All Africa Conference of Churches
Statement of Affirmation and Commitment of Faith-Based Organisations in Africa on the African Union Agenda 2063
Being a Statement issued at the end of the African Union Consultation with African Faith-Based Organisations on the Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, held on 5th and 6th November 2014 at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre Nairobi, Kenya, organised by the African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC).
The religious groups are a major component of the African society. This is evident in the popular view that Africa is a religious continent and that its people, are religious as well. Religion and religious expressions play a profound role in the construction of the African identity and social interaction. It becomes imperative for the African Union to seek for the inputs and collaboration of faith-based organisations in mapping strategy for a future desired for the continent. It was against this background that this consultation was convened.
We, the religious leaders present unanimously commend the African Union for such a visionary action of developing the Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want as a step in the right direction and most timely. We also appreciate the AUC working in collaboration with African Development Bank, Economic Commission for Africa and New Partnership for Africa’s Development for the initiative to involve faith-based organisations in the whole process of dreaming of a future for our beloved continent; We acknowledge the urgent need for the Agenda 2063 as a blue print by Africans for Africa’s development agenda for the next 50 years; We acknowledge that, as religious leaders, we have a critical role to play towards the realization of the Agenda 2063; We acknowledge that the letter and spirit of the Seven Aspirations of the Agenda 2063 resonate well with both our spiritual values and social realities; We acknowledge with deep gratitude the role played by the AACC in facilitating this meeting and offering hospitality to us.
We observed that:
- To a great extent, the Agenda 2063 has addressed the contestations of the kind of Africa we want;
- The ownership and commitment to the Agenda 2063 by the African political leadership is critical for its successful implementation;
- Contributions made in other initiatives especially the Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda are closely related to the Agenda 2063, therefore proper alignment should be done for broad impact;
- It is difficult to foster a culture of peace in an atmosphere of increased militarization in the continent.
- The Agenda 2063 framework should be simplified for easy understanding and usage;
- In order to ensure the effective implementation of the Agenda 2063, a Monitoring and Evaluation system should be put in place to track progress at the country level;
- Appropriate measures should be taken to tackle challenges such as corruption, youth unemployment, land grabbing, gender inequality, religious extremism, and militarization of the state, in order that the continent achieve the Aspirations of Agenda 2063;
- Acknowledge and harness the huge potential of women and youth to contribute immensely towards the realization of Agenda 2063;
- Civic education should be integrated in educational curricula at all levels;
- We recommend for genuine and timely solidarity with those in difficult situations and challenging moments in the spirit of Pan-Africanism;
- To effectively mobilize Africans in Diaspora to work actively towards the realization of the Agenda 2063;
- To establish a permanent platform/forum where religious leaders and AUC meet periodically to discuss and assess the progress of the Agenda 2063.
We as religious leaders commit ourselves to;
- Participate fully in the realization of the Aspirations outlined in Agenda 2063 and in driving the Pan-African agenda;
- Vehemently oppose all forms of politicization of religion and religious extremism;
- Deliberately work in collaboration with each other to prevent conflicts and entrench a culture of peace and reconciliation;
- Mobilize our constituents to intentionally work towards the realization of the Agenda 2063;
- Be in solidarity with each other especially the people in difficult situations and challenging moments;
- Practice what we preach in accordance with our religious values of love and good neighborliness.
We hereby affirm our commitment to the foregoing statement on this day 6th November 2014