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July, 2010 - African Union – Civil Society Pre Summit in Kampala

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WANEP Makes a Presentation on Emerging Threats to Peace and Security at the African Union – Civil Society Pre Summit in Kampala Uganda – 14th to 16th July 2010

In its capacity as a prominent member of the Peace and Security Cluster of the African Union - Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), WANEP was invited at the Civil Society Pre Summit organized by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) to make a presentation and recommend strategies towards addressing emerging threats to Peace and Security in West Africa.

At the end of the Civil Society pre -summit and in light of the year of Peace and Security in Africa, CSOs especially those working in the areas of peace and security committed themselves to the African Union’s vision of making peace happen on the African continent and made the following recommendations to the African Heads of States and Government ahead of the 15th Ordinary Session of the AU:

  • The AU should Urge and ensure that Member states open up the space and opportunities for CSOs to provide early warning of impending crisis as provided for in the Peace and Security Council Protocol under CEWARN and the Livingstone Formula.
  • The AU should strongly urge Member states to ratify and implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women’s Peace and Security as well as African Charter on Human and Peoples Right and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa.
  • The AU should ensure that annual PSC-ECOSOCC consultation with the ECOSOCC cluster on Peace and Security as stipulated in the Livingstone Formula commences in 2010 as part of the proclamation of the Year of Peace. Further The Peace and Security Cluster of ECOSOCC should be supported to organise Strategic Conflict and Peace Assessments in each of the sub region with a view to informing policy decisions of the Union.
  • That the AU should apply relevant sanctions on member states that fail to comply with the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Good Governance. Specifically, Niger Military Juntas should be made to keep to the transition timeframe and ensure transparent, free and fair elections.
  • To ally electoral violence AU should ensure that all Member State ratify and implement the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Good Governance within the Year of Peace.
  • Economic Empowerment is crucial in conflict zones and post conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation, AU to take full measures to partner with CSOs and private sector to establish developmental projects and organize training programs to build the capacity of youth and women in conflict zones and establish projects that will cater for the needs of the communities and hence create jobs and achieve economic growth and stability.

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