The Economic Social and Cultural Council ECOSOCC is an advisory organ composed of different social and professional groups of the Member States of the Union The African Court of Justice and Human Rights is the African Union s predominant judicial agency Founded in 2004 the court was created from a merger of the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights and the Court of Justice of the African Union Hence it has two chambers one for general legal matters and one for rulings on the human rights treaties The court plays both an advisory opinion role and adjudicative role The AU has 7 Specialized Technical Committees STCs that enable the AU to tackle sectoral issues at a ministerial level The Committee on Rural Economy and Agricultural Matters The Committee on Monetary and Financial Affairs The Committee on Trade Customs and Immigration Matters The Committee on Industry Science and Technology Energy Natural Resources and Environment The Committee on Transport Communications and Tourism The Committee on Health Labour and Social Affairs The Committee on Education Culture and Human Resources The AU has three key financial institutions The African Central bank The African Monetary Fund and The African Investment Bank Works are in progress to have the African Monetary Fund incorporated into the African Central Bank The AU has brought the timeline for the establishment of the African Central Bank forward from 2021 to 2018
The Minimum Integration Programme the Programme for Infrastructural Development in Africa PIDA the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme CAADP and The New partnership for Africa s Development NEPAD in creating a strategic framework for the socio economic development of Africa for the next 4 decades African Union 2017 The guiding vision for Agenda 2063 is the AU Vision of An integrated prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in international arena Mandate of Committee The Mission of the African Union is encapsulated in the following statement An efficient and value adding institution driving the African integration and development process in close collaboration with African Union Member States the Regional Economic Communities and African citizens The Guiding Values of the African Union Commission are Respect for diversity and teamwork
Think Africa above all Transparency and accountability Integrity and impartiality Efficiency and professionalism and Information and knowledge sharing The AU is the world s only regional or international organisation that explicitly allows its members to intervene another on humanitarian and human rights grounds This principle originates from The Responsibility to Protect a 2001 report from the ICISS International Commission on intervention and State Sovereignty in which sovereign states are asserted to share the responsibility to protect their own citizens from unavoidable catastrophe such as mass murder rape and starvation Other broader community states equally share the same responsibility and have to step in when the sovereign states are unwilling or unable to do so themselves However it should be noted that the Assembly the AU s decision making body has to refer to the specific circumstances provided for in the AU Constitutive Act when deciding upon the exercise of this right
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