Assembly of the African Union 15th Ordinary Session, Kampala, Uganda, 25-27 July 2010

Sectors : Peace-building and peacekeeping, Financial Institutions, markets, services and microfinance, Infrastructure General, ICT, Transport, Energy, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Maternal health, reproductive health and infant mortality, Other Preventable Diseases, TB, Health systems, medicines and regulation, General health and health funding, Health and technology, Transparency and accountability
Date made: 
2010
Level: 
Heads Of State

Commitments

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

 “Decision on the report of the Peace and Security Council on its activities and the state of peace and security in Africa

...16.... The Assembly PLEDGES AU’S FULL SUPPORT to the efforts being made by the Sudanese parties and its commitment to respect the outcome of the self-determination referendum and facilitate its implementation, as one of the CPA’s Guarantors;”

 
Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Infrastructure - Infrastructure General

 “Decision on socio-economic transformation and infrastructure development in Africa: energy, railways, roads and ICT sectors

The Assembly,...

...2. RECALLS its previous decisions on infrastructure development in Africa, particularly its “Declaration on development of Transport and Energy Infrastructure in Africa” adopted by the 12th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union on 3 February 2009 in Addis Ababa and “Declaration on ICT in Africa (challenges and prospects)” adopted by the 14th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union on 2 February 2010 in Addis Ababa;...

...6. ENDORSES the recommendations in the above mentioned paper and, more in particular, agrees on the following measures:

(a) FINANCING

i) Prioritize and ring fence infrastructure funding in national budgets for infrastructure development to enable long term planning and development of projects;

ii) Utilize and promote Public Private Partnerships to implement infrastructure projects. This may entail respective Member States to have PPP policy and legal and institutional framework;

iii) Generate funding using infrastructure bonds, and other available modalities, at national, regional and international markets for specific infrastructure projects;

iv) Encourage public companies to float shares to generate revenue from the public which can be used for infrastructure development;

v) Harmonize the financing and execution of cross-border project.”

 
Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Infrastructure - ICT

“Decision on socio-economic transformation and infrastructure development in Africa: energy, railways, roads and ICT sectors

...6. ENDORSES the recommendations in the above mentioned paper and, more in particular, agrees on the following measures:...

 ...(d) ICT

i) Strategic investment in broadband and its integration in national and regional development strategies;

ii) Establish and operationalise ICT Incubation centres and ICT Parks to harness the economic benefits of increased band width;

iii) Adopt e-government models that have been demonstrated to work elsewhere (Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, etc);

iv) Develop regularly frameworks that promote competition and eliminate entry barriers in order to increase competition, reduce prices, and drive growth.”

 
Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Infrastructure - Transport

“Decision on socio-economic transformation and infrastructure development in Africa: energy, railways, roads and ICT sectors

...6. ENDORSES the recommendations in the above mentioned paper and, more in particular, agrees on the following measures:...

 ...(c) TRANSPORT

i) Include in the national priorities the various regional and continental interconnection infrastructure network projects and programmes;

ii) Harmonize regulations, standards and executions to promote country-to-region interconnection and efficient operation of networks and market development;

iii) Create appropriate institutional frameworks for development of the major integration projects and carry out the necessary reforms to ensure better operation and maintenance of the projects;

iv) Contribute financially to the NEPAD infrastructure projects preparation facility;

v) Reduce the cost of construction and maintenance of railway infrastructure by using cheap labour provided by National Armies;”

 
Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Infrastructure - Energy

“Decision on socio-economic transformation and infrastructure development in Africa: energy, railways, roads and ICT sectors

 ...6. ENDORSES the recommendations in the above mentioned paper and, more in particular, agrees on the following measures:...

 ...(b) ENERGY

i) Make electricity infrastructure development a key priority sector in the national development plans;

 ii) Realizing that conventional energy sources are not sufficient to meet the growing demand, consider developing our capacity to generate power from non-traditional sources such as renewable and nuclear energy in the long run. This will entail putting in place a sound framework for the purpose;

 iii) Seek support from multilateral and bilateral development partners to make it a priority to support energy development in Africa in order to meet the MDGs and subsequently reduce dependency on them in the long run.”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Health - Maternal health, reproductive health and infant mortality

 “Decision on the partnership for the eradication of mother-child transmission of HIV/AIDs

The Assembly,

1. REAFFIRMS its previous commitments, especially as contained in the Abuja Declaration on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and other Related Infectious Diseases, the Maputo Plan of Action and the Campaign for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa;..”

