32nd African Union summit kicks off

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Added On February 12, 2019

 The two-day summit is held under the theme, "Refugees, Returnees, and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa".

 
Issues related to forced displacement and refugees in Africa as well as the ongoing reform of the Union, peace and security are among the top agendas of the summit.
 
In his opening remark, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said the issue of forced displacements in Africa remains sadly remarkable.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH)MOUSSA?FAKI?MAHAMAT,AU Commission Chairperson
"Indeed it is important to tackle more deeply the root causes of the phenomenon, in parallel with the acceleration of the operationalization of the African humanitarian agency."
 
On the other hand, Mahamat has hailed the progress on the ongoing institutional and financial reform of the Union, whereby he said steady progress is being made while accountability being improved.
 
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres underlined the need to strengthen combined efforts on three major challenges, including, peace and security, sustainable development, and climate change.
 
SOUNDBITE: ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General
"On peace and security, strong winds of hope are blowing across the African continent. The UN surge in diplomacy for peace is producing results. The?fruits of our strategic partnerships are making a difference."
 
At the opening of the summit, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah?al-Sisi took over the rotating AU chairmanship from President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.