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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.

HARDP seeks to provide continental direction to the achievement of durable solutions for addressing humanitarian crises caused by conflicts, man-made and natural disasters.


Election Mozambique Group photo
October 12, 2019

Maputo, Mozambique, 12 October 2019- His Excellency Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, former Presiden

October 08, 2019

Ahead of the General Elections scheduled to hold on 15 October 2019 in the Republic of Mozambique, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat has approved the deployment of forty (40) short-term observers and 4 electoral experts.

African Union salutes the first round of the Presidential election in Tunisia
September 17, 2019

Addis Ababa, 17 September 2019 - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, takes note of

AU Commissioner for Political Affairs
September 15, 2019

Addis Ababa, 15 September 2019: This year, the world celebrates the International Day of Democracy u

September 10, 2019

Addis Ababa, 10 September 2019 - The Government of Rwanda, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the African Union have t

The State of Transitional Justice in Africa: 3rd Edition of the Continental Transitional Justice Forum
September 24, 2019 to September 26, 2019

WHAT: The 3rd Continental Transitional Justice Forum for all African Union (AU) Member States, Regional Economic Comm

August 21, 2019 to August 22, 2019

Regional Political Parties Consultative Forum or East Africa

World Humanitarian Day 2019
August 19, 2019

WHAT: World Humanitarian Day Celebration

First Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the African Union (AU) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
July 08, 2019


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.

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