Statement by the HRVP Federica Mogherini on the arrival of Libyan Presidency Council in Tripoli

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The arrival of the Presidency Council in the capital represents a unique opportunity for Libyans from all factions to reunite and reconcile on the basis of the Libyan Political Agreement. This is an important step for Libya’s democratic transition and for the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement, in line with the wishes of the Libyan people.

It is crucial for Libyan institutions, actors and stakeholders, to show support and work with the Presidency Council and the Government National Accord.

The EU and its Member States reiterate its full commitment to support Libya and to accompany the full implementation of the political agreement, working in close partnership with the GNA.

The EU has a package of immediate and substantial support totalling 100m€ in a number of different areas. The implementation will be prioritised upon the request of the Libyan authorities.

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The arrival of the Presidency Council in the capital represents a unique opportunity for Libyans from all factions to reunite and reconcile on the basis of the Libyan Political Agreement. This is an important step for Libya’s democratic transition and for the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement, in line with the wishes of the Libyan people.

It is crucial for Libyan institutions, actors and stakeholders, to show support and work with the Presidency Council and the Government National Accord.

The EU and its Member States reiterate its full commitment to support Libya and to accompany the full implementation of the political agreement, working in close partnership with the GNA.

The EU has a package of immediate and substantial support totalling 100m€ in a number of different areas. The implementation will be prioritised upon the request of the Libyan authorities.

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A pioneering webinar to bring together Supplier Management representatives from Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Tunisian aerospace manufacturers

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In partnership with the Tunisian Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA) (www.InvestInTunisia.tn), the USAID-financed Business Reform & Competitiveness Project (BRCP) sponsored a pioneering webinar to bring together Supplier Management representatives from Boeing Defense, Space & Security (www.Boeing.com/defense) and Tunisian aerospace manufacturers.

Boeing presented eligibility requirements and a road map for what it takes to become a Boeing supplier, after which FIPA provided an overview of the Tunisian aerospace industry. In this regard, there are over 70 companies in the aerospace industry in Tunisia, primarily supplying European Union markets. FIPA also presented Tunisia’s value proposition, driven by a highly competitive cost structure and an excellent training infrastructure, which continues to produce highly trained engineers and technical specialists. The presentation also highlighted the cutting edge aerospace production capacity which exists in Tunisia, including a Tunisian light plane manufactured for international markets.

Four Tunisian aerospace companies presented their operations and products. Each company highlighted their technical and quality management capabilities across a broad array of aerospace supply chain activities that included assembly, engineering, metal sheet fabrication, precision mechanics, mechatronics, electronics boxes, aero-structures, wire harnesses, aircraft interiors and technical plastics.

The event provided a unique opportunity for a number of high tech Tunisian enterprises to communicate directly with the US aerospace leader and to receive valuable feedback as they look to expand brand visibility in international markets. As the session came to a close, the representatives of Boeing, FIPA, and the Tunisian companies agreed to continue their dialogue. The webinar represents a successful first step towards the establishment of aerospace business linkages with Boeing.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Agence de Promotion de l’Investissement Extérieur (FIPA) – Tunisie.

For more information, please contact:

Mr Beligh Ben Soltane, Marketing & Communication Director ([email protected]), and/or Mr Abdelbasset Ghanmi, Sector Marketing Director ([email protected]), FIPA Tunisia, Ms Eya Chemli, BRCP/Pragma Corp. ([email protected])

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9TH Annual JointMeetings of the AU Specialized Technical Committee on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and integrated and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic development Experts

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INVITATION TO MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES

What: 9TH Annual Joint Meetings of the AU Specialized Technical Committee on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and integrated and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic development Experts

When: 31 March − 5 April 2016

Where: Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Who: African Union Commission and UN Economic and Social Council

Participants: Ministers and representatives of member States, regional economic communities, United Nations agencies, pan-African financial institutions, African academic and research institutions, development partners and other intergovernmental organizations. Invitations will also be extended to other cooperating partners, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

Objectives:

Provide insights as to how an integrated and harmonized approach for the execution of Agenda 2063 and its first ten-year implementation plan and the Sustainable Development Goals could be designed and implemented at the Member State level

Provide guidance on mechanisms for the development of an integrated and harmonized approach, in order to contribute coherently to the achievement of Agenda 2063.

