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AU summit focuses on development, peace, security

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Added On February 11, 2020

The 33rd session of the African Union (AU) summit has opened in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.

 
Speakers at the session have voiced views on development, peace and security, as well as economic empowerment of women in Africa. 
 
In his opening remarks on Sunday, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU commission, noted that both manmade and natural disasters are challenging livelihoods of Africans, underlining on the need to have solidarity and strengthened efforts to address those problems. 
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): MOUSSA FAKI MAHAMAT, Chairperson of AU Commission 
"Our countries have made significant efforts in order to respond to the various challenges and demands. These efforts must be maintained and strengthened in order to avoid that our youth could take the perils path of immigration or to seek refuge in the terrorist doctrines." 
 
The incoming chair of AU, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa noted that Africans should take the opportunity created by the African continental free trade area to spur industrialization, and thereby achieve Africa's aspiration of integration and prosperity.
 
In his opening remarks, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres noted significant improvements in living standards in Africa, and also warned of other potential crises. 
 
SOUNDBITE3(ENGLISH): ANTONIO GUTERRES , The UN Secretary General 
"But, progress remains slow and uneven when it comes to eradicating poverty and ending exclusion.COP25 was a disappointment. It is imperative that we work together to make COP26 a success so Africa can receive the support and resources it needs. There is also a link between climate change and the unprecedented locust crisis plaguing Ethiopia and East Africa.
 
Guterres has also underlined on the need that peace, social cohesion and sustainable development requires women's contribution and leadership.