The African Union Summit acknowledges youth as builders of Africa’s future…

The 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), held under the theme: “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth” took place on Monday and Tuesday this week (January 30-31). The Summit sent out a clear signal that Africa places greater importance on youth in the thinking and… Read more »

… the meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State on Climate Change….

On the sidelines of the 28th AU Assembly, the Committee of African Heads of State on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) discussed at great length the challenges of climate change and the threat to the environment. With Africa already experiencing some of the most severe impacts of climate change, the Africa established the Committee to influence global negotiations. This week’s meeting on Saturday (January… Read more »

…and Ethiopia wins ALMA Awards for two consecutive years

ALMA, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance is a coalition of forty-nine African Heads of State and Government working to leverage Africa’s collective knowledge and influence to bring about action and accountability in the fight against one of the continent’s most dangerous diseases – malaria. ALMA intends to eradicate malaria by 2030 and it has already put in place three principal… Read more »

High-level event on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia

A high level event on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia, led jointly by Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen and UN Secretary General, António Guterres, was held at the UN Economic Commission for Africa on Sunday (January 29) on the margins of the 28th Summit of the African Union. Also present were UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien,… Read more »

UK Minister for International Development in Ethiopia

Ms. Priti Patel UK Minister for International Development was in Ethiopia to attend the AU summit. During her visit she met with government officials as well as representatives of civil society. She also held talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn and announced extra support to prevent the hunger caused by this year’s drought. A statement from the UK embassy in… Read more »

Twenty-four Candidates in Somalia’s Presidential election on February 8…

Following the closure of the three-day registration process for candidates for the presidential election on Sunday (January 29), the Presidential Elections Committee announced that a total of 24 candidates had fulfilled the necessary requirements, which included a $30,000 registration fee. The Committee said these would now participate in the election which has been set for February 8. The winner will… Read more »

…with UNSC told the stage is now set for Somalia to move to a new phase

Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Somalia on Friday last week (January 27). He said the recently concluded parliamentary election was a “mirror” to Somalis, showing them the good and the bad regarding how power is exercised, and the relations between elders, clan power brokers, politicians, business,… Read more »

Eritrea’s Foreign Minister in Moscow

Eritrea’s Foreign Minister Osman Saleh arrived in Moscow for a three-Day working visit at the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday (January 30). Their talks covered international and regional issues, focusing on preventing and defusing conflicts in Africa, specifically in the Horn of Africa and South Sudan, as well as in the Middle East, including Syria and… Read more »

East African Power Pool interconnections progressing well

Tanzania’s Minister for Energy and Minerals, Professor Muhongo, opening the 24th Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) Steering Committee Meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, two weeks ago, said the proposed power grid project to connect the North and the South points of Africa with a single power line extending from Cairo to Cape Town would commence in April. He said the meeting… Read more »

The 28th Ordinary Session of the AU Summit….

28th Ordinary Session of the African Union Heads of State and Government began on Sunday (January 22) at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa with the meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the African Union. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth,” and the 33rd session of the Permanent… Read more »