The Presidents, Heads of State and Governments attended over the weekend the 33rd African Union (AU) Summit in Ethiopia, which brought together over thirty African leaders, Prime Ministers, Ministers for Foreign Affairs, and members of the agencies within the United Nations system.
The Egyptian leader, H. E. Abdelfatah Al-Sisi, as acting president of the conference of AU Heads of State, co-chaired the summit with Moussa Faki Mahamat and Antonio Guterres; the presidents of the African Union commission and the United Nations General Secretary, respectively.
The summit this year has as its central theme the silencing of arms in Africa. For that reason, the leaders approved seven years ago an action plan for 2020, with the goal of doing away with arms, adopting the respective measures to promote its own agenda for peace and security.
Equatorial Guinea was present at the work through a senior delegation, led by H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who brought to the agenda the inauguration of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa, the presentation of prizes for the three winning scientists of the fifth edition of the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea prize for research in sciences, and his speech as champion of the AU theme for 2019, on Refugees, Returnees and displaced persons on the African continent.
During the two days of the work of the summit, the President of the commission presented a report in the political activities on the continent last year.
The AU congratulated the Ethiopian Prime Minister for the recent award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the United Nations, and for the combined efforts in fighting terrorism and armed conflict in all destabilised regions.
The resolution of the Libyan conflict took up great effort, and the countries forming part of the African Peace and Security Council also met to adopt measures to that end.
According to the commission, the AU set out as goals for the 2063 agenda the implementation of the project one million to 2012, the aim of which is the formal and employment emancipation of youth, the protection of women and children in regions of conflict, and the urgent issue of climate change and the environment.
The acting President of the summit, the Egyptian leader, H. E. Abdelfatah Al-Sisi, also passed on the powers to H. E. Cyril Ramaphosa as president of the organisation for the next 12 months.