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20th AU Summit

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The Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa hosted the 20th summit of the African Union (AU) from January 21, 2013 to January 28, 2013. The summit held under the theme "Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance”.

The summit coincided with the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of establishing the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. In 2002, the OAU became the African Union in order to unify the peoples of Africa in a more powerful entity that speaks on their behalf and defends their issues at international forums.

The Summit objectives

The summit focused on supporting and strengthening inter-African relations and discussing the strategic plan of the AU over the period from 2014 to 2018, which includes curbing conflicts to enhance Africa's security, stability, economic development, continental integration, good governance , democracy and cultural renaissance. The strategy also aimed to protect cultural heritage, promote gender equality and enhance cooperation among all Member States.


The schedule of meetings was as follows:

21 January 2013

•        Opening Ceremony of the Permanent Representative Committee of Ambassadors (PRC)

•        Opening remarks by the Chairperson of the Permanent representatives Committee (PRC)

•        Welcome remarks by H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the Commission

23 January 2013

•        Consideration of the Draft Agenda of the 22nd session of the Executive Council

•        Adoption of the Report of the PRC

24 January 2013

Opening Ceremony of the 22nd ordinary session of the Executive Council

24-25 January 2013

Meetings of the Drafting Committee

Members of the Drafting Committee are:

•        Chair: Equatorial Guinea as Rapporteur of the Bureau of the 18th Summit

•        West: Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone

•        East: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania

•        North: Algeria, Libya

•        Central: Cameroon, Chad, Gabon

•        South: Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe

26 January 2013

Adoption of the resolutions and declarations of the Executive Council and consideration of the draft resolutions and declarations of the Assembly

26 January 2013

28th Summit of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC)

Members of NEPAD HSGOC are: Algeria, - Benin (Chair of AU), Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia

26 January 2013

Meeting of the Committee of Ten Heads of State on the United Nations Reforms

Members of Committee of Ten (C10) are:

•        Central Region: Congo, Equatorial Guinea

•        Eastern Region: Kenya, Uganda

•        Northern Region: Algeria and Libya

•        Southern Region: Namibia and Zambia

•        Western Region: Senegal, Sierra Leone (Coordinator of the Committee)

27-28 January 2013

Day One: 27 January 2013

•        Closed session of the 20th ordinary session of the AU Assembly

•        Opening ceremony of the 20th ordinary session of the AU Assembly

•        H.E. Dr. Boni Yayi, President of the Republic of Benin and Chairman of the African Union, requests the Assembly to stand for the AU Anthem

•        AU Anthem

•        Minute of Silence (in memory of late President John Atta Mills of Ghana and late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia)

•        Statement by H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union

•        Statement by H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations

•        Statement by H.E. Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi, the Secretary General of the Arab League

•        Opening Statement by H.E. Dr. Boni Yayi, the President of the Republic of Benin and Chairperson of the African Union

•        Closed Session: Discussions

Day Two: 28 January 2013

•        Closed session of the 20th ordinary session of the AU Assembly: Reports

Egypt and AU Summit

Egypt participated in the 20th summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa.

The former President in then gave Egypt's speech before the summit, and held meetings with a number of the African presidents and leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

Egypt floated two initiatives in the summit; first, achieving food security in the Sahel-Sahara region and second, facilitating river transport between Lake Victoria and the Mediterranean Sea.


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