AU Executive Council reviews outcome of ministerial meetings (News Feature)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Executive Council of the African Union (AU), comprising the continent's foreign ministers, will, as usual, at the 16th summit, review the conclusions of ministerial meetings and other conferences held since the last summit of July 2010.

The ministers will essentially discuss the outcome of the meetings on African fisheries and aquaculture, the social policy framework for Africa, the fight against human trafficking, especially women and children, the acceleration of the intra-African trade and the need to ensure the continent becomes “food basket of the world”.

However, the issues to be deliberated upon, which are of pressing interest to Africans, considering the theme of the summit, focuses on modalities for the implementation of the Social Policy Framework for Africa (CPSA), whose foreign ministers are expected to take a decision to strengthen the social policy of member states of the African Union.

The second session of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Social Development, held in November 2010, in Khartoum, Sudan, under the theme: "Strengthening Social Policy Action Towards Social Inclusion", enabled African ministers to adopt strategies for the implementation of the Social Policy Framework for Africa (SPF) and to consider critical capacity-building modalities to facilitate the implementation.  

According to an AU report, development in most countries has not made significant impact on the lives of the majority of the population, especially the marginalized and vulnerable groups.

Therefore, many countries in Africa continue to face social development crises, including inadequate basic social infrastructure, such as health and education, a high burden of disease, high illiteracy rates, gender inequality, political instability and general insecurity.

The adverse effects of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria on social development in Africa are well known, with millions of people infected every year, which has hindered the provision of adequate social protection services.

Member states should scale up efforts towards social protection for all, with emphasis on the vulnerable, through an integrated and multi-sectoral approach.

In order for the continent to achieve the MDGs by 2015, social protection requires the involvement and collaboration of other social development sectoral ministries and partners, each of them playing a supplementary role in efforts to improve the welfare of all Africans.
-0- PANA SSB/BOS 27Jan2011

By Biava Seshie, PANA Correspondent

27 january 2011 17:48:02




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