AU permanent representatives kicks off in Addis with a call for action towards women empowerment

Addis Ababa, January 24, 2015 (GMN) - The 29th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee of the African Union has kicked off at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The session has started against the backdrop of discussions to launch 2015 as the “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”,which is the theme of the 24th African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government scheduled to hold on 30 and 31st January 2015. 

Speaking on behalf of the AU Commission Chairperson during the opening ceremony of the Session, the Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, Erastus Mwencha, has highlighted that the time has come for Africa to move in one direction to put the continent on solid grounds in its urge for success as a united, integrated and a prosperous continent that is at peace with itself. 

“We must move in one direction and that is upward,” Mwencha said during the opening session.  

Mwencha has stressed that, given the different challenges Africa is facing today, time has come for the continent to move from speeches to action, thus the need to effectively launch the Africa Agenda 2063. He has also called on all Africans to be part of this process of change. 

The AU Deputy Chairperson has also pointed out that, by establishing the African Support to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASWEOWA), the continent has demonstrated its capacity to mobilize and stand as one to protect the African continent from the devastating Ebola crisis that has caused the death of thousands of citizens.  

“That is why the AUC has developed a sensitisation campaign to raise awareness and engage all Africans in the different crises responses programs of the AUC. There is much to do and no more time to waste.....We need to have courage and political will to do great things” said Mwencha. 

Composed of Permanent Representatives of Member States accredited to the Union and other duly accredited plenipotentiaries of AU Member States based in Addis Ababa, the Permanent Representatives Committee will for two days deliberate and submit their report to the Executive Council who will be meeting at their 26th Ordinary on 26 and 27 January 2015, for consideration and adoption.


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