44th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council opens


The 44th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council has commenced at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa. Over the course of two days, African foreign ministers are convening to discuss advancing the continent on matters of peace, security, regional integration, and development.

In preparation for the upcoming 37th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU Heads of State and Government, the Council is tasked with evaluating progress in resolving alarming security issues and conflicts within several member states. It is also charged with developing innovative, sustainable solutions to these crises, with the aim of restoring peace.

For 2024, the AU is placing a significant emphasis on education and training. The year's theme, "Educating an Africa Fit for the 21st Century: Building Resilient Education Systems for Increased Access to Inclusive, Quality Lifelong Learning," underscores this focus.

The Acting President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Hon. Dr. Ashebir W. Gayo is leading the PAP delegation to ensure that the voices of African Parliamentarians are integral to the advancement of the continental agenda. The Executive Council is also expected to advise on various operational aspects and continuity parliamentary of Parliamentary business at the PAP.

The third Vice President, Hon. Lucia Dos Passos, numerous PAP members, and Secretariat representatives, all present in Addis Ababa as part of the PAP delegation.

As a reminder, Executive Council, comprising Ministers of Foreign Affairs or their appointed delegates, is responsible for coordinating and deciding on policies in areas pertinent to Member States’ interests. The Council is accountable to the Assembly, deliberates on matters forwarded to it, and oversees the execution of Assembly-formulated policies.