AU Summit receives 58 decisions, 2 declarations, 1 resolution

Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The 5th African Union (AU) Summit, which opens Monday in Sirte, the hometown of Col.
Moammar Kadhafi, will analyse and debate 58 draft decisions, two draft declarations and one draft resolution produced and submitted by the Executive Council which held sessions ahead of the summit.
The texts, which were scrupulously examined and approved late Sunday by the Executive Council comprising African foreign ministers, deal with diplomatic, economic, social and cultural issues on the continent.
They are dominated however by the institutional, administrative and budget issues and mechanisms to follow up decisions already taken, or conferences held or planned in Africa or concerning the continent.
The draft resolution submitted to the AU leaders was made in Sirte as an African negotiating position ahead of the expected reform of the UN decision-making bodies and functioning.
Under that resolution, Africa wants the UN General Assembly to define and endorse what the continent's negotiating positions would be after the UN is reformed.
One of the two declarations submitted to the Summit Leaders on Monday sets the line under which the continent would maintain its stance, during talks with the other regions in the world, about the reform of the UN system.
The second declaration, which also deals with the relations between Africa and the UN, is on the assessment of the achieved MDGs in AU member countries.
Half of the other draft decisions submitted to the Sirte summit for approval concerns the Union's administrative, budget and financial functioning.
The draft decisions range from the drawing up of a new contribution scale, with Libya, South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria and Egypt, the continent's financial powers, representing 65 percent of the Union's ordinary budget; the election or appointment of the members of the Internal Verification Council and the African Commission of Human Rights or the African Experts' Committee on Children's Rights.
The ministers also submitted economic, social and cultural issues, which must be decided at a higher political level for approval by the heads of state and government.
They concern the authorisation to institutionalise the Conference of African economic and financial ministers and the merging of the African court on human rights and the AU court of justice.
The Sirte summit will also examine Africa's answer to the Blair report and its proposals, as well as the member states' pledge to include sickle cell anaemia among the priority public health issues in all countries.

04 july 2005 09:11:00

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