Delegates from the member states come together to discuss uniquely African issues, promote growth and create stronger ties between the nations. Now approaching its 21st Ordinary Session, delegates will convene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for eight days in May at the AU headquarters.
In 2013, the AU Summit will be focused around the theme of "Pan Africanism and African Renaissance", and gives member countries a chance to come together and work towards its mutual aims.
The AU - a common goal
The AU is made up of 54 African states and consists of both political and administrative bodies. The only all-African state currently not a member is Morocco.
The African Union was established in 2001 to replace the Organisation of African Unity, and works to promote peace, security and stability on the continent through sustainable development and research in all fields, particularly science and technology.
The scope of AU affairs is as wide as it is ambitious; the Summit will touch on issues relating to infrastructure and energy, trade and industry, economic and legal affairs. Women and gender issues, social affairs, political affairs and civil society are all also important subjects covered during the Summit and other AU events throughout the year.
Attending the AU summit
Delegates attending the AU summit will be pleased to find a comfortable and convenient base at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa.
Standing out amongst other Addis Ababa hotels in the city, this modern hotel has all the services and amenities guests need for a productive stay. Enjoy decadent meals in the Restaurant Verres en Vers or indulge in a pampering treatment at The Rainforest Day Spa; each of the hotel's services and amenities combine to create a haven in the heart of the bustling city.