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African Union Prepares for 37th Heads of States and Government Summit in Addis Ababa

The African Union is gearing up for the 37th Heads of States and Government Summit, with preparations in full swing following the commencement of the 47th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC), the primary deliberative body of the African Union.

Scheduled to take place from February 17th to 18th, 2024, this year’s summit will be conducted under the theme: “Educate an African Fit for the 21st Century: Building Resilience Education Systems for Increased Access to Inclusive, Lifelong, Quality, and Relevant Learning in Africa.”

The Executive Council will precede the Heads of States Summit, occurring from February 14th to 15th, 2024. Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Her Excellency Mrs. Rose Sakala, has affirmed that the PRC is diligently working on the necessary documentation for the forthcoming summit. 

She underscored the resonance of this year’s theme with the Zambian government’s commitment to education, citing the introduction of free education and President Hakainde Hichilema’s influential role as AU Champion for ending child marriage, which has notably encouraged the return of many girls to school.

In an official statement issued today by Zambia Embassy’s First Secretary-Press & Tourism, Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza in Ethiopia, the African Union Commission Chairperson Mousa Faki Mahamat expressed deep concern about the escalating challenges of insecurity, not only within Africa but worldwide. 

Chairperson Mahamat emphasized the urgency for countries engulfed in conflict to seek resolution, as innocent civilians continue to lose their lives on a daily basis. 

The Chairperson also highlighted the severe economic repercussions that wars impose on affected nations.

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