The Pan-African Council forges new educational partnerships for the Diaspora in Brazil and Colombia.

PAC Forges New Educational Partnerships for the Diaspora in Brazil and Colombia

PAC Ambassador to Brazil, Mr. Rodrigo Faustino, alongside the special advisor to the Government for the Campos Prefecture in Brazil, Mr. Rogerio Siqueira have established a cooperation framework for educational exchange in the sciences and humanities with the Republic of Colombia.

As reported by the Brazilian newspaper Folha1, the Brazilian delegation lead the negotiation with Senator Murillo Benitez and Cezar Cabezas for the establishment of the Campos-Colombia project with the interchange of universities and the inclusion of scholarships especially focused on the African Diaspora in both #Colombia and #Brazil. The cooperative framework will be followed-up in April, with an official visit from the Colombia delegation to the cities of Campos and Río de Janeiro.

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The Pan-African Council has been invited to consult the African Union at the 2nd Diaspora Focal Points Workshop organized on the back of the Consultative Act of the African Union regarding the African Diaspora.

Pan-African Council correspondent to Haiti, Mr. Peterson Saint Jean reports on the latest developments in the capital city of Port-au-Prince as the country mobilizes itself to hold its leadership accountable for the alleged embezzlement of billions of dollars through PetroCaribe. The youth of Haiti has shown increased political awareness and a willingness to make their voices heard, connecting themselves to the global struggle for African liberation.

The Pan-African Council is a proud partner of the 3rd Pan-African Global Meeting: “Diplomacy, Commitment and Solidarity” presided by the Honorable African Union Ambassador to United States, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao and organized by COINDAH.

Pan-African Council Ambassador Norbert Haguma contributes to the African Continental Free Trade Area (#AfCFTA) discussions and recommendations at the African Union in Dakar, Senegal

The next decade of land policy in Africa: ensuring agricultural development and inclusive growth


The Pan-African Council will be attending the inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa, co-hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Forum on Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), which will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the African Union Conference Center from 11 to 14 November 2014, on the theme “The next decade of land policy in Africa: ensuring agricultural development and inclusive growth.” This theme was selected in support of the declaration of 2014 by the African Union as the “Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa”.

Despite land being considered a topical issue for the African development agenda, no major land event was previously organized on the continent. The Conference on Land Policy in Africa, held biennially, will respond to the need to have a continental land policy platform. The Conference is intended to have a catalytic effect in creating a forum for presenting research activities, and focusing the attention of a comprehensive range of stakeholders on the issues and status of land policy in Africa.

The Conference will also provide an opportunity for showcasing emerging and promising practices, and facilitating networking among land experts and land professionals in Africa. The conference will meet the existing need of African stakeholders, and complement existing initiatives. The format of the Conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, side events, panel discussions, and exhibitions.

Overall Objective
The Conference on Land Policy in Africa will be a policy and learning event. Its overall objective will be to deepen capacity for land policy in Africa through improved access to knowledge and information, in support of evidence-based land policymaking and implementation. The Conference will adopt a scientific approach. It will capture a broad range of emerging knowledge, and generate interest in current land policy themes from a wide range of African policy actors – within academia and beyond.

The inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa will focus on the following sub-themes:

  • Inclusive agricultural growth (agricultural investment, productivity experiences securing land rights in the context of large scale investments)
  • Land governance frameworks – experiences in implementing frameworks and coherence at country level (specific land governance frameworks, implications for land management and land rights)
  • Women’s land rights – impact of land reforms and addressing persisting policy bottlenecks
  • Securing land rights under different tenure regimes
  • Experiences and emerging best practices in developing and implementing land policies (rural and urban)
  • Land administration

It is expected that the Conference will attract some 400 participants, representing African Union Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), farmers’ and civil society organizations, research institutions and academia, the private sector, land practitioners (surveyors, mapping companies, administrators), and donors.

AU and New Zealand Government partner Launch AU Handbook 2014

AU_Handbook_2014Addis Ababa, 27 January 2014 – The African Union Commission and the Government of New Zealand have collaborated to produce a comprehensive guide to the African Union system.

The first edition of African Union Handbook 2014 was launched in the margins of the African Union Executive Council at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa today Monday 27 January 2014 by Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga, Commissioner for Human Resources
Science and Technology of the African Union, and Mr Murray Mc Cully, New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in the presence of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the
AUC, AU Commissioners and invited guests.

The African Union Handbook 2014 is a ready reference guide for people working in all parts of the AU system as well as the AU’s many partners and wider civil society. It has been modelled on the United Nations Handbook, a publication that has been produced by the New Zealand Government for over 50 years.

“Today, the AU is central to the advancement of Africa. It is the pre-eminent organisation of the continent. This African Union Handbook 2014 will be a valuable guide to our Member States, citizens and partners as they navigate the AU system”, said Dr. Ikounga.

“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity and African Union (OAU/AU), and as we engage in the process of conceiving Agenda 2063, it is timely for the AU system to have this guide”, added the AUC Commissioner.

“The handbook contains detailed and factual information about the AU and summary information relating to its predecessor, the OAU, which was formed in 1963. It illustrates some of the work that has gone into building African unity, prosperity and peace through the AU, the solid achievements of pan-Africanism and pathways to the future”, underlined Dr Ikounga.

New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr McCully says New Zealand is proud to contribute to the 50th anniversary celebrations and collaborate with the Commission and produce the prototype AU Handbook.

“Given New Zealand’s expertise in developing the UN Handbook, it made sense to work together on this publication. New Zealand is also committed to future work with AU member states and the Commission in areas of common interest, such as agriculture and
food security”, Mr McCully says.

The African Union Handbook 2014 is available from the Directorate of Information and Communications in the AU Commission; and a PDF version can be downloaded from the African Union (www.au.int) and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (www.mfat.govt.nz) websites.

For further information contact:
Directorate of Information and Communication
African Union Commission
E-mail: [email protected]
www.au.int
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

This past 12th of September 2013, Ambassadors of the Pan-African Council arrived in the Republic of Colombia to join more than 300 mayors from Sub-Saharan Africa and of African descent from the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America to focus on strengthening the exchange between Africa and the diaspora for prosperity and economic development.

The 2013 World Summit of Mayors & Leaders of Africa and African Descent, held in the cities of Santiago de Cali and Cartagena, was hosted by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon and co-organized by the US-based National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM), Colombia’s National Association of Mayors and Governors of Municipalities and Departments with Afro-Descendant (Amunafro) and the Colombia Presidential Agency for International Cooperation.

Renown Colombian Dr. Raul Cuero, scientist in the field of molecular genetics, one of the main speakers at the World Summit emphasized the importance of developing education processes where creativity and innovation are the focal points, stating that “before we think in terms of having, we have to think in terms of being, for creativity in service of humanity is the main force behind the place where I stand now. That is why I suggest to parents to cultivate and support their children’s creativity. It is fundamental that they allow them to grow as human beings and put their knowledge to the service of others so they can achieve their dreams and make their mark in their community.”

Nigeria Renteria, Colombia’s High Councilor for Gender Equality, called the event “momentous for [the city of] Cali and the world.” This important event brings together the world’s African and Afro-Descendant leaders to analyze the contributions and the role of Africans and people of African descent in the development of their respective countries.