria on the Liberian crisis. Full text...

  • Pires hinges AU success on African countries
    04 july 2003 22:47:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdean president Pedro Pires has said the smooth functioning of the African Union (AU) 4-12 July summit in Maputo, Mozambique largely depended on the conduct of African countries. Full text...

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