On July 1st, 2022, ECOSOCC launched the ECOSOCC Pan-African Month (PAM) to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the African Union with core activities revolving around the 41st Ordinary Session of the Executive Council and the 4th AU Mid-Year Coordination Meeting.
The month of July 2022 marked 20 years since the Durban Summit, which established the AU, and nearly 60 years since the Organisation of African Unity was founded (OAU).
ECOSOCC leveraged on the AU at 20 celebrations to honor and showcase African CSOs for their unwavering participation in issues on the African continent's political and socioeconomic advancement within their respective regions and countries, as well as to reignite and strengthen the spirit of Pan Africanism among civil society.
The PAM was launched by Ambassador Amr Aljowaily, Strategic Adviser to the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, who emphasized the significance of the PAM urging civil society and the African Citizenry to play an active role in the month’s activities. The PAM calendar of activities, afforded CSOs and the African Citizenry a chance to participate throughout the month of July. The events promoted dialogue between all segments of African society on issues concerning the Continent and its future.
ECOSOCC Pan-African month was organized in collaboration with various partners, some of whom gave brief remarks on their Pan-African Month events as well as the importance of reigniting the spirit of Pan-Africanism.
Activities held during Pan-African Month Included:
-Dialogue Forum on ‘Leveraging Africa’s extractive sector for nutrition and food security financing’
-Citizen’s Forum on Democracy and Unconstitutional Changes of Government (UCG)
-Launch of the 2nd edition of the Young Africans Writing Contest (YAWC) and The Policy Booklet on the 'Migration Policy Framework for Africa' (MPFA)
-ECOSOCC advocates for continued interaction and partnerships, as well as strengthened solidarity, between Africans and African diasporas