African Union

Mugabe Urged to Address Rights Concerns

Amnesty International says that there is an urgent need for the African Union (AU) to take more concrete steps to effectively address the massive human rights violations resulting from the many conflicts taking place in several parts of the continent.
The organisation states that President Robert Mugabe should use his time as chairperson of the AU to restore stability in parts of the region that have been ravaged by conflicts.

Who Will Chair the African Union Commission – Gabon, SA or Another Country?

The stalemate of the elections for the chairperson of the Africa Union Commission in January 2012 and the upcoming continuation of this saga at the July 2012 summit must be déjà vu for South Africa. It reminds one of the voting duplicity of Charles Dempsey, which cost South Africa hosting the Football World Cup 2006. The confidence of South Africa in the first elections suggests some countries might have promised their votes and not delivered.

AU Election Test of Africa's Unity and Commitment to Equality

Africa Day 2012 was celebrated under the theme ‘Towards the Realisation of a United and Integrated Africa and its Diaspora’. The theme is particularly significant as the election of the Africa Union (AU) chairperson draws closer with a strong female contender, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Home Affairs in South Africa.

The AU Summit will be held from 9-10 July 2012 in Malawi, which is still basking in the glory of having the first female President in Southern Africa.

African Union/NEPAD African Action Plan 2010‐2015

AU/NEPAD African Action Plan (AAP) 2010‐2015: Advancing Regional and Continental Integration in Africa is the defining statement of Africa’s current priority programmes and projects related to the promotion of regional and continental integration, anchored in NEPAD’s Guiding Principles.

To read the AAP, click here.

New Partnership for Africa’'s Development

The New Partnership for Africa’'s Development (NEPAD) is a pledge by African leaders, based on a common vision and a firm and shared conviction, that they have a pressing duty to eradicate poverty and to place their countries, both individually and collectively, on a path of sustainable growth and development and, at the same time, to participate actively in the world economy and body politic. NEPAD is anchored on the determination of Africans to extricate themselves and the continent from the malaise of underdevelopment and exclusion in a globalising world.

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