Participation of Andris Piebalgs at the opening ceremony of the 20th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa: 27/01/2013
End production: 27/01/2013 First transmission: 27/01/2013
On 27 January 2013, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, took part at the opening ceremony of the 20th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This Summit provided a rare opportunity for a series of meetings with attending Heads of States and Ministers to discuss EU-Africa cooperation and major crises affecting the continent, from Mali and the Sahel, to Somalia, the Republic of Central Africa (RCA), Sudan or the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
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||Exterior view of the African Union building in Addis Ababa
||Cutaways of flags (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development (in ENGLISH): African Union Summit is here, and if you would like to discuss with African Leaders, you should come to Addis Ababa because all of them are here. And my participation in the African Union Summit is not just symbol of close ties between Europe and Africa, but it's a really good opportunity at working level to discuss with Heads of African countries about our development programs, our political issues, and definitely increase the level of cooperation between Europe and Africa, for the benefit of both continents.
||Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
||General views of the meeting room (3 shots)
||Andris Peibalgs talking with a woman (2 shots)
||Arrival of Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations
||Cutaway of the audience
||AU anthem (4 shots)
||General view of the meeting room
||Soundbite by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairwoman of the African Union Commission (AUC) (in ENGLISH): At this juncture, we must extend our heart felt thanks to the international community in general and to the United Nations in particular, for the continued cooperation and support to African efforts, for resolving conflicts on our continent. The continental problems that we spoke about, also greatly benefit from the support of partners from across the globe. Whilst Africa is taking charge of its own destiny, your cooperation and invaluable support is appreciated (7 shots)
||Soundbite by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations (in ENGLISH): I am especially concerned about the dangerous humanitarian situations, in southern Cordovan and Blue Nile States. I call on the authorities in Sudan and Southern Sudan, to immediately begin to allow direct talks to allow urgently needed humanitarian assistance, to reach affected civilians (4 shots)
||Cutaway of the audience