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Launch of the African Governance Platform

June 15, 2012
Lusaka, Zambia

BACKGROUND AND RATIONAL

The Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission will be officially launching the African Governance Platform in response to the decision of the 16th AU Summit on the Shared Values theme. At the conclusion of its Eighteenth Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa, the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) endorsed the strengthening of the African Governance Architecture, through the launch of the Governance Platform as an informal and non-decision making mechanism to : foster exchange of information, facilitate the elaboration of common positions on governance and strengthen the capacity of Africa to speak with one voice (EX.CL/619 (XVIII). The decision also requested the AUC to undertake periodic reviews and coordinate the monitoring of compliance with AU instruments on Shared Values.

The African Governance Architecture is a policy approach aimed at defining the necessary norms, institutions and processes that facilitate policy and programme convergence on Governance amongst AU Member States as a means to accelerate deeper integration. These decisions are thus part of a programmatic shift of focus of the AU from norm setting to consolidation and implementation.

The Decision of the 18th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council was in response to the Decision of the 16th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) dedicating the theme of the 16th AU Summit to Shared Values (EX.CL/Dec.525 [XVI]).

It is against this backdrop that the AUC embarked on a consultative process to respond to the mandate established by Decision (EX.CL/Dec.525 [XVI]) and the Strategic Plan of the AUC 2009-2012. In this regard, the AUC organized a series of consultations (Yaoundé - March 2009, Nairobi - December 2009 and Banjul - March 2010) with the aim of reflecting on the design, nature, mandate and functions of the African Governance Architecture. The above consultations shaped the concept of an African Governance Architecture as an “evolving process.

The consensus that emerged from the consultations was that though the AGA exists, there is need to take cognizance of the established instruments and institutions with a formal mandate on Democracy, Governance, Elections and Human Rights norms, and the need for enhanced coordination, consolidation and implementation of the compliance with the norms.

WHAT IS THE AFRICAN GOVERNANCE ARCHITECTURE (AGA) ?

The AGA is the overall political and institutional framework for the promotion of democracy, governance and human rights in Africa. The AGA is thus an evolving framework to facilitate, coordinate and promote structural conflict prevention in Africa. It seeks to strengthen coordination amongst AU organs and institutions with a formal mandate in governance, democracy and human rights as a measure of enhancing their capacity and optimising their impact. Rather than a set of institutions and a panoply of legal instruments, the AGA should been seen as a process and mechanism to engage and develop appropriate capacity and responses to Africa’s governance challenges.

The AGA consist of three pillars : (i) a vision supported by a governance agenda and norms ; (ii) a set of governance institutions/actors ; and (iii) concrete processes/relationships to promote synergies, common agendas and greater impact including the need to establish an African Platform on Governance as the motor for the AGA.

WHAT IS THE AFRICAN GOVERNANCE PLATFORM ?

Articulation of governance in the various instruments of the African Union and RECs embody within them a level of uncoordinated separateness and lack of convergence. As a result of the wide scope of governance, numerous institutions, instruments and initiatives have emerged and there has been limited focus on ensuring that these are well coordinated and do not contain contradictions.

The Platform is the coordinating arm of the African Governance Architecture. The role of the Platform is to facilitate information flow, exchanges, dialogue, synergies and joint action between the various African governance actors. The Platform will function as an interactive and non-decision-making mechanism.

Within the remit of Article 44-49 of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the long term strategic objective of the Platform is to act as the central coordinating mechanism for monitoring Member States’ compliance and implementation of agreed governance standards as embodied in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTATION

The aim of the meeting is to officially launch the African Governance Platform and initiate dialogue on its work plan for 2012 and 2013. It is also anticipated that the meeting will reflect on activities for the Year of Shared Values.


Voir en ligne : Press Release No 053 /2012

Publié le 29 mai 2012