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African Greens' Acadamy - Communique

Met during the African Greens Academy in Ouagadougou the 25th and 26th June 2011, members of the African Greens, during their work, received Country Reports from: Morocco, Benin, Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Nigeria, Angola, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Rwanda. Togo and Ivory Coast were excused.

Members also discussed the African Greens program from 2012- 2015. It was decided to feed this through the conclusions of the political debate that would happen the 26th June.

During the political debates, nine themes were analysed, these are:

• How can a green party be effective in a Country where democracy is still a problem?

Moderators/Main Discussants: Ms. Diallo Fadimata Bintou Toure, from Mali and Dr.Muslim Idris, from Nigeria• The role of Young Greens in Combating Pollution.

Moderators/Main Discussants: Dominique, JVE Ivory Coast and Adessou Kossivi from JVE Togo.• How can a green party be functional and survive when not in Parliament and not in Government?

Moderators/Main Discussants: Prof.Papa Meisa Dieng from Senegal• What are the roles of African Green Parties in combating climate change?

Moderators/Main Discussants: Mr.Didace Pembe from DRC• How can Social media (facebook, twitter, etc) and traditional media help in strengthening a green party in a place where democracy is lacking? , experience from North African Revolution.

Moderators and Main Discussants: Ms.Fatima Alloui from Morroco• How can Green Parties in Diaspora play a positive role in national development?

Moderators and Main Discussants: Eng. Gregorio NSumbu MBala from Angola/Brussels, Mr.Adamou Garba from Niger• Role of African Greens in the upcoming Global Greens Congress in Senegal?

Moderators/Main Discussant: Mr.Ram Ouedraogo from Burkinafaso, Dr.Papa Meisa from Senegal and Mr.Frank Habineza from Rwanda.• Young African Greens

Moderators: Ms.Winnie Quaye, Mr.Frank Habineza• How to manage a situation where they are two Green Parties in a country

MS.BINTU Toure, Ms.Fatima AlaouiIt was agreed that every country has its own realities and it would be not right to generalize situation from one place to another.

It was also agreed that the sharing of green values should go hand in with the respect of local rules, while proposing an alternative way of management of societies and natural resources and the promoting of a clean sustainable development.

The role of youth in combating pollution is to develop eco-citizenship behavior, propose training program and sensitization on different forms of pollution.

Concerning the fact of existence and survival of a green Party in a country where the party is neither represented in the parliament nor in government, the academy proposed an alliance with another party in the opposition, this could help to increase its membership and have representation both at local and national level.

Regarding the engagement to the fight against climate change, the anthropic actions have been pointed out as major responsible on the nature and the extra use of fossil energy by the industries

This system of production, source of emission of green house gazes imposes to greens to develop an ecological behavior.

African Greens declared being against any technology that does not preserve the earth and approve Clean Development Mechanism.

On the role which African Greens could play during the Global Greens Congress in Dakar, Senegal from the 27th March to the 1st April 2012, the academy proposed that the upcoming congress should promote democracy, non-violence and peace in Africa. It should also tackle global environmental problems, such as climate change, desertification, minerals problems, land grabbing, food security, coasts management, fisheries, wastes, and an egalitarian politic regarding migration.

Finally the academy focused on the question of the organization and the structure of African Young Greens and the resolution of a conflict related to the existence of two Greens Political Parties in the same country that want to belong to the same federation.

Concerning the two last points, mandate has been given to Young Greens to find their own solution to the problem. Concerning the second it has been retained that only one Green party per country can be member of the federation.

Concerning the hard procedure of recognition of Green Parties in some countries like: Rwanda, the academy requests the authorities to facilitate this process and find appropriate solutions.

Facilitations to government promoting democratic potitical alternatives have been approved by all the participants of the academy.

Ouagadougou, the 27th June 2011

Frank Habineza

AGF President