Twenty sixth (26th) ordinary session of the assembly of the Union

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia,

MEDIA ADVISORY/ 26TH AU SUMMIT

WHAT: Official opening of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union.

Highlights for the media include:

The opening ceremony will include among others, a speech by H.E. Mr. Robert Gabriel Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Chairperson of the African Union,

Statement by H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union,

Statement by H.E. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations,

Statement by H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine and Chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee

The opening session will feature the launch of the N'gor declaration on water, security and sanitation.

Theme: "2016: African Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women".

When: Saturday 30 to Sunday 31 January 2016

Where: African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Who: The 26th Ordinary session of the assembly will officially open on Saturday 30 January 2016, in the presence of Heads of State and Government of AU member states, senior ministers, ambassadors, members of civil society and officials of the AU Commission among others.

Background: At the end of their two day meeting, the Heads of State and Government will adopt the decisions of the 28th Ordinary session of the Executive Council, decisions and declarations of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union, and agree on a date and venue of the 27th Ordinary session of the Assembly. After their deliberations, the meeting will be open to media, followed by the final press conference. The meeting of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union will officially end on Saturday 31 January 2016.

For more information on media accreditation and coverage of the Summit please visit the 26th AU Summit web link: summits.au.int/en/26thsummit/accreditation

Journalists are invited to cover the official opening and closing ceremonies of the 26th Ordinary Session of the ordinary Session of the Assembly, on 30 and 31 January 2016. They are also invited to cover the photo session before the opening of the 26th Ordinary session of the Assembly.

SOURCE

African Union Commission (AUC)