Expected outcomes:

Recommendations on a unified approach for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Agenda 2063, the first ten-year

Implementation plan and the Sustainable Development Goals;

Guidance on the mechanisms for developing such a unified approach.

Journalists are invited to cover the Meeting of the Committee of Experts on 31st March to 5THApril 2016

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Validation Meeting for the Review of the Decade Plan of Action and Youth Mainstreaming Guideline

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The Department of Human Resources, Sciences and Technology (HRST) today 30th March 2016 convened a review of the decade plan of action and youth mainstreaming in the continent. This is with an aim of tracking the progress so far of the implementation of Decade Plan of Action (DPoA) and chart the course for the remaining decade onwards. The DPoA was developed so as to ensure the implementation of the African Youth Charter. It is to serve as a response to the need for strengthened national capacities to deliver more effectively on youth empowerment and development.

During the opening of the validation meeting for the DPoA, the Commissioner of Human Resource, Science and Technology (HRST), H.E Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga stated that the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union declared the year 2009 to 2018 as the decade on youth development in Africa. He underscored that the review was also necessary to take account of emerging issues including the adoption of Agenda 2063. The HRST department engaged a consultant to look into the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and coherence in the delivery of the overall AUC’s youth divisions program and recommend ways in which the Youth Division may increase its effectiveness of the program delivery in the remaining part of the decade and further on. A comprehensive document on this review shall be presented during the Banjul+10 commemoration in May 2016.

Giving her introductory remarks Dr. Beatrice Njenga, Acting Head of the Youth Division, underscored the urgent need to establish a youth friendly African Union Commission as a key performance indicator to strengthen the institutional capacity and significantly meet the resource requirement needed to promote, support and finance the youth development and empowerment in the continent. She added that youth mainstreaming is thus a key mandate to be achieved and this document provides the necessary guidance and structure towards accomplishing that.

Mr. Victor Mensah, Consultant with the Centre for Youth Development Services (CYDS), elaborated on the methodology used in the assignment which included questionnaires distributed online to AUC, Regional Economic Committees (RECs), private sector, government officials, Youth Leaders and Youths across the continent. He further expressed the need for changes to be made for the successful implementation of the bridge work plan specifically ensuring gender parity. Awareness should also be raised on the African Youth Charter to ensure effective results. It is also recommended that AUC-Youth Division uses Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) approach to enable stakeholders actively contribute to the process. The consultant suggested that the planning for implementation should begin immediately.

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APRM CEO briefs AU Commission Chairperson on its revitalization

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The Chief Executive Officer of the APRM Secretariat, Prof. Eddie Maloka, has briefed the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on the ongoing revitalization of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

The APRM CEO was paying his first courtesy visit to the AU Commission two months into his new assignment, on the margins of an Experts Group meeting under the theme: “Revitalization of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM): Strategizing, Planning, and Developing Improved Review Methodologies.”

During their meeting, they discussed the rejuvenation of the APRM, particularly taking into consideration new continental and international frameworks such as Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. In this regard, they exchanged views on the possibility of the APRM taking over the responsibility of monitoring and evaluating Agenda 2063’s implementation, in addition to its other peer-review responsibilities.

The AU Commission Chairperson expressed her delight in seeing the reviving of APRM, adding that, “It would be really great to see the APRM get to a point where, we can rate ourselves in an objective and impartial manner, using our own mechanism. We would use it to correct what needs to be corrected and improve what needs to be improved upon.”

They also reflected on the potential role of the APRM becoming a continental rating agency, as well as its integration into the African Union.

The Experts Group Meeting, discussing the APRM’s revitalization strategy, is taking place on 29-30 March, 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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African Union Hosts Partners Meeting on the 10 year Celebration of the African Youth Charter

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The Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology and Social Affairs hosted a partners meeting with key stakeholders in youth development to reflect on the African Youth Agenda and prepare for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the African Youth Charter as well as for the second session of the Specialised Technical Committee on Youth Culture and Sports(STC-YCS). The celebrations are meant to take stock of the achievements and successes that have taken place and renew efforts toward a prosperous Africa led by its young people, while also showcasing success stories of youth as social and technical entrepreneurs creating jobs and prosperity and promoting human rights especially for women. There will be a youth forum from which the report will be presented to the session of the STC-YCS.

