Heads of State gather for 19th AU Summit
GOVERNMENT| July 15, 2012, 8:47 a.m.
African Heads of State have arrived in Addis Ababa for the 19th AU Summit, which will focus on intra-African trade.
The Summit officially opens today and will run for two days.
Dr Jean Ping, Chairperson of the AU Commission, Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, and Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, will officially launch the MDGs report later today.
During the Summit, member States of the Union will consider the recommendations of the Executive Council on the report of the Commission on the implementation of previous Decisions of the Executive Council and the Assembly; the report of the Peace and Security Council on its activities and the state of peace and security in Africa, including the activities of the Panel of the Wise; the report on NEPAD by Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Prime Minister and Chairperson of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC); the report on Africa’s preparation for the Climate Change Negotiations at the 18th Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (COP18), by Meles Zenawi, who is also the Coordinator of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC).
The Presidents and Heads of Delegations will also exchange views on the report on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) by Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo and Africa’s Coordinator on the United Nations Conference. They will discuss the report on the UN Reforms by Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and Chairperson of the Committee of Ten on the UN Reforms.
The Assembly will further consider the report of the High Level Committee of Heads of State and Government/Chairs of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on Boosting Intra-African Trade, among others.
One of the high moments during the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU will be the election of the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) as well as the appointment of the eight Commissioners of the AU and the three Judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AFCHPR).
The Summit was preceded by meetings of the Executive Council and NEPAD Heads of State.
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