June 11-12, 2013
The specific objectives of the meetings are to :
Review the draft AGA Implementation Strategy and Action Plan
Review the AGA Platform Rules of Procedures and Methods of Work
Adopt the composition and scope of the AGA Clusters : Governance ; Democracy ; Human Rights ; Constitutionalism and Rule of Law.
Review and consider the State Reporting Guidelines on the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance pursuant to article 45 and 49 of the Charter.
Discuss preparations for the High Level Governance Dialogue Trends Meeting scheduled for 28-30 Nov 2013
1. The African Governance Architecture (AGA) was established pursuant to a Decision by the AU Assembly/AU/Dec.304 (XV) during its 15th Ordinary Summit dedicating the theme of the 16th Ordinary AU Assembly to Shared Values of the African Union. The decision recalled Executive Council Decision EX.CL/Dec.525 (XVI) adopted by the Sixteenth Ordinary Session of the Executive Council and endorsed by the Fourteenth Ordinary Session of the Assembly in February 2010. The AGA is the overall political and institutional framework for the promotion of democracy, governance and human rights in Africa.
2. The principle aim of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) is to strengthen coordination amongst AU organs and institutions with a formal mandate in governance, democracy and human rights, as a measure to enhance their capacity and optimise impact. Rather than a panacea to the governance challenges facing the continent, the AGA is a framework to facilitate closer engagement, partnership and synergies among AU organs, institutions and regional Economic Communities in developing appropriate capacity and responses to Africa’s governance challenges.
3. The overall objective of the AGA is to achieve governance, democracy and human rights as reflected in the Constitutive Act of the AU and other AU instruments relating to governance, democracy and human rights. The added value of the AGA lies on how it translates AU Member States commitment to Democracy and governance as a shared value of the Union to concrete actions to support, complement and enhance the capacity of AU Member States to consolidate and improve on their governance processes.
The AGA seeks to achieve this objective through :
Formalizing, consolidating and promoting closer cooperation between AU Organs/institutions and other stakeholders ;
Establishing a coordinating mechanism of regional and continental efforts for the domestication and implementation of the African Governance Agenda ;
Enhancing the capacity of AU Organs and institutions in the promotion, evaluation and monitoring of governance standards and trends ;
4. The AGA is an evolving mechanism composed of three principal pillars : It constitutes a Vision/Norms ; Organs and Institutions ; Mechanism/Processes of interactions amongst AU organs/ institutions with a formal mandate in governance, democracy and human rights.
The AGA Platform
5. The coordinating structure of the AGA is the Platform which comprises of all the AU organs/institutions and RECs with a formal mandate on governance, democracy and human rights in Africa.
These include :
a. AU Commission ;
b. African Court on Human and Peoples’ Right ;
c. African Commission on Human and People’s Right ;
d. The Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the child ;
e. Pan-African Parliament ;
f. The African Peer Review Mechanism ;
g. The Economic, Social and Cultural Council ;
h. The AU Advisory Board on Corruption ;
i. NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) ;
j. African Union Commission on International Law ;
k. Regional Economic Communities.
6. The Platform is the central coordinating mechanism for monitoring compliance and implementation of agreed governance standards as embodied in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance. The governance agenda is grounded in the policy orientation that democracy and governance are not events. Rather, they are processes that need to be built, monitored, evaluated, nurtured and strengthened taking into consideration the specifics and capacities of Members States of the AU and differentiated responsibility of other Stakeholders.
7. The role of the Platform is to facilitate information flows, exchanges, dialogue, synergies and joint action between the various African governance actors, and monitor compliance and implementation. The outcomes of these interactions are translated in concrete actions and proposals to be submitted to the relevant policy organs for consideration and decision-making, according to established rules and regulations. Its specific functions include :
a. Foster a systematic exchange of information, lesson and best practices on governance and democracy across the continent and improve dialogue among African governance actors.
b. Strengthen the capacity of the African Union Organs and Members states on strengthening governance and consolidating democracy on the continent including speaking with one voice on governance matters in international fora and dialogue processes with partners.
c. Monitor and coordinate evaluation of implementation of the African Shared Values Instruments.
8. The Platform was launched in June 2012 in Lusaka and has since adopted its Rules of Procedure. According to its Rules it shall meet twice a year at the technical level- Secretariats ; and once a year at the political level (elected leaders of the Organs). The Department of Political Affairs, African Union Commission is the Secretariat of the AGA Platform. One of the key functions of the AGA Secretariat is to prepare the agenda and convene the technical meetings and political meetings of the AGA.
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