Areas of Engagement


Eleven years ago, African states made formidable progress by jointly adopting the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa, also known as the Maputo Protocol - regarded as one of the most progressive women’s and human rights instruments in the world.

Issues at stake

Looking at the African common position, the most critical issues for Africa are industrialization, science innovation and technology, people centered development, the environment and natural resource management, peace and security and financing and partnerships. Peace and security is one critical area where divergences of interests and positions are more likely to emerge at national level. Countries like Brazil and China for instance consider it as an internal issue that the global agenda should not step in.

Women’s rights and civil society organisations from over 14 countries in the continent recently gathered in Kampala Uganda to discuss and draw a road map towards ensuring gender equality in the post 2015 development agenda and determining what they would want to see for the African continent.

In a position paper to Sam Kutesa, incoming president of the United Nations General Assembly, delegates to the conference deliberated on what they felt was important to them as African and the entire region.

by Thalif Deen | “Global poverty has been halved five years ahead of the 2015 time frame,” says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the latest status report released Monday.

"Unfortunately, the trend in the U.N. secretary-general's office and many developed countries is to place hopes in private corporations and 'multi-stakeholder partnerships' that fudge the massive problems caused by many corporations." -- Yoke Ling Chee

Means of Implementation (MOI), currently under Goal 17, has witnessed a heated battle between the developed and developing countries through the entire course of the twelve OWG sessions that have transpired since March 2013.  In fact MOI was not on the initial agenda when the OWG had its first session to plan out its course of work. This was finally included as a topic for the 6th Session at the insistence of the developing countries.

On June 19th 2014, the seminar 'Environmental Sustainability and Agriculture: considerations on the global agenda post 2015' has been held in the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, food and forestry policies (Mipaaf). Many representatives of various institutions of civil society and private sector took part to it. The goal of the meeting was to share and strenghten the shared Italian committment towards the development of a sustainable agriculture, safeguarding natural resources as well as local cultures.

African growth has doubled the average growth rate of the 1990s. Between 2000 and 2011, six of the world's fastest growing economies were in Africa-Angola, Chad, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Rwanda

This was the first joint meeting held between the Kenyan governments of Kisumu, Busia and Siaya Counties to jointly plan the utilization of shared natural and physical resources within the region.

We recognize that the Common African Position (CAP) has strong commitments to ensure that "No person - regardless of ethnicity, gender, geography, disability, race or other status - is denied universal human rights and basic economic opportunities." African Heads of State specifically highlighted the inextricable link between gender equality, women's rights, women's empowerment and Africa's structural transformation.