An interfaith consultative meeting on African Union Agenda 2063 –The Africa We Want, organised by the African Union in partnership with the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), was held in November at AACC's Desmond Tutu Conference Hall in Nairobi, Kenya, where a seven-point framework on aspirations for the continent was discussed.
Hajjat, who leads the Gomba Women Environment Group, the green project of Uganda Muslim Women Association and the Greening Fridays initiative, was invited to the event on the reference of the Reverend Sister Mary Goretti Kisakye, executive director of the Women and Family Development Initiative in Uganda and Co-ordinator of the Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA) after they met at Mukono.
'The ARC Mukono international workshop enhanced my chances and gave me the opportunity to participate and moderate at this high-profile gathering' – Hajjat Sebyala
She said: ‘The ARC Mukono international workshop enhanced my chances and gave me the opportunity to participate and moderate at this high-profile gathering, whose input and recommendations will no doubt have faith organisations and faith-based organisations as key players in the development of Africa in the next 50 years. It was attended by 100 participants, who were mainly religious leaders from all over Africa.
‘I moderated a session on the role and responsibilities of faith groups in the formulation and implementation of Agenda 2063. We made sure that faith-based approaches to agriculture and faith-based solutions to environmental issues were incorporated in the first aspiration of the framework. I was also happy to find a tree I planted in 2012 was growing well.’
The initial consultative process continues until January 2015 when a draft final version of the AU Agenda 2063 – The Africa We Want will be presented to the AU Heads of State meeting.
The Framework has seven broad Aspirations:
A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development.
An integrated continent, politically united and based on the ideals of Pan-
Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance.
An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice
and the rule of law.
A peaceful and secure Africa.
An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics.
An Africa where development is people-driven, unleashing the potential of
its women and youth.
Africa as a strong, united and influential global player and partner.