Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 June 2010

15th ordinary session of the assembly of the African Union Kampala- Uganda





15th ordinary session of the assembly of the African Union Kampala- Uganda



KAMPALA, Uganda, June 16, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ –Theme of the summit


“Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa”


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19 – 20 July 2010: 20th Ordinary Session of the PRC

22-23 July 2010: Ordinary Session of the Executive Council

25-27 July 2010: 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly.







This Advisory Note, in word format is also available on:



Access to media facilities will be made available to accredited media representatives by African Union and Ugandan authorities.


Accreditation is open to bona fide journalists, broadcasters, photographers, film and television camera crews and technicians.


There will be double accreditation i.e.

A security badge will be issued by the Uganda authorities and

A conference badge will be issued by the African Union.


Media personnel are required to apply to both.


Forms for accreditation for the security badge are available on: .


Forms and online application procedures for the African Union are available on:



Online accreditation:


The online accreditation could be done using the following link:


Accreditation by mail or e-mail:


For those journalists who cannot register on line, they should send their application forms, attached, to the African Union Commission to the following address:


Mrs. Rahel Akalewold

Communication and Information Division

African Union Commission

PO Box 3243

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: 00 251 11 551 4555

Fax: 00 251-1-511299


E-mail applications should be sent to


For more information please contact the above mentioned officer.


Applications to the African Union must be accompanied by two photographs and a letter on a letterhead from media organization indicating the journalist’s function.


The letter should be signed by a senior executive confirming that the applicant has been assigned to cover the 15th AU Summit.


The letter should be supported by a copy of a Press Card or equivalent identification.


The application form and the photographs shall be scanned and sent by e-mail or by mail or submitted by hand.


Pictures sent by fax will not be accepted.


After arrival in Uganda journalists will need to get the official government accreditation card and the African Union conference badge.


All applications are processed through the Uganda Media Centre situated at Plot 36 Nile Avenue, Clement Hill or sent to e-mail:,

Uganda phone contact: +256-414-237141, +256-312-226125

Members of the local and foreign press shall be issued with appropriate Summit Press Badges upon successful accreditation.

As there is usually pressure to get into the meeting halls on the actual day, journalists are advised to make sure they arrive in Kampala in good time so as to have the documentation done before the meetings start.


Journalists are also advised to send their application forms and all required documents well in advance of the deadline so that the necessary conference badges can be prepared before arrival.


It is also advisable to carry hard copies of all the required documents.


Any further enquiries regarding applications for accreditation for the security badge from the Ugandan authorities may be directed to:


Monica Kalemba (Mrs)

Coordinator of Media and Publicity



Patrick Muganda Guma (Mr.)

AU 2010 Summit Spokesperson





Accredited media personnel bringing technical equipment with them to Uganda will be subject to full Customs Control. Therefore, journalists are required to send their list of equipment (two copies) together with their application for accreditation. (See attached equipment form)




A main briefing room, media work area, a business centre and cafeteria will operate throughout the Meeting period.

Media Centre at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

A general work area will be provided in the Media Centre at Munyonyo for journalists and photographers. The work area will be equipped with work desks, which will each have standard Ugandan power points, where laptops and printers can be plugged in. Desktop PCs with Microsoft Office/Windows packages plus printers will also be available.

The PC’s will provide free Internet access and will share printers.


The main Media Centre for the Summit, with facilities for print, electronic media and for media briefings, will be located at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

Media Centre Opening Hours

From 19th – 27th July 2010, the Media Centre will open between 8:00 and 22:00 local time.

Media Briefing Room at Speke Resort Munyonyo.


A briefing room will be made available to serve for briefings with the journalists.


Daily briefings will take place in the briefing room to get the media acquainted with the discussions of the summit.


Journalists will be given advance notice of the briefing time and speakers.


Telephones and Faxes


Telephone and fax facilities will be provided to journalists.


Television and Radio


Uganda television will provide live coverage of the opening session of the Assembly. It will also provide footage to the broadcasters.


For more information please contact:

Monica Kalemba (Mrs)

Coordinator of Media and Publicity



Patrick Muganda Guma

AU 2010 Summit Spokesperson





Opening and Closing Sessions during the meetings are open to all journalists.


Access to the 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State Summit meeting rooms (during closed sessions) and to the technical Secretariat is not allowed to members of the press.


Possible, footage, sound and photographs will be made available to accredited media through the Media Centre.

Details will be available at the start of the session.




An information desk and cafeteria facilities will be in operation throughout the Summit period at the MUNYONYO RESORT Conference Center




Accommodation will be on self-arrangement basis.

Journalists are advised to make their booking early to avoid last minute inconveniences.


Information on available hotels is posted on the websites.




All international commercial flights to Uganda will land at the Entebbe International airport.


Taxis are available from the airport to hotels at journalists’ own cost.




Help desks are open at airport in Entebbe to assist journalists with accreditation and customs clearance formalities and to find their way to the badge center and hotels.




Members of the media from those countries exempted from visa requirements to Uganda need not apply for visas.


All others members of the media must comply with the Ugandan visa requirements.


However those journalists who fail to obtain visas prior to arrival must inform the Press Committee of the Government of Uganda to arrange for a visa upon arrival:



Monica Kalemba (Mrs)

Coordinator of Media and Publicity



Patrick Muganda Guma

AU 2010 Summit Spokesperson

A visa request form is attached.




Yellow fever certificates are required by persons who travel from or through yellow fever areas as designated by the World Health Organization.




News agencies wanting to book private office space during the Summit shall be required to make their own arrangements.



African Union Commission (AUC)


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