FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AFRICAN UNION TURNS 50
Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Washington Hilton Hotel
Washington, D.C. May 2, 2013…Africans all over the world as well as friends and supporters of Africa are celebrating the 50th anniversary of The African Union.*
The Group of African Ambassadors to the United States of America chose the Ambassadors of the Republic of Congo, Serge Mombouli, and Stanislas Moussa-Kembe, of the Central African Republic, as the two Co-Chairs responsible for organizing this year’s celebration.
Referring to the celebration, His Excellency Serge Mombouli, Ambassador of the Republic of Congo, said ” This 50th anniversary celebration is an historic milestone for people of African descent all over the world. Africans today and future generations of Africans will continue to work to ensure the fulfillment of the central goals of the visionary leaders who gave birth to African Unity 50 years ago; the building of a peaceful, prosperous, and unified continent of Africa.”
* formerly the Organization of African Unity (OAU) founded May 25, 1963.
The 5oth anniversary of African Union will consist of a series of events in Washington, D.C., starting with a press conference, chaired by Ambassador Mombouli and on Monday, May 13 from 4 to 5: 30 PM at the Embassy of the Republic of Congo, located 1720 16th Street, NW, Washington, 20009.
That evening, Friday, May 17, there will be a dance reception organized by the SAAA spouses of African Ambassadors Association, in collaboration with the African Union and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art African Advisory Committee, coordinated by Johnetta Cole, Director, of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington DC.
The celebrations continues Tuesday, May 21 with a workshop at the Embassy of the Republic of Congo. The Role of the African Diaspora in African Nature Conservation discussion will be moderated by Jimmiel Mandima , Program Director, Policy, African Wildlife Foundation with panelists from Global Environment Facility, Foundation for Democracy in Africa, Partnerships for African Environment Sustainability, Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group, African Union and USAID. The event will be from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
The speakers will discuss many topics of the future of Africa, including the role of the African Diaspora in Africa’s development.
On the evening of Thursday, May 23, the celebrations will conclude with a gala dinner for 700 guests at the Washington Hilton Hotel, located at 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC. There will be a VIP cocktail reception at 6 pm. Dinner begins at 7 pm.
About The African Union: The AU is a continent wide organization consisting of 54 states. It was established on May 26, 2001 in Addis Ababa and launched on July 9, 2002 in South Africa to replace the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The most important decisions of the AU are made by the Assembly of the African Union, a semi-annual meeting of the heads of state and government of its member states. The AU’s secretariat, the African Union Commission, is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The goals of the African Union are to achieve greater unity and solidarity between the African countries and the people of Africa; and promote sustainable development at the economic, social and cultural levels as well as the integration of African economies.
MEDIA CONTACT : For print & broadcast media interested in interviews or attending any of the programs, please contact: Ben Bangoura at 301-326-3327 or firstname.lastname@example.org