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The African Union is committed to Strengthening a people centered Union through active communication of the programmes of the African Union, the branding of the Union and participation of Member States and other stakeholders in defining and implementing the African agenda.

  • August 03, 2016 to October 31, 2016

    African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award

    Call for Applications 2016 Edition

  • July 05, 2016

    Debrezeit, Ethiopia – 5 July 2016: The Human Resources, Science and Technology department (HRST) together with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) hosted a workshop to review the African Union Youth Volunteer Corps’ (AU-YVC) 5 year project document.

  • June 15, 2016

    Rome, Italy, 15 June 2016 – The World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Board Side Event took place in Rome (Italy), to mark the Centre's fifth anniversary.

  • June 14, 2016

    Kigali, 13th – 16th June 2016 – The 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) and the Forum for Agricultural research in Africa (FARA) are taking place from 13th – 16th June 2016 in Kigali (Rwanda). This event has taken place under the stewardship of H.E.

  • May 18, 2016

    Tunis, Tunisia -18 May 2016: As part of efforts to promote and accelerate the implementation of Agenda 2063, The African Union Commission (AUC) participated in the Simulation of the African Union’s Summit, held in Tunis, Tunisia from 14 to 15 May 2016.

  • May 10, 2016

    The African Union Commission launches Phase 2 of the African Union Research Grants programme with an open call for proposals for Research and Innovation in Africa supported by the European Union.

  • February 09, 2016

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 8 February 2016: The Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, H.E. Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga met with a Special envoy of the President of Iran to discuss areas of potential cooperation between the African Union and Iran.

  • January 30, 2016

    Addis Ababa 30th January 2016 - African Union Commission recognises two distinguished African Scientist - Prof. OPARA Umezurike (male) of Nigeria and prof. NYOKONG, Tebello (female) of South Africa under the 2015 edition of the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Awards.

  • January 30, 2016


  • GROUP PHOTO OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THE AU COMMISSION Photo of the leadership of the African Union Commission (AUC), under the Chairmanship of H.E Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, 13 January 2016, AU Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    January 14, 2016

    Photo of the AUC Chairperson, H.E Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, with the male Commissioners of the African Union (AU)

    IMG_0357 AUC with male Commissioners edited.JPG

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  • Celebration of the Africa Youth Day
    October 30, 2015 to October 31, 2015

    PRESS RELEASE No. 315/2015
    The African Youth acknowledged as key actors towards implementing Africa’s Agenda 2063 as Africa celebrates Africa Youth Day
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1st November 2015: About 300 young Africans from the five regions of the Continent and the diaspora gathered this 1st November at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to celebrate the Africa Youth Day under the theme “African Year of Human Rights towards Agenda 2063 – the Africa we want”. The theme of this year’s Africa Youth Day Summit is in line with the theme of the 2016 African Union Summit “African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women”. The youth took advantage of this occasion to reiterate their willingness to be part of the implementation process of Agenda 2063, the new endogenous framework for Africa’s development.
    Addressing youth participants during the opening ceremony, H.E Dr. Martial De Paul Ikounga, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) at the
    African Union Commission highlighted the critical role young people will play for the achievement of the 7 aspirations of Agenda 2063. He recalled that our founding fathers committed themselves when they were young to liberating the continent from colonialism in order to guarantee the empowerment of the African people. It is therefore the responsibility of the African youth to ensure that the vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa becomes a reality.
    “I am not sure that I will be there to see the achievement of this beautiful vision. However, I strongly believe that the African youth will be able to turn this dream into reality”, said the Commissioner. In addition, H.E Ikounga expressed his gratitude to all the youth who made sacrifices to attend the celebration in Ethiopia.
    In the same vein, the President of the Pan African Youth Union (PYU), Ms. Francine Muyumba, recalled that the Africa Youth day was established in 2006 in Banjul to ensure that African youth represent a significant stakeholder in implementing the people centered Union as stipulated in the Constitutive Act of the African Union. She added that the 1st November is a window of opportunity for young people to review their contribution to the development of the continent and pave the way for the role they will play as change agents in their different regions. She also emphasized on the need to address the issue of youth employment. In that regard, she announced that the Pan African Youth Union is planning to establish the African Youth Chamber of commerce during the Pan African Youth Forum on Entrepreneurship that will take place in March 2016 in Malabo, Guinea Equatorial. The institution will contribute to the achievement of aspiration 1 of Agenda 2063 “A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and development” and materialize the right to development for the African Youth as provided by article 10 of the African Youth Charter.
    During the celebration, the African Union Commission recognized 10 young Africans from the 5 African regions, called youth heroes, for their work in the areas of human rights, especially the rights of Young Women in Education, Health, Gender Equality and Civic Engagement.
    The celebration was preceded by a two days meeting organized by the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology of the African Union Commission in collaboration with the Youth Alliance for Leadership in Africa (YALDA). About 300 participants exchanged views on how to implementation Africa’s Agenda 2063. They drafted specific recommendations on gender equality, education, youth empowerment that will be submitted for consideration of the policy organs of the African Union.
    About Africa Youth Day
    The 1st of November was proclaimed and instituted as The Africa Youth Day on the occasion of the African Youth Charter adoption in the Executive Council Decision of the Banjul Summit 2006. Africa Youth Day is a day set aside every year to promote the increased recognition of youth as key agents for social change, economic growth and sustainable development in all areas of African Society.
    About Agenda 2063
    Agenda 2063 is the new Africa’s development framework that was adopted on the 24th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly on the 31st January 2015. It is anchored on the AU Constitutive Act, the Pan African vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena”, the 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration 2013 as well as the national, regional and continental priorities. For more information, please visit our website:
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  • Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024) Priority One RUFORUM Implementation Plan
    September 16, 2015

    Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024) Priority One RUFORUM Implementation Plan
    15- 16 September 2015, Sogecoa Golden Peacock Hotel, Lilongwe, Malaw: The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Republic of Malawi and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), organized a workshop from 15 – 16 September 2015 in Lilongwe on STISA-2024 Priority One. The objective of the meeting was to give the policy-makers and agricultural scientists to contribute to the development of a RUFORUM Implementation Plan in line with STISA-2024 Priority One that focuses on “eradication of hunger and ensuring nutrition and food security” in the continent.
    The Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology H.E. Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology delivered a keynote address urging various implementing agencies to actively participate in the implementation of STISA-2024. The Commissioner noted that RUFORUM which envisions “a vibrant agricultural sector linked to African universities” can play a critical role in capacity building and supporting research in agriculture.
    Hon Emmanuel Fabiano, the Minister of Education, Science and Technology of Republic of Malawi opened the meeting and urged the meeting to include the aspects of nutrition. He further underscored the commitment of Malawi to promote the development and use of science and technology in solving socio-economic development challenges. He also reaffirmed the readiness of Malawi to collaborate with all Member States in ensuring that science, technology and innovation plays a critical role in achieving the objectives of the long-term AU Agenda 2063.

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Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology
The Department’s role is to ensure the coordination of AU programmes on human resource development matters. It also has a separate mandate to promote science and technology. The Department encourages and provides technical support to Member States in the implementation of policies and programmes in its fields. Key roles include: promoting research and publication on science and technology; promoting cooperation among Member States on education and training; encouraging youth participation in the integration of the continent; and acting as the Secretariat for the Scientific Council for Africa. The Department has three divisions: Human Resource and Youth Development; Education; and Science and Technology.
The Department works with the following bodies
Technical and Research Commission (STRC)
African Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI)
Pan African University (PAU)
Pan African Youth Union (PYU); International Centre for Girls’ and Women’s Education in Africa (CIEFFA)
the Pan African Institute for Education for Development (IPED)/African Observatory for Education
Pan African University
PAU aims to promote networks and develop programs and research centers within selected existing high quality universities in the five geographic sub-regions of Africa, namely Northern, Western, Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. Each sub-region will host a thematic component of the PAU which will be committed to selecting and networking high quality centers developing similar programs, and serve as a coordinating hub for these institutions.
African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards
An Awards scheme known as the “African Union Scientific Awards (AUSA)” was established by the African Union Commission on the 9th 0f September 2008 and named “African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards (AUKNSA)” by Assembly/AU/Dec.306 (XV) of the 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union held on 27 July 2010 in Kampala, Uganda.
Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024)
The Mission of STISA-2024 is to “Accelerate Africa’s transition to an innovation-led, Knowledge-based Economy”. This will be achieved by: • Improving STI readiness in Africa in terms of infrastructure, professional and technical competence, and entrepreneurial capacity; and
• Implementing specific policies and programs in science, technology and innovation that address societal needs in a holistic and sustainable way.
Leadership of the Department of HRST
Commissioner, Human Resources, Science and Technology
H. E. Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga
Tel: (251) 11 551 77 00 ext 274