Via African Union
32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (10-11 February).
Below are 10 key highlights from the discussions:
- New members of the AU Peace and Security Council: The 5 member states elected for a 3-year term are: Algeria (Northern), Burundi (Central), Kenya (Eastern), Lesotho (Southern) and Nigeria (Western).
- New members of the AU Bureau of the Assembly: 2019 Chairperson – Arab Republic of Egypt (President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi); 1st Vice-Chairperson: Republic of South Africa; 2nd Vice-Chairperson: Democratic Republic of Congo; 3rd Vice-Chairperson: Republic of Niger; Rapporteur: Republic of Rwanda
- 2020 AU Chairperson: After Egypt, the Republic of South Africa will take over as AU chairperson for 2020.
- On the political situation in Burundi: The Assembly “welcomed the statement made by President Pierre Nkurunziza not to stand as candidate for the presidential election in 2020”.
- Ongoing reform of NEPAD: In June/July 2019, the Executive Council will meet “to consider and approve the Statute and Rules of Procedure of the Governance Structures of the African Union Development Agency (AUDANEPAD)”.
- APRM: The Assembly “Decided that the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) shall be an Organ of the African Union in line with Article 5 (2) of the Constitutive Act”.
- Establishment of a migration centre in Sudan: The Assembly “endorsed the Executive Council’s proposal on the establishment of the Continental Operational Centre in Sudan for combating irregular migration as a specialized technical office of the Union for combating irregular migration with particular focus on human trafficking and migrant smuggling on the continent”.
- Establishment of a migration observatory in Morocco: The Assembly “welcomed the signing, of the Host Agreement between the Kingdom of Morocco and the African Union Commission on the operationalization of the African Migration Observatory, whose role would be, inter alia, the support of existing continental initiatives on migration, through the collection, exchange, analysis and sharing of data with a view to efficiently address migration challenges”.
- Adoption of legal instruments in the following areas: Draft Treaty for the Establishment of the African Medicines Agency; Draft Statute of the African Audio Visual and Cinema Commission; Draft Statutes of the African Union International Centre for Girls’ and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA); Draft African Union Transitional Justice Policy; and Amendment to Article 35 of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance.
- Dates of the 33rd AU Summit in January 2020: 39th PRC Meeting (13-14 January 2020); 36th Executive Council Meeting (27-28 January 2020); 33rd AU Summit (30-31 January 2020).
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