World Vision International and the African Union Commission (AUC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 28, 2016, at the headquarters of the African Union Commission here in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. The objective of the MOU is to strengthen and deepen mutual co-operation between World Vision International and the African Union Commission and facilitate implementation of different frameworks and conventions for the realization of the rights and wellbeing of children in Africa.
Present during the signing ceremony, were Mrs Margaret Schuler, World Vision East Africa Regional Leader and His Excellency, Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs Commission of the African Union.
World Vision International and the African Union Commission have been partnering to deliver on child wellbeing and child rights over the last couple of years after being granted observer status by the Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. This Memorandum of Understanding formalizes the framework and principles of the partnership on substantive collaboration. It will also further these engagements into different departments of the Commission dealing with children issues indirectly, such as Peace and Security Council/Department, Economic Affairs, and gender directorate.
The Parties seek to work together towards the realization of child wellbeing as enshrined under the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Agenda 2063, Global Sustainable Development Goals as well as other regional and international instruments which outline the rights of every child. This will also mutually strengthen our work with child focus agencies working with the Africa Union and other liaison offices.