Assembly of the African Union 13th Ordinary Session, Sirte, Libya, 1-3 July 2009

Sectors : International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions, Regional cooperation and integration, Peace-building and peacekeeping, Financial Institutions, markets, services and microfinance, Agricultural investment and production, Agriculture trade, Food security, Climate change - general, Gender and economic opportunity, Gender and social development
Date made: 
2009
Level: 
Heads Of State

Commitments

Commitments in: Development partnerships - International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions

“DECISION ON THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION STRATEGIC PLAN 2009-2012

The Assembly,

1. ENDORSES the recommendations of the Executive Council as contained in its Decision EX.CL./Dec. 481(XIV) adopted at its Fifteenth Ordinary Session in Sirte, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya in June 2009;”
 

Scope: 
Regional Africa

“DECISION ON THE PREVENTION OF UNCONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES OF GOVERNMENT AND STRENGTHENING THE CAPACITY OF THE AFRICAN UNION TO MANAGE SUCH SITUATIONS

The Assembly,...

...3. REITERATES, in the meantime, AU’s strong commitment to the provisions of Articles 4(p) and 30 of the Constitutive Act of the African Union, the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council (PSC), the July 1999 Algiers Decision and the July 2000 Lomé Declaration on Unconstitutional Changes of Government. In this respect, the Assembly URGES all Member States that have not yet done so to take the necessary steps to sign/ratify the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance adopted by the Eighth Ordinary Session of the Assembly held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 30 January 2007 in order to strengthen the capacity of the AU to deal with the scourge of unconstitutional changes of Government.”
 

Scope: 
Regional Africa

Commitments in: Development partnerships - Regional cooperation and integration

“DECISION ON THE REPORT OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE ON NEPAD

The Assembly,...

...2. ENDORSES the conclusions of the Twenty-First NEPAD HSGIC Summit;”
 

Scope: 
Regional Africa

Commitments in: Peace and security - Peace-building and peacekeeping

“DECISION TO COMBAT THE PAYMENT OF RANSOM TO TERRORIST GROUPS

The Assembly,...

...5. REAFFIRMS its determination to combat terrorism as a threat to international peace and security, and to strive to curb all sources of financing this phenomenon;

6. ALSO REAFFIRMS the urgent necessity to consolidate the existing legal arsenal to combat terrorism and to adopt restrictive legal measures to combat the payment of ransom to terrorist groups;”
 

Scope: 
Regional Africa

“DECISION ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE AFRICAN AGENCY FOR THE PROTECTION OF TERRITORIAL AND ECONOMIC WATERS OF AFRICAN COUNTRIES

The Assembly,...

...3. DECIDES to include the functions of the African Agency to protect regional waters and the economies of African countries into the functions of the African Union Authority.”
 

Scope: 
Regional Africa

Commitments in: Private Sector development and financial services for the poor - Financial Institutions, markets, services and microfinance

“SIRTE DECLARATION ON INVESTING IN AGRICULTURE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND FOOD SECURITY

WE, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, meeting at our Thirteenth Ordinary Session in Sirte, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya from 1 to 3 July 2009,

UNDERTAKE TO:

1. Meet our individual and collective responsibilities and commitments to provide necessary leadership on comprehensive and Africa-wide approaches to address the root causes of poverty and hunger, and accelerate progress towards achieving the growth and budgetary targets set out in the CAADP Agenda and Framework;”
 

Scope: 
Regional Africa

Commitments in: Agriculture - Agricultural investment and production

“DECLARATION ON LAND ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN AFRICA

WE, the Heads of States and Government of the African Union, meeting at our Thirteenth Ordinary Session in Sirte, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, from 1 to 3 July 2009;

REAFFIRMING the commitments we have made to poverty eradication with the view to raising the living standards of our peoples and the wellbeing of our future generations;

UNDERTAKE TO:

1. prioritise, initiate and lead land policy development and implementation processes in our countries, notwithstanding the extent of multi-stakeholder contribution to such processes involving also civil society, private sector;

2. support the emergence of the institutional framework required for the effective development and implementation of land policy and implementation;

3. allocate adequate budgetary resources for land policy development and implementation processes, including the monitoring of progress.”

 

Scope: 
Regional Africa

“SIRTE DECLARATION ON INVESTING IN AGRICULTURE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND FOOD SECURITY

WE, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, meeting at our Thirteenth Ordinary Session in Sirte, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya from 1 to 3 July 2009,...

...2. Support relevant policy and institutional reforms that will stimulate and facilitate accelerated expansion of agriculture related market opportunities by modernizing domestic and regional trading systems, removing obstacles to trans-border trades, and increasing access by smallholder farmers to inputs and the necessary commercial infrastructure and technical skills to fully integrate them into the growing value chains;”
 

Scope: 
Regional Africa

Commitments in: Climate Change - Climate change - general

“DECISION ON THE AFRICAN COMMON POSITION ON CLIMATE CHANGE INCLUDING THE MODALITIES OF THE REPRESENTATION OF AFRICA TO THE WORLD SUMMIT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The Assembly,...

...2. APPROVES the recommendations of the Executive Council on the African common position on climate change including the modalities of the representation of Africa at the World Summit on climate change scheduled for Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009, as contained in its Decision EX.CL/500(XV) adopted in Sirte, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya;”
 

Scope: 
Regional Africa

“SIRTE DECLARATION ON INVESTING IN AGRICULTURE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND FOOD SECURITY

WE, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, meeting at our Thirteenth Ordinary Session in Sirte, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya from 1 to 3 July 2009,...

...3. Develop and implement continental and regional level strategies that embrace climate change mitigation and adaptation measures as integral components in our agriculture development agendas and ensure that Africa’s positions and interests are recognized in the global dialogue on climate change, starting with the forthcoming Post-Kyoto protocol negotiations;”
 

Scope: 
Regional Africa

Commitments in: Gender - Gender and economic opportunity

“DECLARATION ON LAND ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN AFRICA

WE, the Heads of States and Government of the African Union, meeting at our Thirteenth Ordinary Session in Sirte, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, from 1 to 3 July 2009;...

...RESOLVE TO:

1. ensure that land laws provide for equitable access to land and related resources among all land users including the youth and other landless and vulnerable groups such as displaced persons;

2. strengthen security of land tenure for women which require special attention...”
 

Scope: 
Regional Africa

Commitments in: Gender - Gender and social development

“SIRTE DECLARATION ON INVESTING IN AGRICULTURE FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND FOOD SECURITY

WE, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, meeting at our Thirteenth Ordinary Session in Sirte, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya from 1 to 3 July 2009,...

...4. Expand investments in specially targeted social protection policies and measures through predictable public support best suited for the local circumstances with special focus on most vulnerable and poor sections of society including gender programmes;”
 

Scope: 
Regional Africa