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We are the largest association of Protestant, Orthodox and Indigenous churches in Africa.

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The AACC fellowship accounts for over 120 million Christians across the continent.

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Our programmes are diverse equiping members in Good Governance and Democratic Transitions, Migration and Human Trafficking, Interfaith Dialogue among others.
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Statement On Promotion Of A Peaceful Africa

We, the participants from different parts of Africa of the consultation on the Promotion of a Peaceful Africa (Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want) of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) in partnership with the African Union (AU), held at Desmond Tutu Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya from 29 - 30 November, 2016; after the two-day discussion, deep reflection, sharing and informed by the deliberations of the AACC Advisory Committee on Peace:

Following the consultation meeting of African faith based organization on Agenda 2063 organized by African Union Commission and AACC at Desmond Tutu Conference Centre on November 5 - 6, 2014;

Affirming that God created all human beings in His own image and likeness without partiality; 

Recognizing that the mission of faith communities is to promote peace, reconciliation, healing, forgiveness and to stand by the side of the vulnerable, marginalized and the unheard voices in our society;

Notwithstanding the challenges facing Africa, we are encouraged at the various positive indicators in the continent– economic, social, political, and spiritual, among others – that Africa is a continent on the path to great achievements. These include the prediction that Africa is the new frontier for economic growth, the bulge in the youth population and the important role of Faith Based Organizations in promoting a culture of peace;

Encouraged by the progress of Member States in the Domestication of Agenda 2063, a vision for the next step in the continent’s growth;

Noticing that Agenda 2063 is an important milestone by Africans for African solutions towards sustainable peace, security, development and regional integration toward the Africa we want;

Recognizing the need to make the compassionate voice of Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and of all morality sing out loud and clear to challenge the voices of hatred, exclusion, chauvinism and violent extremism;

Recognizing the need of promoting equality amongst genders, youth and the welfare of children at all levels;

Taking into consideration that the Golden Rule which states “treat others the way you want to be treated” helps to enhance peaceful coexistence, build trust, respect and human dignity;

Bearing in mind the need for harnessing the potential of the African youth in a manner that promotes their dignity and the future of the continent; 

Being aware that the challenges of HIV/AIDS continue to be one of the most serious threats to peace, security and development in Africa;

Being cognizant that the proliferation and accessibility of Small Arms and Light Weapons devastating lives, communities, as well as exacerbating the tensions and conflicts across the continent;

Welcoming the initiative of the African Union interfaith dialogue forum;

Recognizing Africa as one continent of multiple diversities –religious, ethnic, historical– which all together give us the African identity.

 

We hereby call:

  1. African governments, regional economic communities, civil society, the Church, Faith Based Organizations, the African Union and United Nations agencies to work in partnership towards ensuring that the dividends of economic growth are shared more equitably, especially towards giving the youth of Africa self-esteem, hope, and the opportunity of a future within our beloved continent.
  2. Africans in the continent and in the diaspora to work in partnership towards the achievement of Agenda 2063.
  3. All the people of religious faith to work towards inclusivity in the political, economic and spiritual well-being of the society, nation and Africa as a whole;
  4. The Church, National Councils of Churches, and other FBOs, to develop a Plan of Action for the promotion and implementation of Agenda 2063 & Sustainable Development Goals and share it with their followers and networks;
  5. The Church and governments (in partnership with organizations such as UNAIDS and other Partners) commit to strengthen efforts and strategies to achieve the goal of preventing HIV and ending AIDS as a public threat in Africa;
  6. To heed to the call of the World Council of Churches (WCC) June 2016 call to action, to step up efforts in Prevention and treatment of new infections,  as well as to intensify  value-based Family Life and Health education;
  7. AU Member States to ratify protocols and strengthen operating procedures related to the control and management of Small Arms and Light Weapons, within the nations and along the borders in Africa.
  8. Media agencies and journalists not to entertain hate speech.
  9. We call upon Religious Leaders and media operators in Africa to offer support in training ethical and moral journalism.
  10. We also call journalists to place more emphasis on reporting on matters within the continent;
  11. African governments to introduce peace, ethical & moral values and good governance education in school curricula;
  12. Peace education programs to be strengthened by all religious faith traditions.