 
Scope: 
Africa

“Actions on maternal, newborn and child health and development in Africa by 2015

We, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, meeting at our Fifteenth Ordinary Session in Kampala, Republic of Uganda, from 25 to 27 July 2010, following our debate on “Promoting Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa”:

Acknowledge the progress made in the implementation of these and other relevant commitments on maternal, infant and child health and the launching of the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) by the African Union continentally and nationally but remaining deeply concerned that Africa still has a disproportionately high level of maternal, newborn and child morbidity and mortality due largely to preventable causes;

... Welcome the G8 Muskoka Initiative and the pledge to support maternal, newborn and child health.

Hereby commit to the following:

1. Individually and collectively REAFFIRM our previous commitments aimed at accelerating the health of our people and the social development of Africa. In this regard, we re-dedicate ourselves and commit our countries to accelerate efforts to improve the state of health of Africa’s women and children and thereby attain all Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) particularly MDGs 4, 5 and 6 by 2015.”

 
Scope: 
Africa

“Actions on maternal, newborn and child health and development in Africa by 2015

...2. COMMIT TO UNDERTAKE the following actions:

(i) Launch CARMMA in our countries and broaden it as an advocacy strategy for the promotion of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and involve all key stakeholders such as the women, children and young people, persons with disabilities, parliamentarians, community and religious leaders, civil society organizations, the media, and the private sector and institutionalize an annual CARMMA week in solidarity with the women and children of Africa for the next four years;”

 
Scope: 
Africa

“Actions on maternal, newborn and child health and development in Africa by 2015

...2. COMMIT TO UNDERTAKE the following actions:

 (ii) Strengthen the health system to provide comprehensive, integrated, maternal, newborn and child health care services, in particular through primary health care, repositioning of family planning including reproductive health commodities security, infrastructure development and skilled human resources for health in particular to train Community Health Workers to mitigate the human resource crisis in the Health sector;

(iii) Provide stewardship as national Governments and achieve policy coherence by developing integrated health plans within the development plan with cross disease and cross sector health goals and coordinate multi-sectoral actions and multi-agency partnerships;

(iv) Provide strong support for sharing and scaling up of identified good practices that have high impact and that are cost effective; and request the AU Commission to map and disseminate such practices;...”

 
Scope: 
Africa

“Actions on maternal, newborn and child health and development in Africa by 2015

...2. COMMIT TO UNDERTAKE the following actions:...

...(v) Provide sustainable financing by enhancing domestic resources mobilization including meeting the 15% Abuja target, as well as, mobilizing resources through public-private partnerships and by reducing out-of pocket payments through initiatives such as waiving of user fees for pregnant women and children under five and by instituting national health insurance;

(vi) Request the AU Commission in collaboration with partners including the G-8 to develop a mechanism for accessing such fund by AU Member States;...”

 
Scope: 
Africa

“Actions on maternal, newborn and child health and development in Africa by 2015

...2. COMMIT TO UNDERTAKE the following actions:...

...(v) Provide sustainable financing by enhancing domestic resources mobilization including meeting the 15% Abuja target, as well as, mobilizing resources through public-private partnerships and by reducing out-of pocket payments through initiatives such as waiving of user fees for pregnant women and children under five and by instituting national health insurance;

(vi) Request the AU Commission in collaboration with partners including the G-8 to develop a mechanism for accessing such fund by AU Member States;...”

 
Scope: 
Africa

 “Actions on maternal, newborn and child health and development in Africa by 2015

...2. COMMIT TO UNDERTAKE the following actions:...

...(viii) Institute a strong and functional monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework at country level to provide accurate, reliable and timely maternal, newborn, and child data to monitor progress against agreed indicators and targets, measure health performance and for informed decisions and actions including making maternal deaths notifiable and institute maternal death reviews.”

 
Scope: 
Africa