From: JOSEPH CHILENGI
Cc: Jalel Chelba ; Jalel Ahmed El - Basheer Ahmed AL-madani ECOSOCC HQ <ECOSOCC@africa-union.org>; Joseph Chilengi
Sent: Fri, Feb 5, 2016 1:45 am
Subject: Re: To The Presiding Officer of AU ECOSOCC and Members of ECOSOCC: Official Report
Dear Ms Joe
Seasonal greetings .
This is to acknowledge receipt of the official report and to thank you and your team for the work.
The report will kow be presented to the standing committee of ECOSOCC at their next meeting soon before it is presented to the AU Policy organs
We will revert back after this.
Once again , thank you and God bless
February 4, 2016
African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council - Global Africa Diaspora Convention
The Honorable Dr. Joseph Chilengi, Presiding Officer, African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU ECOSOCC)
Honorable Members of the Second General Assembly of AU ECOSOCC
Special Advisers of AU ECOSOCC
With shared belief in the potentials of Africa and the transformative goals of Agenda 2063, it is an honor to present the Official Report of the AU ECOSOCC - Global Africa Diaspora Convention, which took place on November 19-22, 2015 in Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland in US.
The contents are outcomes of the Convention, which include General Assembly presentations, thematic sessions, participant observations, and also six weeks of post-surveys, in-depth interviews, and consultations with constituents in the diverse African Diaspora and from all the regions. In efforts to understand the trajectory of African Union - African Diaspora development with influence on ongoing dynamics, secondary source research and data were used to substantiate the basis for deliberations as the topics arose.
Mindful of the need to align outcomes with the goals and priority areas in first five Ten-Year Implementation Plan of Agenda 2063 and specific cooperation in the AU Declaration of the Global African Diaspora Summit in 2012, the topics and outcomes were cross-referenced to principles, goals and objectives of the AU. The alignment encouraged and facilitated meaningful dialogues and exchange of implementable ideas while accommodating the varied aspirations of stakeholders.
Considering the fact that ECOSOCC is a relatively new and emerging organ of the AU with a statutory mandate to engage all segments of the Civil Society in building strong partnerships with governments and to execute its responsibilities in the Implementation of Agenda 2063, the Convention served as a catalyst in introducing and sensitizing the essence of ECOSOCC in the Diaspora and complementing the activities of the Clusters. The thematic perspectives and actions provide information that the respective Clusters may use in developing cooperative relationship with the Diaspora in order to enhance their operations.
The Convention outcomes constitute a necessary formative process that assessed the current status of AU - Diaspora Initiatives, pre-Convention knowledge of Agenda 2063, capacities and past recommendations, and ongoing AU Diaspora events in different arenas. The interactive collection and insightful analyses of information, notation of progress, or lack thereof, and the inspired activities from the Convention generated ample opportunities for ECOSOCC to proactively engage the Diaspora to achieve mutually empowering and sustainable developments that contribute to the impacts objectives of Agenda 2063.
Subsequent to a formative process, the outcomes will guide the identification and development of capacities, coordination and collaboration, and cohesive approaches that support sustainable programs, provide rationales for recommendations, and demonstrate the basis for public private partnerships. Towards these ends, a summative Convention is planned for May 5-8, 2015 for deliberations, documentation of capacities, and adoptions of recommendations that would be submitted to the AU Executive through ECOSOCC.
On behalf of myself, the dedicated volunteers and stakeholders who traveled far and near to set a new level for AU - Diaspora partnerships, we extend sincere gratitude to Dr. Chilengi and Dr. Adisa, the former Director of CIDO, for believing in the potentials and demonstrating the confidence necessary to realize the milestone Convention.
Special Adviser, Diaspora Relations
CC: CIDO Secretariat
GLOBAL AFRICAN DIASPORA STAKEHOLDER CONVENTION
NOVEMBER 19-22, 2015