Parliamentary Assembly

Doc. 10905
20 April 2006

Mobilising parliaments in the “New Partnership for Africa’s development” (NEPAD)

Motion for a resolution
presented by Mr Van den Brande and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

Nearly five years ago, in 2001, the Summit of Heads of State of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, now African Union) formally adopted a strategic framework for Africa’s renewal called the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) which has four primary objectives, namely:

NEPAD is not a separate agency but it is the socio-economic programme of the African Union which is meant to implement the Millennium Development Goals as set by the UN in 2000.

Under these goals the World Community committed itself to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environment sustainability, and develop global partnership for development.

The Assembly repeatedly underlined the importance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) for instance in its recent Resolutions 1449 (2005) on the environment and the Millennium Development Goals and 1450 (2005) on the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals.

Among members of parliament, both in Africa and in Europe, there seems to be widespread consensus that:

During several consultations and meetings held with parliamentarians from Africa and Europe since NEPAD was launched, the following major problems have been identified

The Assembly therefore welcomes the great interest taken in NEPAD by the Pan-African Parliament, the African Parliamentarians Forum on NEPAD and the NEPAD Contact Group of African Parliaments. It welcomes in particular the co-operation agreement it concluded in 2005 with the Pan African Parliament (PAP).

In Europe it is the Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa (AWEPA) which – with a membership of some 1200 members of national parliaments in Europe – set up a parliamentary support programme to mobilise parliamentarians for NEPAD. In addition the Assembly wishes to recall the eminent work of the Council of Europe North-South Centre.

In conclusion the Assembly:

Signed 1:

Van den BRANDE, Luc, Belgium, EPP/CD
BELLMANN, Veronika, Germany, EPP/CD
COSARCIUC, Valeriu, Moldova, ALDE
DRAGASSAKIS, Ioannis, Greece, UEL
GACEK, Urszula, Poland, EPP/CD
HÖGMARK, Anders G., Sweden, EPP/CD
JURGENS, Erik, Netherlands, SOC
KOROBEYNIKOV, Anatoliy, Russian Federation, EDG
MELČÁK, Miloš, Czech Republic, SOC
NEGELE, Gebhard, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD
Ö HMAN, Conny, Sweden, SOC
PIROZHNIKOVA, Liudmila, Russian Federation, EDG
REIMANN, Maximilian, Switzerland, ALDE
SCHIEDER, Peter, Austria, SOC
STAPONKIENĖ, Aldona, Lithuania, EDG
WALTER, Robert, United Kingdom, EDG

1     SOC: Socialist Group
       EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
       ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
       EDG: European Democratic Group
       UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
       NR: not registered in a group