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					The African Union Commission will host the AMESD-EUMETSAT Day on 29th April 2009

In the framework of the African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD)
Eur21 million project hosted by the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union
Commission, the latter will organised the AMESD/EUMETSAT day on 29 April 2009.

The main purpose of the said event is to provide enhanced information on the status of the AMESD
program and its impact for the African Nations and (ii) to present the EUMETSAT organization and its
contribution to Africa, notably its contribution to the AMESD program.

This event will also be the occasion to launch the AMESD Thematic Receiving Station at the AUC
Headquarters and to present the contribution of the AMESD Program and the EUMETSAT in terms of
downloading vital earth observation data from the European Meteorological Satellite Organisation to
African Union Member States’ Meteorological Stations.

The installation of the receiving station is under good progress (see picture below) and should be fully
operational on 25th April 2009. The official launching ceremony, with the cutting of tape, will be held in
presence of H.E. the Deputy Chairperson of the AU, H.E. the Commissioner DREA, H.E. The Head of EU
Delegation to AUC, the Director General of EUMETSAT, the Director of the Ground Section of Thales
Alenia Space France, all Ambassadors from the AU Members states, representatives of UNEP, UNECA and

During the afternoon of the AMESD EUMETSAT Day, a technical session “AMESD and EUMETSAT: a
Sustainable Partnership” will be organized in the AUC Plenary Hall and will gather presentations on the

                        -   AMESD project
                        -   EUMETSAT and its satellites program
                        -   EUMETSAT activities in Africa
                        -   Application of EUMETSAT date and products in Africa
                        -   AMESD and EUMETSAT contribution
                        -   Added value of EUMETSAT for future African programs
Picture 1: The AMESD thematic receiving station under construction in the African Union Commission
premises at Addis Ababa (16th April 2009). Background: the AMESD Head Office at the Zelalem building
(2nd Floor).

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