Dakar, Senegal – A three-day conference “Political Stability, Human Security and Development in West Africa” was jointly organised by the European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) and the Economic Community of West African States Parliament (ECOWAS-P). The objectives of the conference were to define the roles of parliamentarians at national and regional levels ensuring human security in the region, addressing political stability in West Africa and assessing advancement towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
European Parliamentarians were represented by Hon. Elisabeth Nauclér, deputy head of the AWEPA Section in Finland and Hon. Dr. Tadeusz Iwiński, AWEPA head of Polish section. Hon. Nauclér stressed the need for cooperation, rule of law and good governance for human security, political stability, and rapid development in the West African sub-region. Hon. Nauclér stated that the value of cooperation among parliaments cannot be overestimated as “equal legislations, equal rules, equal approach to common problems is goal for any region with common problems.”
Declaring the conference open, the Speaker of the Parliament of the National Assembly of Senegal and former Prime Minister of the country, Hon. Moustapha Niasse, reiterated the commitment of West African nations to fight poverty by reducing insecurity, ensuring stability and procuring positive development.
The Speaker of ECOWAS-P, and Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Hon. Ike Ekweremadu, said although West Africa has moved from the era of war and endemic military rule to democracy, relative peace and development, the ECOWAS Parliament and the various ECOWAS National Parliaments had pivotal roles to play in the success recorded so far.
Given a proliferation of violent civil uprisings spanning state-sponsored war, violence against civilians perpetrated by localised groups to strife around contested elections and the recent political crisis in the Sahel, the ECOWAS Parliament recognises the importance to increase its ability to anticipate, assess and respond to these security challenges in an increasingly globalised world. These challenges undermine progress in economic development, human rights and democratisation and produce setbacks which may haunt the continent for decades to come if they are not contained.
- Parliamentarian Declaration
- Final Report
- Hon. Elisabeth Nauclér’s Opening ceremony speech (English & French)
- Presentation by Dr. Atouga: Biosecurity and Climate Change – Challenges for Government in a Rapidly Changing Environment
- Presentation by Mr. Dowetin: Electoral Integrity, Human Security and Development
- Presentation by Mr. Allale: IFRC Early Warning Systems
- Presentation: Natural and Political Challenges in the Sahel – Roles and Responsibilities of Parliament in Meeting Development Goals
- Presentation: Peacekeeping Interventions in West Africa AWEPA- ECOWAS P
- UNDP support to the AU and ECOWAS
- Workshop: Population Growth, Youth Unemployment and Urbanisation – Consequences and Risks
- Paper by Dr. Izah: Legislative oversight and democracy in developing countries
- Biographies Speakers
- Day 1 Recap