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									  AFRICAN UNION                                      UNION AFRICAINE

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  ADDIS ABABA DECLARATION OF THE 1ST SESSION OF THE
  AFRICAN UNION CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS OF SPORT,

            ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 4-8 JUNE 2007


We, the Ministers of Sport of the African, meeting at the 1st Session of
our Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 4-8 June 2007;

RECALLING the Declaration of the 8th Assembly of the AU Heads of
State and Government on the International Year of African Football
(IYoAF), 50th Anniversary of the Confederation of African Football and
Ushering in the 2010 World Cup as an important African event;

ALSO RECALLING the Strategic Plan of the African Union
Commission and its policies and programmes on Sport;

RECOGNIZING the role of sport as vehicle for the promotion of
integration, solidarity, peace, healthy lifestyles and socio-economic
development, hence the need for the prioritization of sport in
education curricula at all levels;

FURTHER RECOGNIZING the role of sport as a vehicle for achieving
the Millennium Development Goals in Member States;

AWARE of the need for the harmonization of sport structures,
policies and programmes on the Continent;

COGNISANT of the need to harmonise and strengthen the relations
between African Governments, National Sport Movements, and
International Sport Organisations;




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ACKNOWLEDGING the commendable efforts of our Governments,
the African Sport Movement and stakeholder partners towards the
development of sport on the Continent;

TAKING PRIDE in the performances of our sportspeople who
promote the positive image of Africa;

CONCERNED about the exodus of our talented sportspeople and
aware of the need to offer our sportspeople the best possible
opportunities, incentives and recognition on the Continent;

COMMITTED to “Sport for All”, including traditional games, African
Women in Sport and Sport for Physically, Socially and Mentally
Challenged and Visually Impaired Persons, and for the inclusion of
sport programmes for the youth in both conflict and post conflict
situations and for refugees and internally displaced persons;

APPRECIATING the preparations by South Africa for the hosting of
the 2010 FIFA World Cup and committed to the development and
preparation of our national football teams as well as to offer all round
support to South Africa in pursuit of ensuring the success of the FIFA
2010 World Cup on our Continent;

ALSO APPRECIATING the preparations by Algeria for the hosting of
the 9th All Africa Games and the Afro-Asian Games, and Ethiopia for
preparing to host the 16th African Athletics Championships;

FURTHER APPRECIATING the efforts of the African Union
Commission, in collaboration with Governments, the African Sports
Movement and Stakeholder Partners in developing an African Union
Sport Policy Framework, the Programme of activities to implement
the International Year of African Football (2007) to roll over to 2010,
and the African Legacy Programme for the 2010 FIFA World Cup;

We therefore:

  1.    REAFFIRM the commitments enshrined in previous regional,
        continental and international Decisions, Resolutions and
        Declarations relating to Sport and Development of Africa,



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2.   CALL FOR the institutionalization of the Conference of
     Ministers of Sport as a statutory body of the African Union;

3.   COMMIT OURSELVES to use sport in pursuit of promoting
     regional integration, visibility of Africa, employment creation,
     solidarity, peace, healthy lifestyles and socio-economic
     development;

4.   CALL UPON Member States to include sport and physical
     education in education curricula at all levels; and to promote
     the status of women and girls in sport, sport for persons with
     disabilities, and for the inclusion of sport programmes for the
     youth in conflict and post conflicts situations, and for
     refugees and internally displaced persons;

5.   ALSO CALL UPON Member States to conduct an
     evaluation on the status of sport in their Member States with
     the view to promote sport, and strategize for the
     popularization of all African Sport, and to submit reports to
     the Commission for the compilation of a comprehensive
     report to be considered at the next AU Conference of
     Ministers of Sport;

6.   URGE Member States, in collaboration with the
     Commission, to identify and implement activities for the
     International Year of African Football, including:

     a)    to conduct regional activities to popularize the Year,
           and in particular also on Africa Sports Day (14
           December);

     b)    to establish local Committees, and

     c)    to appoint sport Ambassadors to plan, oversee and
           collaborate with South Africa in activities in support of
           the African Legacy Programme for the 2010 FIFA
           World Cup;

7.   ALSO URGE Member States to ensure the effective
     participation of their officials and youths in the 9th All Africa


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      Games, and the Africa-Asian Games, in Algeria, as for the
      youth camp programmes and related activities, scheduled
      for the period 11 July to 6 August 2007;

8.    APPEAL TO the United Nations Organisations and the
      international community to provide support to Member
      States in promoting sport for peace and development in
      Africa;

9.    REQUEST the Commission, in collaboration with Member
      States, to draft the AU Sport Policy Framework with
      measurable objectives, and specifically address the
      important issues of sport and communication, inter-sectoral
      collaboration and anti-doping;

10.   ALSO REQUEST the Commission to facilitate the
      establishment of a committee comprising of Members of the
      Bureau of the Conference of Ministers of Sport , the AU
      Commission, two representatives of each of the seven (7)
      Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) Zones, one (1)
      representative from each of the following: the Association of
      National Olympic Committees in Africa (ANOCA), the
      Association of African Sport Confederations (AASC) and the
      SCSA. The Committee shall:

      a) study options and possibilities and make concrete
         recommendations on how to restructure the SCSA and

      b) come up with a harmonized regime, in the form of a draft
         MoU, on strengthening the relations between African
         Governments, National Sport Movements and
         International Sport Federations;

11. FURTHER REQUEST the AU Commission, in collaboration
     with Member States, the African Sport Movement and
     Stakeholder Partners to follow up on the implementation of
     the above-mentioned recommendations and report to the
     next Session of the Conference of Ministers of Sport.




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