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       Statement by the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission,
                            H.E. Mr. Erastus Mwencha

                     ASSEMBLY OF THE AFRICAN UNION

Sharm El Sheikh, June 25, 2008- The Eleventh Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African
Union Heads of State and Government will take place from 30 June to 1st July 2008, in Sharm El-
Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt. Several African Heads of States, development partners, United
Nations representatives and representatives from other international organisations are expected to

The theme of this year’s July Summit is “Meeting the Millennium Development Goals on Water and
Sanitation”. The Summit will also focus on the increase in the prices of food and agricultural

The opening ceremony of the Assembly on the 30th of June will include an official welcoming
statement and remarks on the theme by H.E. Mr. Hosni Mubarak, President of the Arab Republic of
Egypt. The official opening statement will be delivered by the African Union Chairperson Mr.
Jakaya Kikwete, who is also the President of the United Republic of Tanzania. A statement will also
be made by AUC Commission Chairperson Mr. Jean Ping.

The meeting will also consider the current food crisis, which will be introduced by H. E. Mr. Hosni
Mubarak. AUC Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Mrs. Rhoda P. Tumusiime, the
Chair of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation
(UNSGGAD); and League of Arab States Secretary General Mr. Amr Moussa. Representatives from
Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) will speak on food

Other meetings taking place during this period are:

      The 16th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), June 24 – 25,
      Meetings of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), June 26 – 29, 2008.
      The 13th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, June 27 - 28, 2008.
      The 19th Summit of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee
       (HSGIC), June 29, 2008.
      Committee of Ten Heads of State on the United Nations Reforms, June 29, 2008.
      Peace and Security Council at Summit Level, June 29, 2008.
      Meeting of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), June 30,
      Committee of Twelve Heads of State and Government on Union Government will submit its
       report to the Assembly.

On the other hand, the Assembly is also expected to consider a number of issues proposed by
Member States. These include: Cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union; the
Afro-Arab Cooperation, and integration of the Regional Economic Communities amongst others.

Main outputs of The Eleventh Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of
State and Government will be the reform of the AU Commission, food security, progress on the
Millennium Development Goals, economic integration of the continent amongst others.

The African Union wishes to thank the Government and the people of Egypt for the warm welcome
and hospitality accorded to all delegation; and for the tremendous efforts made in hosting this
Summit and making available to us these excellent conference facilities.

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