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Report of the chairperson of the AU Commission on the implementatoin of the Africa-EU joint strategy and its first action plan (2008-2010)

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SEVENTH ORDINARY SESSION OF THE LABOUR AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS
COMMISSION OF THE AFRICAN UNION

28 SEPTEMBER - 02 OCTOBER 2009
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA.

LSC/EXP/ 7 (VII)

THEME: "IMPACT OF THE GLOBAL CRISIS ON EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR MARKETS IN AFRICA"

The Migration Programme Plan of Activities for 2008-2009 and Implementation Progress Report (October 2007- July 2009)

I. Plan for 2008

Preparation of Migration Programme Plan of Activities

1. A Programme Coordinator for Migration has been recruited and assumed duty in October 2007. A two-year 2008-2009 Migration Programme Plan of Activities was prepared by the Programme Coordinator. After consultation within division, and consultation with one of the partners-i.e., the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the plan was submitted for consideration and approval by H.E the Commissioner. After approval by H.E the Commissioner, the plan has been implemented for the past one year.

2. The plan seeks to provide 35 activities with a total budget of 950,000 USD to be implemented over two years under the five strategic processes: Implement the strategies of the Migration Policy Framework, Research and Information Strategies, Partnership for Effective Diffusion and Implementation of the AU Migration Policy and Legislative Framework, the African Diaspora, and Follow-up, Monitoring, and Implementation of the Tripoli Joint Declaration.

II. Progress in Implementation

A. AU.COMMIT CAMPAIGN

i. Launch of the AU.COMMIT Campaign

3. The AU Commission launched the AU Commission Initiative against Trafficking (AU.COMMIT) Campaign on June 16, 2009. AU.COMMIT Campaign is one of the major Programme of Activities of DSA on Migration and Development for 2009-2012. At the centre of the AU.COMMIT Campaign is the implementation of the Ouagadougou Action Plan. The decision to hold this launch on the specified date is due to the significance of June 16 as the Day of the African Child. The launching of the AU.COMMIT Campaign on the same day was meant to reinforce the celebration of the day as the campaign aims at the elimination of trafficking in human beings especially women and children. The AU.COMMIT Campaign was launched under the Slogan: "Let's Combat Trafficking in Human Beings Especially Women and Children".

4. The official launch of the AU.COMMIT Campaign was intended to be conducted in a such a way that the messages could be heard louder than before, while raising awareness of the AU's continued commitment towards tackling the problem of trafficking in human beings in a more strategic and programmatic manner. The launch was thus designed to serve as an event to communicate the overall objectives and messages of the AU. COMMIT Campaign through media and press coverage. The general objective of the launch of AU.COMMIT Campaign was to set the tone for the fight against trafficking in human beings as a priority on the development agenda of the continent. The launch was intended to put an AU publicity stamp on the different initiatives being carried out towards the elimination of trafficking in human beings. A total of two hundred and fifty (250) participants drawn from the liaison offices of the RECs, Permanent Representatives Council (PRC), relevant authorities in the Ethiopian Government, development partners, the diplomatic corps, international development organizations, INTERPOL (Addis Ababa), NGOs, the press and media outlets have attended the launch. Children drawn from schools in Addis Ababa have also attended and presented various shows. Moreover, launch was prepared with all partners including:

1. International Organization for Migration (IOM)

2. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

3. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

4. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

5. United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR)

6. International Labour Organization (ILO)

7. UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

8. The European Union Delegation to the African Union, and

9. The United States Mission to the African Union.

10. Save the Children Show Group