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Briefing on the African Union Heads of State Summit Addis Ababa, 21st – 31st January 2014

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2014 has been declared the “Year of Agriculture and Food Security”. In their 50 Anniversary’s Declaration in May 2013, African Heads of State and Governments made a commitment to “preserve our arable land for current and future generations, develop our rural economies, our agricultural production and ag ro-processing to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, as well as achieve food security and self-sufficiency”. In addition, “Agricultural production and the development of the agro-processing to ensure food security” is one of the 8 priorities of the new African Union Commission Strategic Plan approved in May 2013. The precise theme of the year is formulated as follows: “Transforming Africa’s Agriculture for Shared Prosperity, through harnessing opportunities for inclusive growth and sustainable development”. Sub-themes for the year 2014:  Increased agriculture production, productivity and value addition  Functioning agricultural markets (country and regional markets& trade)  Increased investment financing (public & private) along the agriculture value chains  Towards ending hunger in Africa by 2025:  Building resilience to address vulnerability to risks th

During the January 2014 Summit, AU Heads of State will officially launch the ‘Year of Agriculture and Food Security, marking the 10 Anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme – CAADP'' but no in-depth policy discussion/decision is expected on this topic. The AU has commissioned a number of studies related to the theme of the year. A special Ministerial Meeting (Agriculture, Rural Development, Fishing, Finance etc...) will be organized in the course of the year to review the reports of those studies. The Ministerial report will be tabled for the July 2014 Summit.

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So, what are the issues likely to dominate this January Summit? Given the on-going conflict situation in CAR, South Sudan and the new developments in DRC: Conflicts and Peace and Security in Africa: will surely dominate the summit, mainly CAR, South Sudan, DRC, Somalia. The Summit is also expected to deliberate inter alia on the items below:              

Assessment of the African Standby Force and the operationalization of the African capacity for immediate Response (ACRIC) Appointment of 10 new members of the Peace and Security Council for 2 years Appointment a New Chairperson of the African Union (Likely from North Africa) to take from Ethiopian Prime Minister Proposal to extend AUHIP’s mandate to the Horn of Africa HLP Report on fragile states Climate change negotiations (COP 19): President Jakaya Kikwete African Trade Committee Report: President Idriss Deby NEPAD: President Macky Sall African Common Position on Post 2015 Development Agenda: President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson Africa and the ICC Alternative Sources of Financing the AU/ Obasanjo Report: Ministers of Finance and Economic Planning were charged to explore additional proposals by Member States and to report to the Assembly Protocol on the African Court of Justice and Human Rights and Decision to grant criminal jurisdiction to the court to deal with international crimes. Assessment of recommendations on the establishment of an international constitutional court AU Agenda 2063 framework

The Key Dates of the Summit are: 21-23 January 2014: Permanent Representative Committee of Ambassadors (PRC); 24 – 26 Jan 2014: Ministerial Retreat, 27-28 January th nd 2014: 24 Ordinary Session of the Executive Council (MoFA); 30-31 January 2014: 22 Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government

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UNOFFICIAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS Last update: 10 January 2014 See AU Official Calendars on: http://summits.au.int/en/22ndsummit Date th

17 2014

Event January,

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Launch of the AU Compendium 2 English version)

edition (French and

Nature of event: open/closed

Contact for more information

Venue

Open

Rinret Dabeng Mobile: +251 92 209 9597 Rinret.Dabeng@oxfaminternational.org

Electronic Launch and distribution of hard copies

Open, Registration required

Jeggan Grey-Johnson Advocacy & Communications Officer AfriMAP Email: JegganGJ@osisa.org tel: +27 (0) 11 587 5000 Cell: +27 (0) 83 620 0578 web: www.afrimap.org

TBC

Organizers: Oxfam International

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19 January, 2014 TBC

Civil Society Consultation and strategy meeting on key pending issues: AU-ABC, ECOSOCC, Pan Africa Parliament etc. Organizers/ partner : AfriMap, Open Society, CCPAU, PALU, Oxfam, Sudan Consortium

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20, 21 and 22 January 2014.

CSO Forum on Sudan and South Sudan -Third Session

Invitation only

Objectives:

Brenda Prempeh

TBC

Programme Director - Advocacy Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre Email: brenda@darfurcentre.ch Tel: +41 22 747 00 89 Cell +41 77 510 17 40

1. Map-out the obstacles to full enjoyment of human rights and the realisation of durable peace in Sudan, 2. Elaborate advocacy options to strengthen links and collaboration with intergovernmental organisations (African Union, United Nations, Arab League, and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) 3. Harmonise advocacy activities of Sudan-focused civil society groups and present their collective vision and position on the on-going situation.

21 – 23 January

AU Gender Pre-Summit

Invitation only

21-23 January

27 Permanent Representatives Committee Session (PRC) – Ambassador representing all member States will discuss key issues on the Summit agenda and prepare the work of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs

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Lobby, Networking and advocacy opportunity for CSOs for observers

AUC Women Development and Gender Directorate (WGGD): Rahel Fantaye <RahelF@africa-union.org> AU Commission www.africa-union.org

TBC

1/Solomon A. Dersso, PhD Institute for Security Studies/ Tel +251 11 372 11/54/5/6 Cell +251 910 426 974 Email: sayeledersso@issafrica.org

