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Agenda 2063 envisions a continent in which there is a universal culture of good governance, democratic values, gender equality, and respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law. The AU works with member states to develop and implement policies that aim to building strong well governed institutions and enact laws that will ensure Africa’s citizens are fully engaged and involved in policy making and development initiates and that these citizens are provided the safe and secure environments in which to live.

The AU has ensured that various treaties and policies are put in place to ensure good governance as well as the protection of civil liberties and the preservation of rights of African citizens . AU treaties on the right of persons include the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, African Youth Charter and the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa.

The Judicial, Human Rights & Legal Organs of the AU have been established to support the implementation of good governance and respect for human rights on the continent. They include the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR), AU Commission on International Law (AUCIL), AU Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC) and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC)

The Department of Political Affairs is responsible for promoting, facilitating, coordinating and encouraging democratic principles and the rule of law, respect for human rights, participation of civil society in the development process of the continent and the achievement of durable solutions for addressing humanitarian crises. The department also coordinates the implementation of the African Governance Architecture as well as implementing sustainable solutions to humanitarian and political crises including preventive diplomacy.

Key Resources

February 12, 2020

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February 09, 2020
February 09, 2020

A handy reference guide that provides key information about the AU System.

  • COVID-19 Scientific and Public Health Policy Update  – 20 October 2020
    COVID-19 Scientific and Public Health Policy Update – 20 October 2020
    October 20, 2020

    In addition to our Weekly Outbreak Brief on the spread of COVID-19 and the actions that Africa CDC is taking to help African Union Member States. Africa CDC shares a weekly brief detailing the latest developments in scientific knowledge and public health policy from around the world, as well as updates to the latest guidance from WHO and other public health agencies.

  • Utiliser Les Données Pour Trouver Un Équilibre (Deuxième Partie)
    Utiliser Les Données Pour Trouver Un Équilibre (Deuxième Partie)
    October 20, 2020

    Alors que la pandémie de COVID-19 fait rage depuis six mois, les gouvernements ont dû prendre des décisions difficiles, en cherchant tout d’abord à protéger la santé de leurs populations tout en préservant leurs conditions de vie et en réduisant le fardeau social engendré par l’arrêt presque

  • Update on the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Epidemic, Brief #40
    Update on the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Epidemic, Brief #40
    October 20, 2020

    Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (13 October 2020), 2,524,173 new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 36,810 new deaths have been reported globally. To date, a total of 39,952,759 COVID-19 cases and 1,112,108 related deaths (case fatality rate (CFR): 2.8%) have been reported from 219 countries and territories

  • Africa Migration Report
    Africa Migration Report
    October 15, 2020

    The Africa Migration Report takes a distinctly regional approach to inform knowledge on migration in Africa. This first edition, titled Challenging the Narrative, aims to deconstruct negative perceptions of migration in Africa by addressing contextual realities and bringing to light practical interventions and evidence-based knowledge on what is happening on the ground.

    Table of contents:

  • Update on the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Epidemic, Brief #39
    October 13, 2020

    Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (6 October 2020), 2,315,658 new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 39,532 new deaths have been reported globally. To date, a total of 37,428,586 COVID-19 cases and 1,075,298 related deaths (case fatality rate (CFR): 2.9%) have been reported from 217 countries and territories.

  • Update on the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Epidemic, Brief #38
    October 07, 2020

    Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (29 September 2020), 2,073,499 new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 38,834 new deaths have been reported globally. To date, a total of 35,112,928 COVID-19 cases and 1,035,766 related deaths (case fatality rate (CFR): 2.9%) have been reported from 217 countries and territories.

  • COVID-19 Scientific and Public Health Policy Update – 06 October 2020
    October 07, 2020

    In addition to our Weekly Outbreak Brief on the spread of COVID-19 and the actions that Africa CDC is taking to help African Union Member States. Africa CDC shares a weekly brief detailing the latest developments in scientific knowledge and public health policy from around the world, as well as updates to the latest guidance from WHO and other public health agencies.

  • Community Use of Face Masks
    Community Use of Face Masks
    October 05, 2020

    This document provides guidance to Member States on the effective use of face masks/ coverings in the community by individuals without COVID-19 symptoms in order to reduce potential transmission of SARS-CoV-2.a It also provides advice on the use of masks during home care for patients with COVID-19.b

  • Africa CDC Consortium for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials (CONCVACT)
    October 05, 2020

    The Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 is underpinned by the need to limit transmission, prevent deaths and reduce associated harms. Participation by African nations in clinical trials is an essential step to ensure that sufficient data is generated on the safety and efficacy of the most promising vaccine candidates among the region’s populations.

  • Africa Against COVID-19: Saving Lives, Economies and Livelihoods in Africa
    October 05, 2020

    Promoting harmonized, standardized and coordinated entry and exit for travelers in African Union Member States through digital solutions.

