Despoina Ziana

Chair at the African Union

Athina Avgitidou

Vice-Chair at the African Union

African Union

The advent of the  African Union (AU) can be described as an event of great magnitude in the    institutional evolution of the continent. On 9.9.1999, the Heads of State and  Government of the Organisation of African Unity issued a Declaration (the    Sirte Declaration) calling for the establishment of an African Union, with a  view, inter alia, to accelerating the process of integration in the continent    to enable it play its rightful role in the global economy while addressing    multifaceted social, economic and political problems compounded as they are    by certain negative aspects of globalisation.

The main objectives of the OAU were, inter alia, to rid  the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonization and apartheid; to  promote unity and solidarity among African States; to coordinate and intensify  cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial  integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation within the  framework of the United Nations.

Indeed, as a  continental organization the OAU provided an effective forum that enabled all  Member States to adopt coordinated positions on matters of common concern to  the continent in international fora and defend the interests of Africa  effectively.

Through the  OAU Coordinating Committee for the Liberation of Africa, the Continent worked  and spoke as one with undivided determination in forging an international  consensus in support of the liberation struggle and the fight against  apartheid.

 

The topics to be discussed are:

Topic area A: Protecting forcibly displaced persons, refugees, returnees, and IDPs.

Topic area B: Women's rights under agenda 2063: assuring the participation of women in all aspects of society.

Member States

Country Name
Guinea / Chairperson Ziana, Despoina
Algeria Nousia, Aspasia Spyridoula
Angola Moavenian, Tanaz
Botswana Panagota, Irene
Burkina Faso Tsitsani, Aikaterini
Burundi Mina, Evangelia
Cameroon Fotogiannopoulou, Aphroditi
Central African Rep. Fragkouli, Anastasia
Chad Bilir, Rabia
Comoros Mylonas, Dimitrios
Congo Stamou, Georgia
Djibouti Pelekouda Oikonomea, Andreana
DR Congo Stavridis, Marios
Egypt Leivadas, Grigoris
Eq. Guinea Anastasaki, Georgia
Eritrea Mallios, Anastasios
Ethiopia Holtzapple, Katarina
Ghana Vlachogianni, Konstantina
Guinea Buisseau Dimitrakopoulos, Anastasios 
Kenya Koutroumpi, Paraskevi Victoria
Libya Gravani, Maria Anastasia
Madagascar Zacharaki, Ioanna
Malawi Kousinidou, Vasiliki
Mali Georgiadou, Danai
Mauritania Chalkas, Christos
Mauritius Demerouti, Maria Eleni
Morocco Tsakania, Sotiria
Mozambique Koliavasili, Pavlina
Niger Myrsinia, Christina
Nigeria Kaplan, Büsra
Rwanda  Papamichail, Natasa
Saharawi ADR Karatzia, Vasileia
Sierra Leone Epitropakhs, Elpidoforos
Somalia Apostolopoulou, Charis
South Africa Ioannidou, Argiro
South Sudan Adamou, Maria-Evangelia
Sudan Rasa, Xristianna
Swaziland Navrozoglou, Panagiota
Tanzania Giakoumaki, Eirini
Togo Valachis, Ioannis
Tunisia Montag, Sonja
Zambia Pieri, Chara - Konstantina
Zimbabwe Visvardis, Dimitris

Partners

Country Name
Australia Fragkouli, Aikaterini
China Stamatiou, Ira
European Union Vakaki, Aikaterini
India Roussou, Stella 
Japan Sotiropoulos, Nikolas
Turkey Kerimis, Ioannis
USA Chalkia, Christina