African Union African Solidarity Initiative Orientation Document February 1 2014 Addis Ababa Ethiopia
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African Union African Solidarity Initiative Orientation Document February 1 2014 Addis Ababa Ethiopia African Union African Solidarity Initiative Orientation Document February 1 2014 Addis Ababa Ethiopia Document Transcript

  • AFRICAN UNION UNION AFRICAINE UNIÃO AFRICANA Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, P.O. Box: 3243 Tel.: (251-11) 5513 822 Fax: (251-11) 5519 321 Email: asi-africa@africa-union.org 1 AFRICAN SOLIDARITY INITIATIVE ORIENTATION DOCUMENT SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE TO LAUNCH THE PLEDGING PROCESS IN SUPPORT OF COUNTRIES EMERGING FROM CONFLICT 1st February, 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 1. INTRODUCTION The African Solidarity Initiative (ASI) was launched during the African Heads of States summit in July 2012 through Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.408(XVIII), adopted by the Assembly of the Union, at its 18th Ordinary Session, held in Addis Ababa, from 29th to 30th January 2012. Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.425 (XIX) noted that, the Initiative provides an opportunity to mobilize, from within the continent, support for African countries emerging from conflicts, in line with the AU Policy on Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development; and to consolidate and expand intra-African co- operation and mutual self-help, as well as promote the spirit of the 1975 Inter-African Convention for Establishing an African Technical Co-operation Programme. As part of the launch, a Declaration by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs/External Relations of the Union was also adopted, highlighting the importance of the ASI, its relevance and timeliness as an important flagship initiative; and emphasized the need for full implementation. The opportunity to unlock the African moment and expand Africa’s momentum towards greater demonstration of solidarity and mutual self-help cannot be over-emphasized, particularly in the context of activities marking the 50th anniversary celebration of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), under the theme: Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance, and the Africa’s strategic vision for Agenda 2063. 2. THE AFRICAN SOLIDARITY INITIATIVE: “AFRICA HELPING AFRICA” The African Solidarity Initiative is an African continental flagship initiative, initially designed in its start-up, to mobilize and increase support for Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa, and progressively to promote and expand intra-Africa mutual support in other areas of development. The ASI is seen as an Initiative whose time has come and one that could further unlock African potential and complement support efforts by development partners. In essence
  • AFRICAN UNION UNION AFRICAINE UNIÃO AFRICANA Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, P.O. Box: 3243 Tel.: (251-11) 5513 822 Fax: (251-11) 5519 321 Email: asi-africa@africa-union.org 2 the Initiative seeks to expand the spirit of African solidarity and mutual support/reliance between and among Member States, as well as to strengthen solidarity engagements of other stakeholders, including the private sector, parastatals, civil society, women and youth networks, academia, the Diaspora, the media, African celebrities, professionals, associations and partners. 3. PURPOSE OF THE CONFERENCE: The overall purpose of this first African Solidarity Conference (ASC) is to launch the pledging and commitment building under the ASI. This will be launched primarily by Member-States representatives who have been invited at the Heads of State and Government. In the course of 2014 and beyond, there will be further targeted events to mobilise support across the continent from key stakeholder groups such as: Private sector, Parastatals, Academia, CSO/Women and Youth networks and the Media, and diaspora. 4. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES The specific objectives for the African Solidarity Conference include the following;  To provide an opportunity for member states to launch the pledging process under ASI by making voluntary pledges, of both in-kind and financial nature to support PCRD efforts in post-conflict countries.  To also offer an opportunity for selected representatives of African Stakeholder groups to build a greater understanding of the ASI and to initiate commitments for supporting the ASI process.  To build an engagement towards ASI pledging stakeholder events to take place in the course of the following year.  To provide the opportunity for post-conflict countries to highlight progress and challenges in their PCRD efforts. 5. EXPECTED RESULTS This AU conference to launch the pledging process under the ASI is expected to progressively build towards the overall results of the ASI as follows:  Commitments to share expertise in key areas of need to support post conflict countries.  Financial contributions to support post-conflict reconstruction in countries in need.
  • AFRICAN UNION UNION AFRICAINE UNIÃO AFRICANA Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, P.O. Box: 3243 Tel.: (251-11) 5513 822 Fax: (251-11) 5519 321 Email: asi-africa@africa-union.org 3  In-kind sharing of expertise, approaches, best practices, offering training facilities, exchange familiarization schemes, and capacity building commitments, as essential non-monetary forms of support.  Engagements to share know-how, knowledge and proven approaches for addressing particular kinds of key problems.  Arrangements for sharing crucial information/ best practices.  Commitments to contribute to capacity building and strengthening through offering facilities for training, exchange of personnel, technical support schemes and similar arrangements.  Other additional in-kind commitments and offers to support PCRD efforts in concerned countries, based on their priorities and needs. 6. PLEDGING PROCESS AND HOW TO PLEDGE a) The launch of the Pledging process will be held on 1st February 2014 being organized in the AU Summit at the Heads of State/ Governments and ministerial levels, in addition to the Chief Executives of Regional Economic Communities as well as a select number of personalities from key institutions and partner organizations. b) The opening ceremony will feature key statements from the AU Chairperson as well as the Chair of the AU. c) Priority to take the floor will be given to countries and institutions making concrete pledges. d) Each pledging participant will be allowed a maximum of three (3) minutes to make the pledging statement. e) Those who are not making pledges, but may wish to express their support, will be given the floor only after all the pledges have been made. Their statements should not exceed two (2) minutes per speaker. f) Member States are advised to provide their full written statements, if necessary, to the Commission at least 24 hours before the conference to enable the Commission to make the necessary arrangements to distribute them. g) There will be possibilities for bilateral engagements on the margins of the conference.
