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Pan-African Parliament Participates in Strategic Reflection on African Governance Architecture

The Pan-African Parliament took part in the strategic reflection on the African Governance Architecture (AGA) held in Nairobi, Kenya from 9-11 July 2023. The engagement, organized by the African Governance Platform (AGP) ahead of the 5th Mid Year Coordination Meeting of the African Union, aimed to enhance synergy and collaboration in joint flagship projects promoting the African Union's shared values instruments.

The Pan-African Parliament is the legislative body of the African Union, dedicated to promoting democratic governance, human rights, and the rule of law in Africa. As one of the AGA Platform members, it actively contributes to the AGA's objectives alongside the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR), and the Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC).

During the strategic reflection, members of the AGP discussed flagship projects aligned with Aspirations 3 and 4 of Agenda 2063, focusing on democratic governance, peace, and security. The outcomes were presented to the Platform for adoption, emphasizing the importance of transversal programmatic interventions that promote civic engagement, participation, open governance, and accountability.

The Pan-African Parliament has played a critical role in rethinking the strategic direction of AGA. Leading up to the Nairobi engagement, the Continental Parliament hosted the Stakeholders' Consultation Meeting (SCM) in June 2023, aimed at evaluating the progress of the African Governance Architecture Support Project (AGA-SP). The meeting resolved to reorient the project's strategic direction to address pressing issues and align with AU institutional reforms.

The AGA, established in 2012, serves as a comprehensive framework for addressing governance challenges in Africa and has evolved into a formal decision-making platform. It supports the effective implementation of AU shared values and contributes to advancing the African democracy, human rights, and governance agenda.

Source: MCU, Pan-African Parliament

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