Nigeria’s President Buhari has left Abuja for Addis Ababa, where he will be attending the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), under the theme “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”.
Events scheduled to take place at the meeting are as follows;
- 22nd – 23rd January 2018: 35th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives’ Committee
- 25th – 26th January 2018: 32nd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council
- 28th – 29th January 2018: 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union
More photos before the depature of President Buhari below;
The Summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is an important event that brings leaders together to discuss issues vital to the continent’s progress and prosperity. In that framework, several events related to ending hunger and boosting nutrition will be held on the margins of the Summit, and at which the United Nations will be represented.
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva will also be travelling to Addis Ababa from 26-28 January. The highlight of the Director-General’s mission will be the high-level meeting Achieving Zero Hunger in Africa by 2025, on Saturday 27 January. The meeting is co-organized by the AU Commission and Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture with support from FAO and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
The ambitious target of ending hunger in Africa by 2025 is currently not on track. FAO’s 2017 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report found that despite a prolonged decline, world hunger is on the rise again. The increase is linked to conflicts and drought that affected many countries and hit rural areas particularly hard.
Ending hunger in Africa by 2025
The high-level meeting is the follow-up to a conference held in July 2013 in Addis Ababa during which the African Union, FAO and the Lula Institute launched an initiative aimed at eradicating hunger in Africa by 2025. A year later, the results of that meeting were consolidated through the Malabo Declaration, backed by African leaders. Five years on, Saturday’s meeting brings together the original attendees and other stakeholders to assess efforts so far, renew commitments and accelerate progress.