The Charter was endorsed in Banjul, The Gambia in July 2006 by the African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government. It outlines the rights, freedoms and duties pertaining to young people and calls on all states to respect, protect, uphold and promote them without discrimination. The charter which has to date, been ratified by 36 Member States is also considerate of the economic, political and social development of Africa through a continental integration.

Speaking at the meeting, Dr Beatrice Njenga, acting head of the youth division presented the concept of the celebrations. She appreciated and urged the stakeholders working on youth development to express their commitments towards supporting Banjul +10 celebrations and the STC on Youth, Culture and Sports.

In addition, Ms Prudence Ngwenya, Senior Policy Officer of the Youth Division, explained that the emergence of Agenda 2063 and other topical and global issues necessitates a relook at the African Youth Charter as we celebrate 10 years of its existence.The celebration of the 10year anniversary of the African Youth Charter and the 2ndSpecialised Technical Committee (STC) on Youth, Culture and Sports, which the Government of Gambia offered to host, will take place from 21 – 25 May 2016 in Banjul, The Gambia.

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AU statement at the open debate of the UN Security Council on “women, peace and security”

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Madame President,

On behalf of the AU Commission, allow me to start by congratulating you for convening this timely and very important debate. I would like also to thank you for giving us the opportunity to brief the Security Council and share the African Union’s views on a matter of great importance to it.

Your presence Madame Minister to preside over today’s discussions stresses the critical importance of this debate and bears witness to your country’s commitment to the fundamental principles and objectives of the UN Charter as well as to its determination to make a substantial contribution to the work of the UN Security Council.

I thank the previous speakers for their insightful presentations.

Madame President,

Distinguished Members of the Security Council,

Today’s debate is an excellent opportunity that we must seize to demonstrate our commitment to take forward the ambitious recommendations emerging from the recent UN policy reviews on peace and security issues.

The role of women in preventing and resolving conflicts must be a reality rather than a statement which dates back several decades. Our discourse on this issue must stop looking at women merely as victims, but rather recognize and encourage their demonstrated capacities to be part of peace and development efforts.

Experiences of many countries have clearly shown that lasting peace cannot be achieved and reconstruction will never succeed with half the population excluded and marginalized. To cite an example, you may recall the decisive role played by the women of Liberia in the signing of the 2003 Accra Peace agreement through the efforts of “the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace”. Africa cannot afford to ignore the role of women, if we are to realize the vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful continent.

Madame President,

The issue of “women, peace and security” remains a priority both on the agenda of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government, as well as on that of the AU Peace and Security Council. Indeed, the African Union declared 2010-2020 the “African Women Decade” with the overarching theme of “gender equality and women’s empowerment”. The year 2015 was dedicated to “Women empowerment and development towards Agenda 2063”, while the Year 2016 is “the year of human rights with particular focus on the rights of women”.

By choosing to bring women at the center of the continental deliberations, the Africa Union was reiterating the continent’s resolve to addressing all forms of barriers that impede the emancipation of women and girls in Africa and strengthen their agency and rights, through priority areas such as education, health, participation in decision-making at all levels, economic empowerment and peace and security.

In January 2014, the African Union became the first continental organization to appoint a Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, with the specific mandate to “Ensure that the voices of women and children, particularly those affected by conflict are heard and to advocate at the highest levels for the rightful participation and contribution of women in conflict resolution and peace building”.

To enhance the protection of women’s rights, the AU seeks to promote international and regional commitments on peace and security, as well as to strengthen women’s participation in peace and security efforts through the AU Peace and Security Department, the Peace and Security Council and the Panel of the Wise.

Starting with the leadership of its own paramount continental institution, Africa adopted the principle of parity and acted on it. Indeed, the AU Commission has achieved parity in its leadership and is now moving toward 50/50 work force parity in line with the AU Gender Policy adopted in 2009.

Furthermore, to enhance women’s role in peace and security, the AU Commission launched a 5 year Gender, Peace and Security Program (GPSP) (2015-2020). The Program is designed to serve as a framework for the development of effective strategies and mechanisms for women’s increased participation in the promotion of peace and security. It also aims to enhance the protection of women in conflict and post-conflict situations in Africa.

The AU has also conducted training with Member States on women peace mediators, women election observers and gender advisers, and succeeded to deploy female peacekeepers and female police in peace support operation such as in AMISOM.

