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African Religious Leaders Respond to New Vision for Continent

November 17, 2014

On the fiftieth year after the formation of the African Union (AU), African leaders are taking the opportunity to chart a new vision for the future of the continent.  They are calling this plan Agenda 2063.  In stating their goals for Africa, leaders noted that “we rededicated ourselves to the enduring Pan African vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.”

African leaders have listed seven “aspirations” they envision, including:

1. A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development

2. An integrated continent, politically united and based on the ideals of Pan

Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance

3. An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice

and the rule of law

4. A peaceful and secure Africa

5. An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics

6. An Africa where development is people-driven, unleashing the potential of

its women and youth

7. Africa as a strong, united and influential global player and partner

In response to this effort, AU leaders recently met with African religious leaders at a conference jointly hosted by the AU and the All African Conference of Churches.  The document below reflects the response of religious leaders to the Agenda 2063 vision and agenda.

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Faith Leaders Statement on AU Agenda 2063

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