Major activities for forthcoming the 27th Summit of the African Union
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 29 June 2016
As part of the African Union’s drive to engage openly with different sectors of society and promoting a people centered AU, the Chief of Staff of the African Union Commission, Ms Jennifer Chiriga has briefed a cross section of African society and international organisations on the forthcoming 27th Summit of the African Union to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from the 19th to the 18th of July 2016, as well as some of the key events. The theme of the summit is “Year of Human Rights, with a particular focus on the Rights of Women”. Addressing nearly 100 participants at the Oxfam organized forum in Addis Ababa yesterday, Ms Chiriga provided a summary of the work of the PRC, Executive Council and Assembly.
Ms Chiriga said the Executive Council will review the recommendations of the PRC, recommend the Budget for 2017 to the Assembly, and will also elect new Commissioners and Judges for the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Chief of Staff informed the gathering that the Assembly of Heads of State and Government will start its work with a closed session aimed at discussing strategic issues. The Assembly will also be electing the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission.
Turning to other major events, Ms Chiriga highlighted the African Editors Forum, the Launch of African Women Decade Report, Announcement of the Awardees for 2016 Gender Score Card, and Launch of the AU passport. The Chief of Staff took time to explain the issue of attendance at AU summits, which is in line with the decision of the Assembly to streamline the summits, indicating that the July summit is now mainly devoted to Heads of State to talk amongst themselves without distractions. However, Observers will continue to be welcome to the January summits that are normally held at the headquarters of the AU in Addis Ababa.
Oxfam made a presentation on conflict affected countries in Africa and emphasized the need for creating strong links between the African Peace and Security Architecture and African Governance Architecture, and made a call for enhancement of engagement with civil society.
The Ambassador of Ghana, H.E. Ambassador Albert Francis Yankey, the key note speaker, called for AU member states to effectively abide by the AU’s shared values, including full respect of all human rights which are prerequisites to achieving the objectives of Agenda 2063
The forum was hosted by Oxfam and its partners as part of efforts to provide a platform for debating and considering the major issues on the AU Summit agenda. Attendees included representatives of AU member states, regional and international organisations, the diplomatic community, civil society and ordinary citizens. Speakers included, Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana; Mr. Desire Assogbavi, Head of the Liaison Office to the AU, Oxfam International; Mr. Don Deya, Chief Executive Officer - Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU); and Ms. Brenda Mofya, Senior Policy Advisor – Peace and Security, Oxfam International.
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