WINDHOEK, 18 MAY (NAMPA) - Namibia?s programme of events for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was launched here on Friday.
The OAU was established on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the African Union (AU) was established on 26 May 2001, also in Addis Ababa, and launched on 09 July 2002 in South Africa to replace the OAU.
Namibia?s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is leading the National Preparatory Committee, said during the launching event that in line with the decision of the AU to celebrate the anniversary up to next May, the AU designated specific themes to each of the months.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said the celebration activities will commence in June this year under the theme ?Education and Human Resources?, and in July the theme is ?Health, Women and Pan-Africanism?.
The August theme is ?Climate Change and the Environment?, while the September theme is ?Peace, Solidarity and Human Security.
The month of October will focus on ?Agenda 2063?, which concentrates around what the country wants 50 years from now.
In November the theme is ?Democracy and Governance?, while December?s theme is ?Information and Communication Technology and Science and Technology?.
In January 2014 the theme is ?22nd AU Summit?, while February 2014?s theme is ?Diaspora and Civil Society?.
In March the theme is ?Agriculture and Food Security?, while in April the theme is ?Africa Integration Agenda?.
In May 2014 the focus will be on ?Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance?, the theme under which the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the founding of the OAU are running.
?This simply means we are going to make an assessment of what we have done in the course of the year as part of the celebration, and as part of shaping the debate related to African integration,? said Nandi-Ndaitwah.
She added that the National Preparatory Committee will work closely with all regions as well as African diplomats in the country throughout the year.
The Foreign Affairs? Minister then called upon all sections of society to contribute to the celebrations in different ways, particularly focusing on the activities the committee is looking at.
?To round up after a long year of celebration, we are going to produce a memorial book in which we will publish, most if not all, statements, lectures and even photographs that will be taken throughout the year as we are celebrating,? she noted.
The book will remain as a reminder to the people on their responsibility to contribute to African integration.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba officially launched the celebrations, with Founding Father of the Namibian Nation Dr Sam Nujoma sharing his recollection on the founding of the OAU with a public lecture.
First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba, Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob, Speaker of the National Assembly Theo-Ben Gurirab and National Council Chairperson Asser Kapere also witnessed the launch.