Why ART 2063?
Africans Rising Together 2063 supports the vision for the creation of inclusive and transformative governance, sustainable and equitable development, stability, and a prosperous, strong, culturally healthy, family oriented, integrity-driven, economically vibrant, and the God-centered United States of Africa by 2063.
Since colonialism, the Continent of Africa has not been in a position to govern itself. Instead, it has been occupied and stripped of its wealth and people continually by other nations. Africa is steadily becoming more digitally connected, and it is time for her to advance technologically and stand on her own in governance, security, and economically.
The African Union (AU) has charted a path that incorporates a strategic plan to this end. In 2015, the 24th AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and adopted a 20-page document entitled ‘Agenda 2063, The Africa We Want.’ The document articulates the vision of the people of Africa and her Diaspora united in diversity, young and old, men and women, girls and boys from all walks of life, deeply conscious of history.
Agenda 2063 expresses gratitude to the Founders of the Organization of African Unity for its exemplary successes in the fight against colonialism and apartheid. The document also expresses appreciation for every generation of Pan Africanists. The AU is rooted in Pan Africanism and African Renaissance, providing a robust framework for addressing past injustices and for the realization of the 21st Century as the African Century.
Today’s generation is confident that the destiny of Africa is in their hands and that they must act now to shape the future they want. Fifty years after the first 33 independent African states took a landmark decision to form the Organization of African Unity, they look ahead towards the next fifty years. Agenda 2063 will not happen spontaneously. It will require conscious and deliberate efforts to nurture a transformative leadership that drives the agenda and defends Africa’s interests.
The AU’s united voices paint a picture of what is desired for themselves, future generations, and the Continent. These aspirations reflect a desire for shared prosperity and well-being, unity and integration, for a continent of free citizens and expanded horizons, with freedom from fear, disease, and poverty. In short, the Africa Union desires a different and better Africa. The AU is confident that Africa can realize her full potential in development, culture, and peace and establish flourishing, inclusive, and prosperous societies. African nations have committed to act together towards achieving the following aspirations:
- A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development.
- An integrated Continent, politically united and founded 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, shared values, and ethics.
- An Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children.
- Africa as a strong, united, and influential global player and partner