Vienna, Austria, June 22nd 2018 - UPF Austria in cooperation with UNCAV – United Nation Correspondents Association and the „Horn of Africa“ Peace Initiative organized an event celebrating „Africa Day“, the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (now known as the African Union) on 25 May 1963 under the theme „Perspectives for the Horn of Africa with a special focus on Sudan“.
DI Paul Slatin, President of the Austrian-Sudanese association spoke about his great uncle Sir Rudolf Carl Freiherr von Slatin Pasha, an Austrian adventurer who had become governor of the province Darfur in Sudan. DI Abdalla Sharif, President of the United Nation Correspondents Association, reported about impressions from a recent trip to Sudan. Mag. Andreas Andiel, President Österreichisch-Äthiopische Gesellschaft gave an overview about Ethiopia as one of the big nations on the African continent and reported about new developments towards peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Mr. Abdelkadir Hamdan, Counsellor of the Eritrean Embassy in Germany and Representave to the Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the UN in Vienna spoke about the great hope of the people of Eritea that the conflict of his country with Ethiopia will come to an end and that a lasting perspective for peace on the Horn of Africa will bring new chances for development .
Prof. Dr. Titus Leber, Goodwill Ambassador of the European Academy Sciences, Arts and Literature, gave a short insight about a project he has started to bring the Cultural Heritage of Africa to Cyberspace. H.E. Omer Sharief H. Eisa from the Embassy of Sudan gave a Farewell speech after working several years as a diplomat in Vienna.
Musical contributions and a small buffet with a taste of African food concluded the event.
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