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May 26, 2011

African Union Day marked


Dr. Benjamin Kunbour, Minister of the Interior, has expressed government’s commitment to the ideals and principles of the African Union (AU), as enshrined in the Constitutive Act, towards improving the standard of living of African people.

 

He said the theme for this year’s celebration, ‘Accelerating Youth Empowerment For Sustainable Development’, is in recognition of the importance the Union attaches to the growth of the youth on the continent as critical partners in sustainable development.

 Dr. Kunbuor expressed this in Accra, at the 48th anniversary of the African Union (AU), pledging Ghana’s commitment to work with other member states to maintain peace and security on the continent.

 He was, therefore, hopeful that African leaders will remain constantly inspired and challenged by their shared commitment to harness every available resource for the achievement of sustainable peace and development.

 Mr. Hassan Ali Toure, the Nigerien Ambassador in Ghana and also the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, who spoke on behalf of the AU Chairman, bemoaned the situation where over 70 percent of Africa’s youth survive on less than $2 a day, saying this situation is of a great concern to African leaders.

 According to Mr. Toure, a database will be created for the youth to help develop their capacity in various fields through the harnessing of Africa’s resources for their benefit.

Source: ISD