  • Second edition of the Labour migration Statistics report in Africa
    Second edition of the Labour migration Statistics report in Africa
    September 30, 2020

    Labor Migration Statistics Report in Africa Second edition: Regional Migration Profile

    Executive Summary

    The present report has been prepared in fulfilment of the request made in July 2015 by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government that the African Union Commission should submit a biennial report on labour migration statistics in Africa.

  • Draft Programme of the September/October 2020 Meetings of the African Union
    September 30, 2020

    (Videoconference)
    As of 21 September 2020
    AU STATUTORY MEETINGS From 30 September to 22 October 2020

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  • COVID-19 Scientific and Public Health Policy Update  – 20 October 2020
    COVID-19 Scientific and Public Health Policy Update – 20 October 2020
    October 20, 2020

    In addition to our Weekly Outbreak Brief on the spread of COVID-19 and the actions that Africa CDC is taking to help African Union Member States. Africa CDC shares a weekly brief detailing the latest developments in scientific knowledge and public health policy from around the world, as well as updates to the latest guidance from WHO and other public health agencies.

  • Utiliser Les Données Pour Trouver Un Équilibre (Deuxième Partie)
    Utiliser Les Données Pour Trouver Un Équilibre (Deuxième Partie)
    October 20, 2020

    Alors que la pandémie de COVID-19 fait rage depuis six mois, les gouvernements ont dû prendre des décisions difficiles, en cherchant tout d’abord à protéger la santé de leurs populations tout en préservant leurs conditions de vie et en réduisant le fardeau social engendré par l’arrêt presque

  • Update on the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Epidemic, Brief #40
    Update on the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Epidemic, Brief #40
    October 20, 2020

    Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (13 October 2020), 2,524,173 new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 36,810 new deaths have been reported globally. To date, a total of 39,952,759 COVID-19 cases and 1,112,108 related deaths (case fatality rate (CFR): 2.8%) have been reported from 219 countries and territories

  • Africa Migration Report
    Africa Migration Report
    October 15, 2020

    The Africa Migration Report takes a distinctly regional approach to inform knowledge on migration in Africa. This first edition, titled Challenging the Narrative, aims to deconstruct negative perceptions of migration in Africa by addressing contextual realities and bringing to light practical interventions and evidence-based knowledge on what is happening on the ground.

    Table of contents:

  • Update on the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Epidemic, Brief #39
    October 13, 2020

    Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (6 October 2020), 2,315,658 new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 39,532 new deaths have been reported globally. To date, a total of 37,428,586 COVID-19 cases and 1,075,298 related deaths (case fatality rate (CFR): 2.9%) have been reported from 217 countries and territories.

  • Update on the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Epidemic, Brief #38
    October 07, 2020

    Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (29 September 2020), 2,073,499 new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 38,834 new deaths have been reported globally. To date, a total of 35,112,928 COVID-19 cases and 1,035,766 related deaths (case fatality rate (CFR): 2.9%) have been reported from 217 countries and territories.

  • COVID-19 Scientific and Public Health Policy Update – 06 October 2020
    October 07, 2020

    In addition to our Weekly Outbreak Brief on the spread of COVID-19 and the actions that Africa CDC is taking to help African Union Member States. Africa CDC shares a weekly brief detailing the latest developments in scientific knowledge and public health policy from around the world, as well as updates to the latest guidance from WHO and other public health agencies.

  • Community Use of Face Masks
    Community Use of Face Masks
    October 05, 2020

    This document provides guidance to Member States on the effective use of face masks/ coverings in the community by individuals without COVID-19 symptoms in order to reduce potential transmission of SARS-CoV-2.a It also provides advice on the use of masks during home care for patients with COVID-19.b

  • Africa CDC Consortium for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials (CONCVACT)
    October 05, 2020

    The Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 is underpinned by the need to limit transmission, prevent deaths and reduce associated harms. Participation by African nations in clinical trials is an essential step to ensure that sufficient data is generated on the safety and efficacy of the most promising vaccine candidates among the region’s populations.

  • Africa Against COVID-19: Saving Lives, Economies and Livelihoods in Africa
    October 05, 2020

    Promoting harmonized, standardized and coordinated entry and exit for travelers in African Union Member States through digital solutions.

  • Second edition of the Labour migration Statistics report in Africa
    Second edition of the Labour migration Statistics report in Africa
    September 30, 2020

    Labor Migration Statistics Report in Africa Second edition: Regional Migration Profile

    Executive Summary

    The present report has been prepared in fulfilment of the request made in July 2015 by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government that the African Union Commission should submit a biennial report on labour migration statistics in Africa.

  • Draft Programme of the September/October 2020 Meetings of the African Union
    September 30, 2020

    (Videoconference)
    As of 21 September 2020
    AU STATUTORY MEETINGS From 30 September to 22 October 2020

Pages