African Union ambassador to speak March 23

The ambassador to the United States for the African Union, which includes Egypt and Libya, will speak on March 23 at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Amina Salum Ali is expected to discuss recent and current events in those countries, two of the union’s 23 member states, as well as decisions at the recent 16th AU Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, at 150 South Road, will host the free public address at 7 p.m. as its spring African Diaspora Lecture. The term refers to Africans’ dispersion around the world, away from their traditional homelands. Ali will take questions from the audience after her talk.

The African Union works toward socioeconomic integration of the continent, promotes peace and stability and seeks to strengthen partnerships by the African diplomatic corps and U.S. government and agencies, as well as the Organization of American States.

Ali also advocates for women and children, having founded the Zanzibar Women Welfare Trust. The trust helps women and children in struggles against health problems from HIV/AIDS. Ali has served the Tanzanian government in Parliament and a number of ministries.