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AU leaders pledge unity, integration at first day of Summit

Published on June 15, 2015

The African Union (AU) believes it could achieve its Agenda 2063 goal of a prosperous and technologically-advanced continent at peace with itself if leaders speed up the process of integration and adopt the continental Free Trade Area proposals.

This comes as AU leaders opened their 25th Ordinary Session of the African Union Heads of State Summit, in Johannesburg, on Sunday night, with pledges to do more to promote unity on the continent, accelerate the implementation of the first years of Agenda 2063 blue print, fight terrorist groups like Boko Haram, address African migrants crisis and fight diseases like Ebola.

The theme of the summit is “a Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063" and is dedicated at placing attention on the development of women on the continent.

Although the official opening ceremony of the summit started several hours late, when it eventually began at around 4pm, leaders wasted no time and spelled out their plans for the continent challenged by poverty, diseases and under development. First to speak was President Jacob Zuma who used his address to call on leaders to address the scourge of conflicts which has escalated to terrorism. Read more. Source | South African