Madame President,

Despite the progress made so far, a lot remains to be done to ensure women’s equal participation in conflict prevention, management and conflict resolution as well as in post-conflict peace-building. Policies exist in plenty. Where we run short is in their implementation. It is in this perspective that the African union is developing a Continental results framework to strengthen the monitoring of implementation by Member States of their commitments on women, peace and security agenda.

In our view, more effort is needed both from the UN and the AU in the following areas:

1- Increase the proportion of the women in the police component of peace operations.

2- Ensure that the terms of reference of mediation and peace building processes have a clear component of women participation, as the basis of their delivery and accountability towards the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda.

3- Make training programs on “women, peace and security” mandatory. The AU has already begun to integrate such training into its ASF program.

4- Invest more in conflict prevention and in women’s prevention initiatives.

I thank you for your kind attention.

– See more at: http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/statement-by-h-e-mr-tete-antonio-ambassador-permanent-observer-of-the-african-union-to-the-united-nations-open-debate-of-the-un-security-council-on-women-peace-and-security-the-role-of-women-in-conflict-prevention-and-resolution-in-africa-new-york-march#sthash.3b65qS6R.qsQ9Ee7x.dpuf

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AU statement at the open debate of the UN Security Council on “women, peace and security”

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Madame President,

On behalf of the AU Commission, allow me to start by congratulating you for convening this timely and very important debate. I would like also to thank you for giving us the opportunity to brief the Security Council and share the African Union’s views on a matter of great importance to it.

Your presence Madame Minister to preside over today’s discussions stresses the critical importance of this debate and bears witness to your country’s commitment to the fundamental principles and objectives of the UN Charter as well as to its determination to make a substantial contribution to the work of the UN Security Council.

I thank the previous speakers for their insightful presentations.

Madame President,

Distinguished Members of the Security Council,

Today’s debate is an excellent opportunity that we must seize to demonstrate our commitment to take forward the ambitious recommendations emerging from the recent UN policy reviews on peace and security issues.

The role of women in preventing and resolving conflicts must be a reality rather than a statement which dates back several decades. Our discourse on this issue must stop looking at women merely as victims, but rather recognize and encourage their demonstrated capacities to be part of peace and development efforts.

Experiences of many countries have clearly shown that lasting peace cannot be achieved and reconstruction will never succeed with half the population excluded and marginalized. To cite an example, you may recall the decisive role played by the women of Liberia in the signing of the 2003 Accra Peace agreement through the efforts of “the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace”. Africa cannot afford to ignore the role of women, if we are to realize the vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful continent.

Madame President,

The issue of “women, peace and security” remains a priority both on the agenda of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government, as well as on that of the AU Peace and Security Council. Indeed, the African Union declared 2010-2020 the “African Women Decade” with the overarching theme of “gender equality and women’s empowerment”. The year 2015 was dedicated to “Women empowerment and development towards Agenda 2063”, while the Year 2016 is “the year of human rights with particular focus on the rights of women”.

By choosing to bring women at the center of the continental deliberations, the Africa Union was reiterating the continent’s resolve to addressing all forms of barriers that impede the emancipation of women and girls in Africa and strengthen their agency and rights, through priority areas such as education, health, participation in decision-making at all levels, economic empowerment and peace and security.

In January 2014, the African Union became the first continental organization to appoint a Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, with the specific mandate to “Ensure that the voices of women and children, particularly those affected by conflict are heard and to advocate at the highest levels for the rightful participation and contribution of women in conflict resolution and peace building”.

To enhance the protection of women’s rights, the AU seeks to promote international and regional commitments on peace and security, as well as to strengthen women’s participation in peace and security efforts through the AU Peace and Security Department, the Peace and Security Council and the Panel of the Wise.

Starting with the leadership of its own paramount continental institution, Africa adopted the principle of parity and acted on it. Indeed, the AU Commission has achieved parity in its leadership and is now moving toward 50/50 work force parity in line with the AU Gender Policy adopted in 2009.

Furthermore, to enhance women’s role in peace and security, the AU Commission launched a 5 year Gender, Peace and Security Program (GPSP) (2015-2020). The Program is designed to serve as a framework for the development of effective strategies and mechanisms for women’s increased participation in the promotion of peace and security. It also aims to enhance the protection of women in conflict and post-conflict situations in Africa.

The AU has also conducted training with Member States on women peace mediators, women election observers and gender advisers, and succeeded to deploy female peacekeepers and female police in peace support operation such as in AMISOM.

