ABSTRACT

The Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) Relating to the Peace and Security Council of the African Union entered into force on 26 December 2003; the 15-member elected Council was formally inaugurated in May 2004. The 27th ordinary session of the Assembly, convened in July 2016, in Addis Ababa, determined to impose, with effect from 2017, a 0.2% levy on certain goods imported into the continent to fund the organization's operational projects, programmes and peace and security operations budget. In mid-2018 the AU Assembly requested that recommendations should be finalized with respect to the future roles of the AU Peace and Security Council, African Court on Human and People's Rights, African Commission on Human and People's Rights, African Peer Review Mechanism, AU Advisory Board on Corruption, and Pan-African Parliament. The advisory Economic, Social and Cultural Council, inaugurated in March 2005, comprises representatives of civic, professional and cultural bodies at national, regional and diaspora level.