The meeting will bring together human rights experts and policy makers from Africa and Europe. Other participants will include high level officials of the African Union, representatives of selected Ministries from selected African Countries, development policy makers from the Netherlands, other neighbouring countries and the European Commission.
Africa’s new continental projects, namely the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), mark another milestone in Africa’s quest for continental unity, a break in the vicious cycle of poverty and an end to civil wars on the continent. The AU, termed an organization relevant to the challenges of the 21st century, was launched amidst pomp and pageantry in July 2002 to replace the Organization of African Unity, which was believed to have outlived its purpose. NEPAD, on the other hand, is anchored in the determination of African leaders to bring an end to the economic malaise on the continent. AFLA’s meeting will address, among other things, Europe and America’s response to both initiatives, the convergence of both documents, the role of civil society, the Peer Review Mechanism, the Netherlands and EU policy toward NEPAD, gender related issues, social and economic rights, debt cancellation and the role of the African Diaspora in NEPAD. For additional information, please contact: Africa Legal Aid (AFLA) Minderbroedersberg 6A P.O. Box 616 6200 MD Maastricht the Netherlands e-mail: program@AFLA.unimaas.nl