Addis Ababa, November 5, 2012 (WIC) – African Union Commission said that efforts exerted to enhance peace and security should go hand in hand with the efforts made to ensure sustainable development.
In a meeting held AUC and the its development Partners Group last week in the AU headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it was agreed that activities to ensure lasting peace and security should be integrated with development activities.
In a press release the AUC sent to WIC, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, AUC Chairperson, said that to guarantee stability, Africans have to have development in the long term.
According to the Chairperson said without development, even stable countries can become unstable as citizens become restless.
In its effort to drive the African integration and development process Peace and security, health, education, youth development, women’s empowerment, trade, infrastructural development, institutional capacity building and communication are some among others outlined as some of its priority areas.
Peace and security, health, education, youth development, women’s empowerment, trade, infrastructural development, institutional capacity building and communication were outlined as some of the priority areas of the African Union Commission, as it seeks to drive the African integration and development process, as defined by the African Union.
Health and education were highlighted as “foundations of development”. Associated to that, in the Commission’s view, is the empowerment of women, with the Chairperson stressing the negative effects of the very high maternal mortality in Africa.
In this regard, “Survival of the mother is important not just for her own sake, but also for her family, especially young children whose future would be compromised without a mother”, said the Chairperson. But the AUC Chairperson envisages women’s development going further than just survival - to their active and equal participation in all sectors of the economy as well as their fair representation in decision making positions.
Dr Dlamini Zuma’s address to the partners emphasized, as well, the importance of building the capacity of the AUC so that it will be better able to deliver on its commitments.
Speaking about the input of the partners to the budget of the AU programmes, Dr. Dlamini Zuma expressed her appreciation for the support rendered to the organization ever since it was the Organisation of African Unity. She also underscored that the Commission would like to see Africa make a more significant contribution to the African Union’s budget, in spite of its limited resources.
According to the Co-Chairperson of the African Union Partners Group, the groups aims to facilitate dialogue between partners and the African Union, to realize fruitful cooperation, and to promote dialogue and communication.
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