Madame President,

Despite the progress made so far, a lot remains to be done to ensure women’s equal participation in conflict prevention, management and conflict resolution as well as in post-conflict peace-building. Policies exist in plenty. Where we run short is in their implementation. It is in this perspective that the African union is developing a Continental results framework to strengthen the monitoring of implementation by Member States of their commitments on women, peace and security agenda.

In our view, more effort is needed both from the UN and the AU in the following areas:

1- Increase the proportion of the women in the police component of peace operations.

2- Ensure that the terms of reference of mediation and peace building processes have a clear component of women participation, as the basis of their delivery and accountability towards the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda.

3- Make training programs on “women, peace and security” mandatory. The AU has already begun to integrate such training into its ASF program.

4- Invest more in conflict prevention and in women’s prevention initiatives.

I thank you for your kind attention.

– See more at: http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/statement-by-h-e-mr-tete-antonio-ambassador-permanent-observer-of-the-african-union-to-the-united-nations-open-debate-of-the-un-security-council-on-women-peace-and-security-the-role-of-women-in-conflict-prevention-and-resolution-in-africa-new-york-march#sthash.3b65qS6R.qsQ9Ee7x.dpuf

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Fiston Mwanza Mujila Announced Winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature

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Poet and novelist Fiston Mwanza Mujila was on Saturday, 19th March 2016 announced as the winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature (http://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng) for his first novel, Tram 83. Originally written in French, Tram 83 was translated into English by Roland Glasser and published by Deep Vellum. 35-year-old Mujila is the first Francophone writer to win the prestigious Etisalat Prize, the first ever pan-African prize that celebrates debut fiction books by African authors.

Fiston Mujila was announced winner by the Chair of judges, Ato Quayson, at the award ceremony held at Intercontinental Lagos Hotel, which was broadcast live on Hip TV and viewed by over 30 million people across Africa. The event was also live-streamed on the internet.

Mujila was presented with a £15,000 cheque, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück and an Iphone 6S. He will also have the opportunity to attend the Etisalat Fellowship, worth £13,000, at the prestigious University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, under the mentorship of Professor Giles Foden.

Born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, in 1981, Mujila studied Literature and Human Sciences at Lubumbashi University. He now lives in Graz, Austria and is pursuing a PhD in Romance Languages. He has won many accolades for his writing, including the Gold Medal at the 6th Jeux de la Francophone in Beirut as well as the Best Text for Theater (State Theater, Mainz) in 2010. His writings are a response to the socio-political turbulence of post-independence Congo.

Tram 83 is the first novel by a DR Congo writer to be translated into English in over two decades. The novel centres around Lucien, an idealistic writer sucked into the dystopian world of his friend, Requiem, a gangster who reigns supreme in the outrageous, extravagant and glamorously debauched nightlife of a secessionist City-State. The Tram 83 of the title is a nightclub that forms the heart of the crumbling city, in which Requiem and a cast of colourful characters feast.

The judging panel for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature was chaired by Ato Quayson, Professor of English and inaugural Director of the Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Toronto. The panel also comprised writer and editor, Molara Wood; and Zukiswa Wanner, author of Men of the South and London Cape Town Joburg.

The distinguished Patrons of the Etisalat Prize are: noted writer Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana); Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Dele Olojede (Nigeria); Former deputy editor of Granta magazine and former senior editor at Jonathan Cape, Random House, Ellah Allfrey, OBE (UK, Zimbabwe); writer and scholar, Kole Omotoso (Nigeria); Editor, writer, broadcaster and co-founder of Allison & Busby, Margaret Busby, OBE (UK/Ghana); and novelist, poet and playwright, Zakes Mda (South Africa).

At the award ceremony on the 19th March, 2016 the Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria Matthew Willsher, said, “We are delighted again to celebrate the richness and strength of African literature. Etisalat Prize for Literature bears out this year’s theme, ‘Representing the Diversity of African Voices’. Diversity is somehow wonderful in its own right, but its importance is not for its intangible beauty, it is that diversity is a huge source of innovation. Africa’s diversity is increasingly recognised as it brings new approaches to world literature while innovation is very important in the literary world.”

In line with its vision of promoting up and coming writers, Etisalat will sponsor a book tour to three African cities. The Etisalat Prize also aims to promote the publishing industry at large and will therefore purchase 1000 copies of shortlisted books for donation to schools, book clubs and libraries across Africa.

