23 May 2013

Africa: AU Executive Council Adopts Declaration of 50th Anniversary

The 23rd session of the Executive Council of the AU has 23 May 2013 adopted the draft proclamation submitted by the Permanent Representatives Committee as a declaration.

The document incorporates sections that detail Africa's journey over the last fifty years, the challenges faced and the choice of ways to deal with these. It covers the concept of Pan Africanism and the inspiration from this that the continent has drawn in its progress towards 2063.

It acknowledges the achievements of the OAU/AU and the challenges that remain to be tackled. In its final section, the draft proclamation identifies eight key strategic areas for intervention.

Among the declarations are realization of Pan Africanism, the Pan African Renaissance, the integration agenda, the agenda for socio-economic transformation and peace and security.

The declaration also includes suggestions from member states covering other areas, among them the need to focus on gender equality, the importance of utilizing marine resources, the gradual removal of visas for travel in Africa, full operationalization of the African Standby Force and reference to the APRM mechanism.

Source: website of MoFA

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