PAP and African Ambassadors Discuss Challenges Facing Africa Ahead of Sixth Ordinary Session


Pan-African Parliament (PAP) leadership and African ambassadors accredited to South Africa meeting

The Bureau of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and African Ambassadors accredited to the Republic of South Africa held a traditional pre-Ordinary Session engagement at the Parliament Headquarters in Midrand. The meeting, which is a platform to agree on the priorities to be included in the PAP’s Ordinary Session, discussed political and socio-economic challenges facing the African continent, with the current conflict in Sudan being extensively discussed.

The upcoming session is expected to delve into peace and security situations with briefings from the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS). Climate change is also on the agenda, with the 3rd African Parliamentarians Summit on Climate Policy and Equity slotted for May 15 and 16. The Diplomatic Corps was briefed on the scheduled summit aimed at galvanizing support for pro-poor, just, equitable, locally-led, and science-based decisions in nationally determined contributions (NDCs) implementation and overall climate action.

The Second Ordinary Session of the Sixth PAP scheduled from 15 May to 02 June 2023, will be guided by the AU theme of the year for 2023: “The Year of AfCFTA: Acceleration of the African Continental Free Trade Area Implementation.” It will be officially opened by H.E. Azali Assoumani, President of the Union of the Comoros and Chairperson of the African Union, and H.E. Dr. William Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya, is expected to grace the opening of the 3rd African Parliamentarians Summit on Climate Policy and Equity.


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