Information for Civil Society Organizations and Diaspora on the January 2014 AU Summit
Citizens and Diaspora Organization Directorate of the African Union Commission
(CIDO) has the honor to inform African Civil Society and Diaspora Community
that the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union will be
held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 24 to 31st January 2014.
is to be recalled that by Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.449 (XIX) adopted on 16 July
2012, the Assembly has decided to proclaim 2014 as the “Year of Agriculture
and Food Security” and this would be also the theme of the 22nd
Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union scheduled for January 2014 in
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
schedule of meetings of the AU Summit is as follows:
Permanent Representative Committee of Ambassadors
(PRC): 24-25 January 2014
24th Ordinary Session of the Executive
Council: 27-28 January 2014.
22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of
Heads of States and Governments: 30-31st January 2014.
It is important to underline that our emphasis is on having
a people-driven organization and as per the established tradition, members of
the African Civil Society Community and Diaspora whose presence and
contribution would be of a great relevance and value addition vis-à-vis the
theme being discussed are kindly invited to apply to participate at the AU Summit
It is to be noted that CIDO has to submit a list of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for accreditation
to the Secretary General of the Commission for process and decision. Therefore,
we insist that all interested applicants must submit their application before
the 14th October, 2013, in order to enable the
Commission to release the invitations three months before the Summit, to allow
adequate preparations of those CSOs to attend the Summit. No application
will be considered after the deadline mentioned above.
The Office of the Chairperson and the Secretary General of
the Commission will direct CIDO on the number of accreditation vacancies
available to CSOs. However, we have been informed that due to the limited space
and accommodation constraints and the serious inconveniences faced during the
previous Summits with the ever-expanding lists of observers and invitees beyond
the Commission’s capacities to accommodate them, only those observers/invited
guests whose presence and contribution would be of great relevance and value
addition vis-à-vis the theme of the Summit could be accommodated. In addition,
we shall have to make choices based on the timing of application, role
envisaged in Summit, activities related to the theme of the Summit and carried
out by the organization during the last two years, history of association with
AU etc. The bottom line is that not all applicants can be accredited. We shall
however, do our utmost to ensure that we can get accreditation for as many CSOs
as possible. We urge a sense of realism among willing participants in this
It is important to note that the AUC will bear no
responsibility for travel and maintenance costs of CSOs accredited through our
Office. CIDO remains available to assist CSOs or Diaspora
representations with seeking appropriate facilities.
It is our expectation that this notice will assist the
African Civil Society Community in preparation for the Summit. Accreditation
for the Summit is open to local and international NGOs, with preference given
to relevant grassroots organizations, where required.
Kindly submit your
application to the following email address:
CIDO@africa-union.org / TsebaotA@africa-union.org
Thank you for
sharing widely this information with other CSOs.
Citizens and Diaspora Organization
African Union Commission