In attendance at the award ceremony were notable personalities including: The Deputy Governor of Lagos State and Commissioner of Education, Dr. Idiat Adebule (represented by her Permanent Secretary, Dr. Olusola Yinka Ayandele); Commissioner of Science and Technology of Lagos State, Femi Odubiyi; Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Majority Leader, Federal House of Representatives; Professors Femi Osofisan and Ahmed Yerima (playwrights); Prof. Remi Raji (poet), Dr. Frank Edozien; thespians Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Genevieve Nnaji and Bimbo Akintola; and members of Etisalat Nigeria Board, Prof. Isabella Okagbue and Junaid Dikko. Performances were by singers K. Peace, Darey Art-Alade and Asa.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Etisalat.

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About the Prize:

The Etisalat Prize for Literature (http://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng) is the prestigious pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books. The Prize aims to serve as a platform for the discovery of new creative talent out of the continent and invariably promote the burgeoning publishing industry in Africa.

By recognizing and celebrating writers and other members of the literary community across Africa, Etisalat plans to bring some much needed awareness and acclaim to new fiction while also applauding and rewarding the efforts of those who have distinguished themselves in the craft in recent times.

At the core of Etisalat’s vision is promoting passion, nurturing talent and providing a platform for communicating ideas. The ‘Etisalat Prize for Literature’ wholly embodies this vision, bringing together celebrated writers, critics, academics and book lovers from across the continent and beyond in order to give credence and honour to ‘home-grown’ talent while also rewarding new entrants and encouraging further participation in this area.

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UN Human Rights Committee publishes findings on South Africa, Namibia, Sweden, New Zealand, Slovenia, Costa Rica, Rwanda

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The UN Human Rights Committee has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session: South Africa, Namibia, Sweden, New Zealand, Slovenia, Costa Rica and Rwanda.

The findings, officially termed concluding observations, contain positive aspects of the respective State’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and also main matters of concern and recommendations. The concluding observations are published here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1016&Lang=en

The Human Rights Committee, composed of 18 international independent experts, monitors implementation of the ICCPR by States that have ratified the Covenant.

It will next meet from 20 June to 15 July to review Argentina, Burkina Faso, Denmark, Ecuador, Ghana, Kazakhstan and Kuwait. More information here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1031&Lang=en

Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always – #4Freedoms

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) are marking their 50th anniversary in 2016. The UN Human Rights Office is running a campaign, entitled “Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always”, throughout the year to promote and raise awareness of the two treaties. The campaign is focusing on the timeless themes of rights and freedoms, in particular freedom from fear, freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom from want, and the work that continues to secure and ensure them. Check the campaign website at http://2covenants.ohchr.org

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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The African Union Commission and the European Commission meet to address shared EU-Africa challenges

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The African Union Commission and the European Commission will hold their annual College-to-College meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This is the biggest EU-Africa event of the year.

Discussions will focus on the current shared challenges facing both continents, along with the 5 priority areas of the 2014-2017 Roadmap: (i) peace and security; (ii) democracy, good governance and human rights; (iii) human development; (iv) sustainable and inclusive development and growth and continental integration; (v) global and emerging issues.

The meeting aims in particular to further address stability challenges and the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa. It will also identify opportunities for mutual benefits towards sustainable and inclusive development. In addition, the meeting will look ahead to the next Africa-EU Summit, which is to take place in 2017 in Africa.

The background:

College-to-College meetings between the European Commission and the African Union Commission (AUC) are held annually since 2008 to provide momentum to the Africa-EU Partnership. They bring together the two Commissions for political and policy dialogue to provide oversight and strategic guidance for the partnership going forward. The meetings are held on an alternating basis in Brussels and Addis Ababa.

The 4th Africa-EU Summit of April 2014 reaffirmed a commitment of the 2007 Joint Africa-EU Strategy and the ambition to deepen political dialogue and cooperation. The principle of EU-AU Summits every three years, annual College-to-College meetings, and Peace and Security Council-to-Political and Security Committee meetings was confirmed, to be complemented by regular high level contacts between European and African Leaders on common challenges and crisis situations (e.g. Valletta).

The event:

The 8th College-to-College meeting between the European Commission and the African Union Commission will be held on 7 April 2016 in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of European Union Delegation to the African Union.

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