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Africa leaders in Johannesburg for AU Ordinary Summit

Author Douglas/Benjamin S. Taingay
Some immediate past and present African leaders
Some immediate past and present African leaders

( 11, 2015)-The Heads of State and Government of the African Union are assembling in Johannesburg, South Africa to participate in the AU 25th Ordinary Summit.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf departed Liberia Wednesday, June 10, 2015 to join her counterparts at the AU gathering.

The Au 25th Ordinary Session convenes from Sunday June 14 to Monday, June 15 at the Sandton Convention Center.
The session’s theme is: “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063.”

An Executive Mansion release says, AU Chairperson, President Robert Mugabe, of Zimbabwe and the AU Commission Chair, NkosazanaDlamini-Zuma, will address the Summit’s opening session.

South African President, Jacob Zuma, and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, are also expected to address the opening session of the AU summit.

The African Union Summit will review several reports from various commissions and action groups that have specific mandates.

The reports will include those of the Commission on the Ebola Crisis and the Ministerial Retreat on the First Ten-Year implementation plan of the Agenda 2063.

President Johnson-Sirleaf will report on the African Peer Review Mechanism while Sierra Leonean President, Ernest Bai Koroma, will report on the Committee of Ten on the UN Reforms.

Others are reports on the Peace and Security Council on its activities and the state of peace and security in Africa.
The progress report of the Commission on Maternal, New Born and Child Health (MNCH) are other reports to be reviewed by the Au 25th Summit in South Africa.

The AU Summit will also review the report of the report from the High Level African Trade Committee, Chaired by Ghanaian President, John Mahama, the report from the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change will be coordinated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sissi.

Meanwhile, Justice Minister, Benedict Sannoh, in consultation with Vice President, Joseph Boakai, will serve as Acting Chairman of the Cabinet until President Johnson-Sirleaf returns home Tuesday, June 16.


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