Why Aga

Mandate of AGA

Objectives and Principles

Shared Values

Shared Values are a means of accelerating Africa's integration agenda through values and principles that are embodied in the various instruments, decisions and declarations that have been adopted by the Union.


Constitutive Act of the African Union
Constitutive Act of the African Union establishes the African Union and defines its objectives, in particular a commitment to promote democratic principles and institutions, popular participation and good governance.
African Charter of Democracy, Elections and Governance
Upon the constitutive act, committing Member States to the adherence of universal values and principles of democracy and respect for human rights. It promotes the adherence to rule of law, the holding of free and fair elections, and the rejection of unconstitutional changes of government.
African Charter of Human and People’s Rights
Recognizes the rights, duties and freedoms that accrue to all Africans and commits Member States to undertake to adopt legislative or other measures to give effect to those rights.
African Youth Charter
Protects young people from discrimination and ensures freedom of movement, speech, association, religion, ownership of property and other human rights, while committing to promoting youth participation throughout society.
OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa
Defines the term “refugee” and ensures that those seeking asylum shall be protected.
African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
Recognizes the freedom from discrimination, inherent rights, and the necessity of protecting children under the law on the continent.
Protocol to the African Charter establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights
provides for the functions, responsibilities and jurisdiction of the Court, along with the process for submitting to the Court.
Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice & Human Rights
aims at merging the African Court on Human and People’s Rights and the Court of Justice of the African Union. It specifically establishes the Court and defines its organization, jurisdiction and procedures.
Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa
requires State Parties to combat all forms of discrimination against women through appropriate legislative, institutional and other measures. It also commits State Parties to modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of women and men to achieving the elimination of harmful cultural and traditional practices and all other practices which are based on the idea of the inferiority or the superiority of either of the sexes, or on stereotyped roles for women and men.
African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption
acknowledges the damaging effects of corruption on the continent and promotes the development of mechanisms required to prevent, detect, punish and eradicate corruption and related offences in the public and private sectors.
African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa
establishes a legal framework for preventing internal displacement, and protecting and assisting internally displaced persons in Africa, while providing for durable solutions to displacement.
Algiers Declaration on Unconstitutional Changes
addresses the importance of strengthening the capacity of the AU to deal with the scourge of unconstitutional changes of government.
Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union
establishes a standing decision-making organ for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts on the continent.
Lomé Declaration on Unconstitutional Changes of Government
affirms and updates the Algiers Declaration, committing to the AU’s rejection of unconstitutional changes in government.
Conference on Stability, Security, Development and Democracy (CSSDCA) Memorandum of Understanding
reaffirms the fundamental link between stability, human security, development and cooperation in a manner that reinforces each other.
OAU/AU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections
provides for democratic elections as a basis of the authority of any representative government and states the principles for such elections, including guidance for observers and monitors.
African Union Post-Conflict and Reconstruction Policy Framework
sets out an African agenda for post-conflict reconstruction which aims to, among other things, address the nexus between the peace, security, humanitarian and development dimensions of post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding.
Kigali Declaration on Human Rights in Africa
reaffirms the principle that all human rights are universal, indivisible, inter-dependent and inter-related. It reaffirms Member States commitments to upholding and protecting these rights as noted.
New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic & Corporate Governance
commits to ensuring that Heads of States’ respective national constitutions reflect the democratic ethos and commits support to democracy and good political governance, economic and corporate governance, socio-economic development and the African Peer Review Mechanism.
Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa
reaffirms the commitment to gender equality and agrees to accelerate the implementation of measures to combat discrimination and ensure the full and effective participation of women in peace processes.
Memorandum of Understanding on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)
establishes partnerships with the States who have signed on to APRM and commits to implementing the shared commitments as established in the Constitutive Act.
Declaration on the Theme of the 2012 Summit “Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values”
establishes AGA and commits the African Union towards implementing and affirming its Shared Values.

Platform Members / Institutions

The respective mandates of the Platform Members point to the centrality of human rights, democratic governance and the participation of citizens for the transformative development and integration in Africa.

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