Wednesday, February 8, 2017

AUSC President's Office Wishes to share an invitation to all AUSC Leaders,Advisors, Members and Friends to participate in the Making It Happen: Agenda 2063 Citizen Summit Theme "The Citizen Power to Build a Self-Reliant Africa."

Hello, this is the Executive Summary of the historic Summit. The Executive Summary captures the subsequent contents. The full Concept Note will be completed today, Jan. 7, 2017, after feed-back from some Ministries of Foreign Affairs, sub-national Diaspora Offices and organizations in Africa. 
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"An Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its people,  and representing a dynamic force in the global arena."

Making It Happen: Agenda 2063 Citizen Summit 
African Citizenry in Africa and the Diaspora for Common Development
And the Casablanca African Legacy Gala

New York, USA
September 22-24, 2017
During the UN General Assembly
Concept Note 
Theme "The Citizen Power to Build a Self-Reliant Africa."
"Capacity development is the process through which individuals, groups and organizations, and societies deploy, adapt, strengthen, and maintain the capabilities to define, plan and achieve their own development objectives on an inclusive, participatory, and sustainable basis." 
Presented to the African Union Organs 
AU Member States and Local Governments
Civil Society Institutions; Multilateral Institutions
Research by Evelyn Joe in collaboration with Agenda 2063 Theme Organizers

African Union Vision is: "an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in  the global arena."

In 2015, African nations adopted the historic, transformative and harmonizing roadmap for Africa's economic, social and political developments. Known as Agenda 2063, the framework is implemented in Five Ten-Year Strategic Phases  at National level that includes sub-national developments, Regional and Continental levels. The First Five Ten-Year Implementation Plan is  from 2014 to 2023. There are mid-term reviews after every five years.
Attached is a Briefing Kit:
In March 2014, before the Agenda 2063 framework was finalized, the African Union addressed the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (Vision 2030) in the Common African Position under Six Pillars: 1) Structural Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth;  2) Science, Technology and  Innovation; 3) People centered Development; 4) Environmental Sustainability, Natural Resource Management and Disaster Risk Management; 5) Peace and Security; 6) Finance and Partnerships. 
Agenda 2063 is anchored on Seven Pillars of Aspirations and 20 corresponding Goals with Priority Areas;  Process actions and Milestones, and Indicative Strategies that must be considered to achieve success by a period. . All the post-2015 SDGs are addressed in more details under the relevant Seven Pillars of Aspirations. Therefore, the SDGs are not independent of Agenda 2063.
Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are expected to ensure that their outcomes/results are comparable through harmonization and adherence to continental guidelines with respect to the goals, target and performance indicators, measurements, methodologies for data collection and analysis.  Agenda 2063 has fast-tracked programs that are included in the Priorities: . Learning from past lessons, building on previous frameworks and progress, and strategically utilizing opportunities in the short, medium and long term, Agenda 2063 is "a global strategy to optimize the use of Africa's resources for the benefits of all Africans."  
Numerous conferences have addressed the role of the civil society in development and Diaspora engagements in general. However, there has been little or no coordinated effort to align the relevance with Agenda 2063 and sensitize an inclusive African citizenry on the most profound framework in the history of Africa that is expected to address all aspects of life, including the future united Africa.  The awareness, especially at grassroots level, is negligible or absent. At a time when the clarion call by African leaders cannot be louder for Africa's self-reliance, the benign neglect can be redressed by going beyond  government-to-government, multilateral institution discussions and dependency foreign experts to involve cross sections of the African civil society in owning and driving the process.
In order to drive the process, the African citizenry must be informed and active, which is essential for the actualization of each of the Goals.  At subnational levels, working with local governments, NGOs in the non-profit or for-profit sectors, sectoral or cross-sectoral groups can participate in alignment of national visions to Agenda 2063; preparation of medium term plans based on Agenda 2063;  implementation;  monitoring and evaluation at the grassroots level. 

The Concept Paper  is  a  reference  document  of  Making it Happen: The Agenda 2063 Citizen Summit that is designed to bring together the African citizenry in Africa and the Diaspora for common understanding of Agenda 2063; document contributions, including in the informal sector; explore opportunities and redress challenges to 'African ownership' of the process objectives with evident capacity in this unprecedented popularization of Agenda 2063.

The Concept Paper  highlights the roles of target participants to shed light on the crucial relationship between interest in programs, capacity for implementation, and the expected outcomes. The detailed sessions will be developed by theme or sectoral committees based on the Goals. Participants may address developments in each of the Five Regions in Africa, which will also support regional integration. 

Ultimately, the Summit will promote effective engagement and accountability strategies on how public-private partnerships can use best practices to sensitize and incentivize the resourcefulness of the African citizenry in the Diaspora and in Africa on common purposes to advance the holistic welfare of local communities, national and regional growth and  the African society as a whole.

African Union Diaspora: Actualizing Agenda 2063, 7915 24th Place, Hyattsvile, MD 20783

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Shared by Professor Mammo Muchie, AUSC President's Special Advisor For African Union Focal Point


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