107: Resolution on the Operationalization of the “United Nations - African Union Cooperation Framework for the Ten-Year Capacity Building Programme for the African Union”

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission), meeting at its 41st Ordinary Session in Accra, Ghana, from 16 - 30 May 2007:-

Recalling the signing, on 16 November 2006, of a Declaration on “Enhancing UN-AU Cooperation Framework for the Ten-Year Capacity Building Programme for the African Union” (the Framework), by H. E. Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, and H. E. Alpha Oumar Konare, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union,

Noting that the Framework covers all aspects of the cooperation between the UN and the AU, including human rights, the rule of law, and assistance in institution-building,

Conscious of the fact that the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights is one of the principal organs of the African Union responsible for the promotion and protection of human and people rights in Africa,

Noting the centrality of human and peoples’ rights in the promotion of peace, stability, good governance and sustainable development,

Recognising the necessity to enhance the capacity of the African Commission to enable it effectively discharge its mandate,

Cognizant of the importance of an effective African Commission in the promotion of human rights, the rule of law, peace, and good governance in Africa:

  1. Urges the Secretariat of the United Nations and the Commission of the African Union to take the necessary measures to ensure the operationalization of the Framework;
  1. Further urges the Commission of the African Union to ensure that the operationalization of the Framework addresses the needs of the African Commission in the field of capacity building, and provides it with adequate resources as soon as possible;
  1. Decides to create a focal point to follow-up on this matter.