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H.E. Cessouma Minata Samate

H.E. Cessouma Minata Samate is a Burkina Faso diplomat, born on 14 July 1961. She was elected the new Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union Commission. Ambassador Samate is an Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Burkina Faso in Ethiopia, Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).


The Department of Political Affairs (DPA) is responsible for promoting, facilitating, coordinating and encouraging democratic principles and the rule of law, respect for human rights, participation of civil society in the development process of the continent and the achievement of durable solutions for addressing humanitarian crises.


Political Affairs August 12, 2019

Addis Ababa, 12 August 2019: The Department of Political Affairs (DPA) of the African Union Commission (AUC) deployed

Political Affairs July 29, 2019

Following an invitation from the Government of the Republic of Mozambique to the African Union to participate as international observer in its forthcoming presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections scheduled for 15 October 2019, His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), approved the deployment of a pre-election assessment mission to Mozambique.

Political Affairs July 23, 2019

Three Day Consultative Meeting With the Secretariats of Regional Economic Communities to Develop a Continental Strategy to Accelerate the Right of Entry as Enshrined in the Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community Relating to Free Movement of Persons, Right of Residence and Right Of Establishment Opens

Political Affairs July 17, 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 17 July 2019: A meeting of African Union (AU) bringing together governments, donor agencies, A

Political Affairs June 25, 2019

Déclaration préliminaire: Mission d'observation électorale de l'Union africaine pour le premier tour de l'élection Pr

Political Affairs June 24, 2019

Nouakchott, 24th June 2019:- The African Union Election Observer Mission (AUEOM) for the first round of the president

World Humanitarian Day 2019
August 19, 2019

WHAT: World Humanitarian Day Celebration

35th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council
July 04, 2019 to July 05, 2019

WHAT: 35TH Ordinary Session of the Executive Council.

June 17, 2019 to June 20, 2019

he African Union, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other partners, is commemorating the annual World/Africa Refugee Day next week. This year, the AU is also marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 OAU Refugee Convention and the 10th anniversary of the 2009 AU Convention on the Protection and Assistance for Internally Displaced Persons in Africa.

June 17, 2019 to June 18, 2019

38th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives’ Committee


May 25, 2019

The Africa Day Celebrations will present an avenue to celebrate some landmark achievements of the Union on various issues such as peace and security, continental integration, women and youth empowerment, eradication of diseases, inter alia. The celebration will also be an opportune time to reflect on the Union’s transformation and achievements and als renew commitments to realize the Africa we want as embedded in Agenda 2063. The AU day will further be an opportune occasion to promote the visibility of the African Union and its activities all over the African continent, diaspora and the countries where AU has its representative offices as well as regional offices. The African Union Commission is therefore calling upon all Africans to commemorate and celebrate the Africa Day.

World Humanitarian Day 2019
Political Affairs August 19, 2019

WHAT: World Humanitarian Day Celebration

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