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Ethiopia: African Union 39th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives’ Committee
From Tuesday 21 January 2020
To Wednesday 22 January 2020

 

39th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC)

 

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Spotlight: African leaders set to meet on silencing guns, durable solutions to conflicts 

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-24 19:54:19|Editor: huaxia
 

South African youths take part in a peace walk along the streets of Cape Town, South Africa, May 27, 2019. Thousands of South Africans on Saturday took to the streets in Cape Town to mark Africa Day with a call for peace on the continent. (Xinhua/Willem van der Merwe)

African leaders will convene the annual AU assembly summit on silencing the guns and durable solutions to conflicts across the continent in February, the African Union (AU) Commission announced.

ADDIS ABABA, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) Commission on Monday announced that African leaders will convene the annual AU assembly summit on silencing the guns in February, with particular focus on finding durable solutions to conflicts across the continent.

The 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU, which will take place from Feb. 9 to 10, will be held under the theme "Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa's Development," the 55-member pan African bloc disclosed in a statement on Monday.

The African leaders' summit, which will be held at the headquarters of the AU in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, will be preceded by two high-level sessions, the meetings of the Permanent Representatives' Committee (PRC) and the Executive Council of the AU Commission respectively, which will put forth the agenda as well as major recommendations for consideration to the summit.

The 39th Ordinary Session of the PRC, which is slated to be held from January 21 to 22 under the framework of the 33rd African Union (AU) summit, will bring together ambassadors of the 55 AU member states that are based in Addis Ababa as well as key AU officials, among others.

Equatorial Guinea's Foreign Minister Simeon Oyono Esono Angue (L, front), whose country holds the presidency of the Security Council for February, chairs a Security Council open debate on silencing the guns in Africa, at the UN headquarters in New York, Feb. 27, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

The PRC meeting will prepare the agenda of the AU Summit with appropriate recommendations for consideration by the 36th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the AU Commission, comprising African foreign ministers, which is scheduled to take place from Feb. 6 to 7.

African foreign ministers, during their two-day Executive Council meeting, are also expected to consider key recommendations on the African continent's theme for the year 2020: "Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa's Development," ahead of the session of the AU assembly of heads of state and government.

The 55-member pan African bloc had recently announced that it will reinforce its efforts to silence the continent's guns, focusing in 2020, with particular focus on addressing the underlying root-causes and facilitating socio-economic development on the continent.

As part of AU's 50-year continental development Agenda 2063, the African leaders back in January 2017 had adopted the AU Master Roadmap of Practical Steps for "Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020" continent-wide initiative as a flagship project that aims to end all conflicts in Africa by 2020 with the provision of specific timelines and streamlined division of targets among various stakeholders implementers, including AU member states, pan-African institutions, as well as international and bilateral partners.

People take part in a peace walk along the streets of Cape Town, South Africa, May 27, 2019. Thousands of South Africans on Saturday took to the streets in Cape Town to mark Africa Day with a call for peace on the continent. (Xinhua/Willem van der Merwe)

Last week, the AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat had also stressed that while good progress has been made in reducing state-driven conflicts, recurring conflicts are "rolling back gains already made in achieving lasting peace" in several regions of the continent.

Chairperson of the AU Commission, in his report on Africa's current security situations that was presented to the meeting of African chiefs of defence staff and heads of safety and security on Dec. 19, said that recent positive developments in Africa's peace and security situations "have enabled the silencing the guns flagship project to become a topical issue of reference within Africa and in sections of the international community."

"This in itself is significant achievement in the efforts to silence the guns and create conditions for a conflict-free Africa as envisioned in Agenda 2063," Faki added.

 

 

Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia