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Africa : innovative solutions to meet the continent’s challenges

The African Union organized from May 25 to 28, 2022, an extraordinary summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Several Heads of State and Government, including the host President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, took part in this event. Several topics were discussed, including the humanitarian situation in Africa, terrorism and the unconstitutional changes of government on the continent.

From May 25 to 28, 2022, several African Heads of State and Governments gathered in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea for an Extraordinary Summit convened by the African Union. Discussions centered around Africa’s humanitarian situation, terrorism and unconstitutional changes of government on the continent.

The solution is up to us. We must empower ourselves, equip ourselves with the necessary tools to find solutions to our problems. We must find solutions especially to armed conflicts because they cause different types of situations that negatively affect our populations.

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

The covid 19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, growing insecurity, climate change, natural disasters, political instability have worsened the humanitarian situation in Africa, leading to alarming forced displacements.

According to the United Nations Global Humanitarian Overview Report 2021, 6 of the most significant crises and with alarming humanitarian consequences are in Africa, with more than 30 million displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers.The sad fate of these millions of people, men and women of all ages, destitute and without hope, challenges our consciences and our humanity.

Macky SALL,Current Chairperson of the African Union

During the deliberations, several countries announced their contributions to support humanitarian actions on the continent.

We got almost 174 million dollars yesterday. This is just the beginning because the challenges are enormous. We still have a lot to do. Africa unfortunately has half of the displaced persons and refugees in the world. It is not normal. So we are counting on each and everyone to contribute so that we can have sufficient funds. As Madame Diop said, priority will be given to women and girls.

Minata Cessouma Samate, African Union Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Burkina Faso

At the end of this extraordinary summit, African governments reaffirmed their commitments to improving the humanitarian, security and political situation on the continent, through increased assistance to displaced persons, strengthening the fight against terrorism and climate crisis, in order to achieve the Africa we want.


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