DECISION ON THE FIRST AFRICAN UNION DIASPORA MINISTERIAL
CONFERENCE - DOC. EX.CL/383(Xin
The Executive Council;
TAKES NOTE of the Report on the First African Union Diaspora
IVIinisterial Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 16 to
18 November 2007 ;
AFFIRMS that this is an important milestone in the consolidation of the
Diaspora Initiative;
COMMENDS the efforts of the Republic of South Africa and the AU
Commission in the progress made towards organizing the African
Diaspora Summit schedulfd-totfe held in the Republic of South Africa
in October 2008 ENCOURAGES the G6i|�rnment of South Africa
and the AU Com�i�ston :o continue cooperatti%in this regard;
FURTHER COj��NDS Member
participation makings held
continue to partM��fe actively inth'
Diaspora for their
ALLS ON them to
ENCOURAGE
Programme and
would serve as
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finalization of the
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fgrating efforts towards
REQUESTS the AU Commission to develop a framework document, as
decided by the Second Africa-Caribbean Conference on the modalities
of Diaspora participation in the organs, activities and meetings of the
Union, conduct a feasibility study on the Diaspora as a sixth region of
the Union to support this programme, and to submit a report to the
Executive Council in January 2009;
URGES the Commission to continue the Regional Consultation
Conferences, to include the African Diaspora in the Gulf, the Middle
East, Asia and Oceania;
8.
APPEALS to Member States to continue to support and provide
adequate resources for the implementation of the Diaspora Initiative.