Namibia will host Special Session of AU Labor and Social Affairs Commission on Ouagadougou Declaration

WINDHOEK: Namibia will host the Special Session of the African Union (AU) Labour and Social Affairs Commission on the Ouagadougou Declaration and Plan of Action on Employment Promotion and Poverty Alleviation later this month.

Labour and Social Welfare Minister Doreen Sioka made this announcement in the National Assembly on Monday.

The event is slated for 21 to 25 April, and will be attended by approximately 400 delegates from 54 AU member states.

The Special Session of the AU Labour and Social Affairs’ Commission will be held to prepare the ground for an Extraordinary Summit of Heads of States and Government in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in September 2014.

According to the AU website, the Special Session takes place during the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the OAU/AU, which commenced in 2013, and during which an African Agenda for the next 50 years is being developed (African Agenda 2063).

The Special Session also convenes at a time when the international community is engaged in defining the Post-2015 Development Agenda.