Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want
This strategy document from the African Union lays out the broad goals for Africa's development as a continent from 2015 up to the year 2063. Today's discussion will cover the document's first half: the sections "Voices of the African People" and "African Aspirations for 2063," (p. 1 - 10). Click here for full access to the document: https://au.int/sites/default/files/documents/36204-doc-agenda2063_popular_version_en.pdf
"THE VOICES OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE
We, the people of Africa and her Diaspora, united in diversity, young and old, men and women, girls and boys from all walks of life, deeply conscious of history, express our deep appreciation to all generations of Pan-Africanists. In particular, to the founders of the Organisation of African Unity for having bequeathed us an Africa with exemplary successes in the fight against slavery, colonialism and apartheid. Agenda 2063, rooted in Pan Africanism and African Renaissance, provides a robust framework for addressing past injustices and the realisation of the 21st Century as the African Century.
We echo the Pan-African call that Africa must unite in order to realize its Renaissance. Present generations are confident that the destiny of Africa is in their hands, and that they must act now to shape the future they want. Fifty years after the first thirty-three (33) independent African states took a landmark decision to form the Organization of African Unity, we are looking ahead towards the next fifty years.
In this new and noble initiative, past plans and commitments have been reviewed, and we pledge to take into account lessons from them as we implement Agenda 2063. These include: mobilization of the people and their ownership of continental programmes at the core; the principle of self-reliance and Africa financing its own development; the importance of capable, inclusive and accountable states and institutions at all levels and in all spheres; the critical role of Regional Economic Communities as building blocks for continental unity; taking into account of the special challenges faced by both island and land-locked states; and holding ourselves and our governments and institutions accountable for results. Agenda 2063 will not happen spontaneously, it will require conscious and deliberate efforts to nurture a transformative leadership that will drive the agenda and defend Africa’s interests.
We rededicate ourselves to the enduring Pan African vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.”
AFRICAN ASPIRATIONS FOR 2063
Our united voices paint a picture of what we desire for ourselves, for future generations and the continent.
The aspirations reflect our desire for shared prosperity and well-being, for unity and integration, for a continent of free citizens and expanded horizons, where the full potential of women and youth, boys and girls are realized, and with freedom from fear, disease and want.
Africa is self-confident in its identity, heritage, culture and shared values and as a strong, united and influential partner on the global stage making its contribution to peace, human progress, peaceful co-existence and welfare. In short, a different and better Africa.
We are confident that Africa has the capability to realise her full potential in development, culture and peace and to establish flourishing, inclusive and prosperous societies. We thus, commit to act together towards achieving the following aspirations:
OUR ASPIRATIONS FOR THE AFRICA WE WANT
A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development
An integrated continent, politically united based on the ideals of Pan Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance
An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law
A peaceful and secure Africa
An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics
An Africa, whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children
Africa as a strong, united, resilient and influential global player and partner"
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