As God’s servants for peace we:

  1. Commit to promote a culture of justice and peace in order to increase our engagement in enhancing democracy at the national, regional and continental levels;
  2. Commit efforts towards a holistic and just society – free of corruption, conflict and disease;
  3. Commit to support the effort of the African Union and our member states in silencing  guns by 2020;
  4. Affirm and commit to actively understand, engage and popularize Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  5. Encourage and support the translation of the Agenda 2063 in the respective local languages so as to understand ordinary people well;
  6. Commit to place renewed and continuous emphasis in our churches on the challenge of HIV/AIDS and the need for acceptance – not stigmatization – emphasizing leadership by example, dialogue, love, compassion, and intensification of advocacy for strengthening HIV/AIDS testing, counselling, treatment and care services;
  7. Affirm to commit resources and institutional support for the youth and women to take their vital role in the realization of Agenda 2063;
  8. Commit to work in partnership with Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) in creating awareness on the impact of Small arms and light weapons (SALW) for peace and security;
  9. We pledge to join hands with RECSA in the implementation of the Nairobi Protocol as a response to solve the problem of the proliferation of SALW in Africa;
  10. Commit to be stewards of the environment and address the issue of climate change. Commit to support in the effort of safeguarding of wildlife;
  11. Dedicate to work in close partnership with others within and outside the continent to achieve a united, peaceful and prosperous Africa;
  12. Dedicate our efforts and committed to undertake deliberate actions for the protection and promotion of child well-being in Africa;
  13. Strongly commit to respect the dignity and God’s image in every human being;

Done in Nairobi, November 30, 2016.
May God of Life Lead Africa and the rest of the world to Peace, Justice and Dignity.
MAY PEACE PREVAIL IN AFRICA AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) - in partnership with Cevaa (Community of Churches in Mission) and other ecumenical partners - has stood by the victims and survivors of the Ebola virus epidemics, which struck three countries in West Africa, namely Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (Conakry) in 2014 and 2015.

The Christian Council of Guinea, supported by the AACC, helped the victims, at the peak of the crisis, through pastoral support, provision of protection kits, etc.
Recently, with the second financial support provided by the AACC, they got involved in the material support to survivors. The General Secretary, Mr. David Sow, and his working team considered that it was “better to teach the Ebola survivors how to fish, than give them fish”, paraphrasing the popular saying.

At the end of the epidemics, the Council organized more than 20 co-operatives of widowers and widows, comprising about 20 to 25 people each.
The objective of grouping them is to give them financial support, to enable them have groundnuts and rice farms and vegetable gardens.  After a few months, many villages around Forecariah, Macenta and Gueckedou managed to reconstitute their stock of seeds and attain food security, the lack of which has become a major concern in almost every part of Africa.

A number of orphaned children also benefitted from some financial support to enable them continue their studies. The strong hope of the Council is that those children would not have to go back home, once this one-time support stops.

This is the opportunity to recall that the AACC has been trying to stand with people going through challenges, as per Jesus’ order: “You give them something to eat.” (Mark 6:37a). Cevaa’s support of USD 50,000, which was channeled through the AACC, also enabled us to reach other victims in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The Director of Theology, Family Life and Gender Justice, the Rev. Dr. Lydia Mwaniki attended a training on Women’s Human Rights Advocacy for Faith-Based Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, from 4 to 9 July, 2016. The training was organized by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in collaboration with the World Council of Churches (WCC). It gathered 46 participants from 28 countries in different parts of the world.

The aim of the workshop was to educate the participants working with Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) on the international legal instruments on gender justice such as Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. This would make these instruments accessible to the participants, who would in turn use them as tools for advocacy and as well hold their governments and institutions accountable for gender justice and defense of women’s rights.
 
Participants were taught how to integrate gender analysis and Rights-Based approach in advocacy for women’s human rights. The Rights-Based approach enables advocacy work to be human-rights based. In order to use this tool, one must know human rights norms and principles. Since the main objective of human rights advocacy is the realization of human rights, the process and outcomes must be human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination. It is upon members of each nation to hold their nations, which have signed the UN Declaration of Human Rights accountable, if these rights are violated.

In the course of the training, participants had discussions with CEDAW Committee members. They also participated in the 64th session of CEDAW at the UN "Palais des Nations" to familiarize themselves with how the Committee holds individual governments accountable for gender discrimination. In that session, the government of Myanmar was being questioned by the Committee about a report on gender injustice which had been submitted to them by women of Myanmar. Members of each continent met separately and discussed how they would take the training further at a continental level. 
 
The Theology, Family Life and Gender Justice Department intends to:  
• Collaborate with other stakeholders to hold a side-event on Gender Based Violence (GBV) during the AU Summit in January 2017.
• Organize a similar advocacy workshop for women leaders in AACC constituency to empower them to engage with AU using the Maputo Protocol as a tool to hold local/national authorities accountable. 
• Develop a biblical and theological basis of the legal instruments to break barriers between secular human rights and biblical teachings, and as reference points by FBOs in their advocacy work.
• Develop AACC Gender Policy.

Rev. Dr. Mwaniki (at the center) during a session
Rev. Dr. Mwaniki (at the center) during a session
Rev. Dr. Mwaniki (left) greeting one of the organizers during an activity of introductions
Rev. Dr. Mwaniki (left) greeting one of the organizers during an activity of introductions
Rev. Dr. Mwaniki (second from left) during another activity highlighting early child marriage
Rev. Dr. Mwaniki (second from left) during another activity highlighting early child marriage

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