Final Communique of the Joint Sitting of the PAP Permanent Committees in Cabo Verde

 

A Joint Sitting of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Permanent Committees on Health, Labour and Social Affairs; and Gender, Family, Youth and People with Disability, is officially underway at the National Assembly of Cabo Verde was hosted by the National Assembly of Cabo Verde from 02 to 09 August 2019. 

The meeting is held in parallel with the August Sittings of the Permanent Committees of the fifth Parliament of PAP scheduled to take place at its seat in Midrand under the African Union theme of 2019; ‘Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa; Towards durable Solutions to Forced Displacement.  Herewith the final communiqué of the Joint Sitting:

 

FINAL COMMUNIQUE

WE, Members of the Committee on Health, Labour and Social Affairs and the Committee on Gender, Family, Youth and People with Disability of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP):

CONSIDERING Article 3 of the Constitutive Act of the African Union whose aims are, inter alia, to promote the participation of the African peoples to the decision-making process affecting their daily life, good governance and the protection of human rights, to facilitate the effective implementation of the policies and objectives of the African Union, and to contribute to the prosperity of the African peoples, 

GATHERED at the seat of the National Assembly in Praia, Cape Verde from 2 to 10 August 2019 for the statutory sittings of the Permanent Committees of PAP, to discuss issues relating to health, the protection and promotion of vulnerable groups such as women, children and people with disability,  

RECALLING that States have a duty to ensure the social and health security of people by establishing an appropriate framework that enables them to meet basic needs such as education, water, housing and health coverage,

ALSO RECALLING the implementation of Agenda 2063 adopted by the African Heads of State, highlighting, inter alia, budget increases to access universal health coverage by 2030, the empowerment of women and youth, and the inclusion of people with disability in the socio-economic development of countries,

APPRECIATING all arrangements made by the highest authorities of Cape Verde to host the sittings of the Members of PAP, and NOTING the positive efforts of Cape Verde in relation to health and the promotion of human rights in general, and those of children and people with disability in particular, 

WELCOMING the presence of the Right Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly and the participation of members of Government represented by the Minister of the Presidency, Parliamentary Affairs and Sports, the Minister for Education, Family, and Social Inclusion, the Minister of Health and Social Security, and officials from Cape Verde, for having exchanges with Members of Pan African Parliament and other Parliamentarians of National parliaments,

ACKNOWLEDGING the presence of representatives of agencies of the United Nations system, development partners such as WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, NEPAD, Global Fund, Global TB Caucus, Africa Disability Alliance (ADA), Ipas Africa Alliance, civil society and the media of Cape Verde,

WELCOMING the collaboration between African Union organs in implementing decisions, declarations and agreements adopted by Member States, 

RECOGNIZING the need for the urgent intervention of countries in combating communicable and non-communicable diseases and new emerging pathologies, by improving health conditions and nutrition of people,

 

IN VIEW OF THE FOREGOING:

REMIND Members to fully play their role of controlling government action and to monitor the implementation of commitments made by countries by signing and ratifying the various legal instruments on the international, continental, regional and national level, so as to ensure the social security of people;

RECOMMEND to Members to strengthen the partnership with civil society organizations, and to facilitate the establishment of a Children’s Parliament in those countries that have not yet done so, in order to raise issues related to their development;

URGE Members to disseminate the various legal instruments and other policy frameworks adopted by the countries, to enhance ownership by the people, especially at the grass-roots level;

URGE Members to monitor the integration of the indicators of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and of Agenda 2063 of the African Union, in the national strategic plans;

RECOMMEND that the Pan-African Parliament draft a model law on gender equality to redress historical injustices suffered by women, and to promote their effective empowerment;

APPRECIATE the efforts of the Government of Cape Verde for adopting a participatory approach linking all stakeholders in promoting the socio-economic well-being of the people; 

RECOMMEND that the Pan-African Parliament strengthen the exchange of experiences with Member States in order to acquire best practices in the different thematic areas; 

FINALLY RECOMMEND that Members establish a caucus on tuberculosis and a caucus on vaccination within the national Parliaments.

 

                

     Adopted at Praia, 9 August 2019