  • AFRICAN UNION UNION AFRICAINE UNIÃO AFRICANA Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, P.O. Box: 3243 Tel.: (251-11) 5513 822 Fax: (251-11) 5519 321 Email: asi-africa@africa-union.org 4 h) Pledging forms will be available. The pledging will be in two broad categories: ‘In- kind’ contributions and financial contributions. i) With regard to the in-kind contributions, Member States as well as stakeholder groups represented are kindly requested to consider and indicate the nature of “in-kind” contributions that the country may wish to provide. This may include but is not limited to:  sharing expertise,  sharing information on successful approaches,  offering training facilities and services,  business investment,  material goods such as relief and  sharing of technologies. j) In terms of the financial contributions, participants are invited to consider and indicate any voluntary financial support (as feasible) which they may wish to pledge in support of post-conflict countries concerned. k) Apart from voluntary financial pledges that could be targeted to support the countries, participants are also invited to consider pledging to contribute small seed resources that can better enable the AU Commission’s planning, management and coordination of the work under the ASI. l) Member states and other participants may also identify useful roles which they may wish to play in order to help promote and expand implementation of the ASI as an important continental flagship paradigm. m) Following the First AU conference to launch the pledging process under the ASI, it is planned that in the course of 2014 and beyond, follow-up mobilizing events targeting key stakeholder groups, including those on the continent of Africa and the Diaspora, will be organized. 7. PARTICIPANTS The main participants to the first Conference are Member States, invited at the Heads of State/Governments and ministerial levels. In addition, representatives from selected
  • AFRICAN UNION UNION AFRICAINE UNIÃO AFRICANA Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, P.O. Box: 3243 Tel.: (251-11) 5513 822 Fax: (251-11) 5519 321 Email: asi-africa@africa-union.org 5 stakeholder groups including the private sector and the United Nations will be invited. 8. PROGRAMME/AGENDA A programme will be made available to participants. 9. KEY PRIORITY AREAS OF POST CONFLICT COUNTRIES The African Union’s commitment to supporting peace‐building, recovery and development has seen the continental organization expand its engagement on this critical issue in a number of post‐conflict countries on the continent. This work is anchored in the AU Policy on Post‐Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD), adopted during the 2006 AU Summit in Banjul. In the early phases of transitions, experience has shown that gains on peace‐building, reconstruction and development often are at risk of collapse if sustained efforts are not made to bolster recovery and growth. The ASI Declaration stresses that successful post-conflict reconstruction and development demands long term commitments, collective efforts, African ownership and leadership and specified objectives to address the challenges that post-conflict African countries face on their way to reconstruction and development. Challenges which need to be addressed in countries emerging from conflict include:  Capacity building/strengthening for state institutions namely; the security forces, armed forces, police and prisons; criminal justice system, public administration and civil service reforms, finance sectors, legislators, educational sector and universities, health sector, water and sanitation;  Governance and Rule of Law, Judicial Reforms, National Reconciliation, Peace building and Consolidation of State Authority;  Agriculture: Technical and financial support for recovery and growth in agricultural production, food security and land tenure legislation;  Rehabilitation of infrastructure including energy generation, communication networks, roads, schools, and clinics;  Humanitarian and Livelihoods and employment creation;  Technical and financial support to enhance the health sector and the educational sector;  Youth development: Addressing youth unemployment through capacity building programmes, youth exchange programmes and scholarships;
  • AFRICAN UNION UNION AFRICAINE UNIÃO AFRICANA Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, P.O. Box: 3243 Tel.: (251-11) 5513 822 Fax: (251-11) 5519 321 Email: asi-africa@africa-union.org 6  Gender Mainstreaming: Support efforts towards women’s enhanced political participation, security and economic development;  Experience sharing between the private sector in various African countries; professional exchange and sharing of good practices; 10.DOCUMENTATION FOR THE CONFERENCE The documentation package for the conference includes, amongst others, the ASI Decision by AU members Heads of States, the ASI Declaration, the ASI flyer/ brochure and the Priority Needs Document. The Commission wishes to extend appreciation to those who have assisted and are assisting the organization of this event, including the United Nations Development Programme as well as other institutions and organizations.