Final JAES EDD Report of the session “Citizens at the heart of the Africa-EU Partnership – mobilising stakeholders”

November 12, 2009

Discussions in the EDD session on Citizens at the heart of the Africa-EU Partnership have shown the rich diversity of ways citizens can be – and have already been – involved in a partnership between Africa and Europe. This has raised questions on how best to organize the role of citizens in the Joint Africa-EU Strategy
(JAES).
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European Parliament and PAP on the JAES

November 4, 2009

The EP delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament was in South Africa for the First Session of the second PAP parliamentary term. MEPs met with newly elected President Ndele and the Vice President and Head of PAP delegation to the EP, Mary Mugyenyi on the 25th and 26th of October 2009. They attended the Opening Ceremony, which was addressed by President Zuma, and adopted a full programme for 2010 for Joint Meetings with emphasis on strengthening the parliamentary dimension of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy in the build-up to the EU-AU Summit at the end of next year.

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Release of CSOs Sharm El Sheikh Declaration On the 11th African Union Summit

July 1, 2008

African Civil Society expressed their positions on the Key issues of the 11th African Union Summit Agenda, in Sharm El Sheikh. During a press conference today, CSOs’ representative launched a declaration with forty-three recommendations covering all pressing issues of the African continent.
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40 Egyptian CSOs get trained by the CCP-AU to better engage with AU

June 4, 2008

On May 24th and 25th 2008, the Centre for Citizens Participation in the African Union (CCP-AU) – in collaboration with the Egyptian Business Women Association (EBWA), the Cairo Institute of Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), Fahamu, the Federation Internationale des Droits de l”Homme (FIDH) and Oxfam Liaison Office with the African Union – organized a training workshop for Egyptian and other North African CSOs on the African Union : “Understanding the African Union and Seizing Opportunities for Change” in Cairo, Egypt.
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Continental civil society platform meeting prior to the AU Summit

February 8, 2007

Prior to the Summit, the Centre for Citizens’ Participation in the African Union (CCP-AU) has organized a continental conference on the African union summit on January 23rd and 24th 2008.

The main objective of this continental conference was to create a platform where structured debate and collation of views are made among stakeholders across the continent focusing on issues of the Union Government, the performance review of the AU, Peace & Security, EPAs and other eventual issues on the Summit agenda. The Continental Conference presented a communiqué including CSOs’ to delegations attending the Summit.

The CCP-AU has strongly supported the audit for regular, inclusive and periodic audits in the future and recommends the AU to take action of the first audit. Additionally, the CCP-AU have spoke out for a CSO-managed coordinating body to support the linkages between the AU and African CSOs and conduct a people’s audit of the AU at the end of each five-year AU Commission term. With regard to the Union Government, the CCP-AU agrees that ‘the Union Government must be a union of the African people and not merely a Union of States and Governments. Therefore, it calls the AU to accelerate its capacity to raise common policy standards, popularise its mission and more effectively including ECOSOCC and other CSOs within Union Government.The CCO-AU recognizes that the AU is a significant facilitator in promoting peace and security on the African Continent, and therefore should stand up in the cases of Kenya and Chad. The EPA’s have been also discussed during the conference. According to the CSO’s the AU should promote alternatives such as everything but arms (EBA) agreements or GSP Plus as alternatives to EPAs.

The next CCP-AU meeting will be taking place before the next AU Summit in Eygpt.

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