ISS Office, Ababa: 9-13

Medium Conference Hall (NCC

Organizers/Partners: AU Commission st

21 January 2014

Public pre-AU Summit Seminar: Features of the 22 Summit

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AU

Organizers/Partners: ISS, OSI, CCP-AU, International Alert/ Oxfam

Open, Registration required

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Ambassador

Phillip

Addis

Kapuuli

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kapuuli@issafrica.org

23 January 2014

23-24 January

From Non-Interference to Non-Indifference: Reflecting on the Implementation of the Article 4(h) Agenda on the African Union Organizers/Partners: The Pan African Lawyers Union, the Stanley Foundation, and the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), rd 23 Gender Is My Agenda Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting On Gender Mainstreaming In The African Union

Registration Required

Ms. Megan Schmidt at schmidt@responsibilitytoprotect.org

Hilton Hotel 11:00 – 16:00

Lonnie Buchanan" <lbuchanan@stanleyfoundation.org>

By invitation only

Victoria Luyima Advocacy Officer, Addis Ababa Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) C/o UNECA P.O. Box 3001 Addis Ababa Email : advocacyaddis@fasngo.org Website : www.fasngo.org

The United Nations Conference Centre (UNECA) in Addis Ababa.

Ministerial Retreat: Discussions will include Alternative Source of funding of the AU Organiers: AUC Luncheon offered by Oxfam Liaison Office with the AU: Briefing and Orientation to the Summit for Non-State Actors.

By invitation only

AUC

Bahr Dar, Ethiopia

Registration Required

12 :00 – 14 :00 ; Ambassador Hotel TBC

26 January

BRICS Seminar (Closed small session) half day in afternoon

by invitation only

26th January

Inter-Agency CSOs Press Conference on the AU Summit: Various CSO will express their views and recommendations on the issues to be discussed by the Summit

Open

Rinret Dabeng: Oxfam’s Capacity Development Coordinator: Tel.: +251 11 661 1601 | Mobile: +251 92 209 9597 | Rinret.Dabeng@oxfaminternational.org CSVR and CCP-AU: Ms. Carnita Ernest <director@ccpau.org> Idriss Ali Nassah Tel: + 251 11 661 1601 Idriss.nassah@oxfaminternational.org

The GIMAC will review the implementation of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa while reflecting on the theme of the AU Summit Organizers: Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) /GIMAC 24 26 January

25 January

Organizers/Partners: Consortium, FIDH

Oxfam,

Crisis

Action,

TBC Afternoon TBC

Sudan

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26th January

27-28 January

Launch of the PRC booklet and Poster

Open to observers

Organizers: AUC - DIC /Oxfam th Twenty fourth (24 ) Ordinary Session of the Executive Council (Ministers of Foreign Affairs): Ministers of Foreign Affairs of all AU Member States will meet and take most of the decisions of the Summit.

Lobby, Networking and advocacy opportunity for CSOs

Rinret Dabeng Mobile: +251 922 099597 Rinret.Dabeng@oxfaminternational.org AU Commission www.africa-union.org

AU Commission

Multi-Purpose (NCC)

Large Conference Hall (NCC)

Organizers/Partners: AU Commission

27 January

27 January

Lunch offered by H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission (Launch of the AU Handbook)

By Invitation only

AU Commission www.africa-union.org

Reception hosted by H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Minister Of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

By Invite only

AU Commission www.africa-union.org

Hall

13.00 – 15.00 hrs Sheraton Hotel 19.00 – 21.00 hrs.

27-31 January

Meetings of the organization of African first ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA)

By Invite only

AU Commission www.africa-union.org

TBD 15.00 to 19.00 hrs

28 January

28/29 January

29 January

Meeting of High level committee on African trade

From Subsistence to Success: Year of Agriculture High Level Dialogue Organizer: ONE International th 29 Summit of the NEPAD Heads of state and government orientation committee (HSGOC)

By Invite only Lobby, Networking advocacy opportunity

and

By invite only

By Invite only Lobby, Networking advocacy opportunity

AU Commission www.africa-union.org

Nachilala Nkombo nachilala.nkombo@one.org,

and

AU Commission www.africa-union.org

TBD 18.00 – 20.00 hrs

Email:

TBC

Medium Conférences Hall (NCC 10:00 – 12:00 hrs

Lobby, Networking and advocacy

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30 January

WORKING LUNCHEON (Intergenerational Youth Forum organized with the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation)

By invitation only

AU Commission www.africa-union.org

30 January

Banquet hosted by H.E. Ato Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister Of The Federal Democratic Republic Of Ethiopia

By invitation only

AU Commission www.africa-union.org

Multi-Purpose (NCC)

Hall

13.00 – 15.00 hrs. Sheraton Hotel

30 – 31 January

Twenty second Summit of Heads of State to discuss and approve all decisions of the Summit and elected the new President of the AU for 2014.

Lobby, Networking and advocacy opportunity for CSOs

AU Commission www.africa-union.org

19.30 – 21.30 hrs Large Conference Centre (NCC)

31 January

Working luncheon for the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) (Organized with The Ministry Of Art and culture of South Africa)

By invite only

AU Commission www.africa-union.org

Multi-Purpose (NCC

31 January

1 February

Inter-Agency CSOs Press Release on the AU Summit outcome Organizers/Partners Oxfam, FIDH, IRRI, Sudan Consortium, Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre, International Alert, SOWAR African Solidarity Conference for mobilization of support for countries emerging from conflict in Africa Joint Photo Exhibition on Somalia by Oxfam and AUC

N/A

Idriss Ali Nassah Tel: + 251 11 661 1601 Idriss.nassah@oxfaminternational.org

By invite only

AU Commission www.africa-union.org

Hall

13.00 – 15.00 hrs At the closure of the Summit

AUC

Exhibition open

Pleading Conference on Central Africa Republic

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