African Union website. For the second time this year, high officials from the Canadian Government were briefing the African Union today 21 June 2010, on the state of preparedness of their government with respect to the upcoming G8 and G20 Summits later this month of June 2010 in Canada. A Report to that effect was released publicly in Canada on 20 June 2010 and the same report titled “G8 Accountability Report” was launched on 21 June 2010 at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The ceremony took place in the presence of Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission. During the event, the Chair of the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) of the African Union, H.E. Ambassador Munlo, and the G8 Africa Personal Representative for Canada, Mr. David Angell, made a short presentation of the report to the AU Ambassadors during their PRC meeting in preparation of the AU Summit billed for 19 – 27 July 2010 in Kampala, Uganda.
Mr. Angell said, Canada will be hosting two major Summits: the G8 Summit in Muskoka on June 25 and 26, focusing on Development and on International Peace and Security; and, the G20 Summit in Toronto on June 26 and 27 “which will take forward the discussion that began in Washington, London and Pittsburgh, on responding to the global economic and financial crisis”, he noted.
The Canadian Representative further highlighted that, of the three main themes of the G8 Summit, the principal action item will be Maternal, Newborn and Under-Five Child Health. The second theme will be Peace and Security, looking primarily at non-proliferation and, separately, at how the international community addresses crises and emerging security threats including maritime security and the impact of international crime networks. The third focus will be on accountability — “Leaders will have before them the Muskoka Accountability Report: Assessing Action and Results Against Development-Related Commitments”, he explained.
According to the presenters, African participation at the up coming G8 Summit will include: Mr. Bingu Wa Mutharika, Chairperson of the African Union, and President of the Republic of Malawi, Mr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of AU Commission, Mr. Meles Zenawi, Chairperson of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee and Prime Minister of Ethiopia; and the five founding countries of the NEPAD (Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa).