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Category: Pact & Protocols
Year: 2006



We, Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region;

Referring to the Dar-es-Salaam Declaration on Peace, Security, Democracy and Development in the Great Lakes Region adopted and signed in Dar-es-Salaam (United Republic of Tanzania) on 20 November 2004;

Mindful that the Dar-Es-Salaam Declaration lays the foundations for lasting peace and stability;

Affirming that, in accordance with the Constitutive Act of the African Union the scourge of conflicts in Africa is a major obstacle to the socio-economic development of the continent and that it is necessary to promote peace, security and stability, the preconditions to implementing development and integration programmes;

Conscious of the fact that the accumulated deficits in the matter of democratization are at the origin of the conflicts in the Great Lakes Region;

Considering that the respect for human rights guaranties the consolidation of peace and security in the Great Lakes Region;

Mindful that the Universal Declaration on Human rights, on one hand the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, on the other hand, have stipulated that everyone can enjoy all the rights and freedoms stated therein, without any distinction, in particular of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, national or social origin, wealth, birth or any other situation;

Considering the solemn commitment contained in the Dar-Es-Salaam Declaration to build a Great Lakes Region that is open to other regions of the continent by building cooperation on priority areas: peace and security, democracy and good governance, economic development and regional integration and humanitarian and social issues;

Reaffirming the commitment expressed in the Dar-Es-Salaam Declaration to respect the principles of democracy and good governance, as well as the basic principles of the United Nations Charter and the Constitutive Act of the African Union including territorial integrity, sovereignty, non interference and non aggression, prohibition of any Member State from permitting the use of its territory by armed groups as a base for aggression and subversion against another Member State, as well as the need for effective and sustainable political will to jointly seek peaceful solutions and in particular, to honour the commitments made by States Party in the spirit of mutual trust, in accordance with the Dar es Salaam Declaration;

Reaffirming the principle of equality between men and women as laid down in the United Nations Charter,, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention against Corruption, Resolution 1325 of the UN, the Action Platform and Declaration of Beijing, the Millennium Development Goals, the Constitutive Act of the African Union, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the African Charter on Human and People’s

Rights, the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, the Solemn Declaration of the African Union on Equality between Men and Women in Africa which emphasizes the commitment of the African States to ensure the full participation of African women in the development of Africa as equal partners;

Mindful of the Dar-Es-Salaam Declaration which recognizes that discrimination against women at all decision making levels, in the areas of peace and security, democracy and political, economic and social governance, needs to be addressed immediately in a proactive and sustainable manner;

Recalling resolution 2000/64 and resolution 2001/72 of the Commission on Human rights, which reaffirmed that good governance requires the respect of principles of transparency, responsibility, and accountability;

Recalling the Declaration of the African Union governing democratic elections in Africa and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly;

Determined to consolidate democratic institutions and culture, to promote good governance and the rule of law and to promote and protect human and people’s rights;


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