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Press Release N0. 07 / 16th AU Summit
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs or other ministers or authorities designated by the governments of Member States who form the Executive Council will review the draft Declaration on the Summit theme “Shared Values in Africa: for greater unity and integration” before it is sent to the AU Assembly. The Council will also review the status of signatures and ratifications of the OAU / AU treaties. Some of the texts are of a binding nature whose entry into force would be a breakthrough for fundamental shared values such as democracy, governance and respect for human rights. These include the Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance and the AU Convention on Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) which ultimately would have a significant impact on the humanitarian situation on the continent.
Issues of peace and security will also be discussed, including the Report of the Year of Peace and Security in
Decisions from the 18th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council will be submitted to the Assembly for adoption. Mr. Preneet Kaur, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of India, Mr. Takeaki Matsumoto, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Japan and Mr. Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development will take part in that ceremony as invitees and will speak before the Council.