About ALAMAU 2018

ALA Model African Union 2018

African Leadership Academy Model African Union (ALAMAU) is an annual leadership conference for young leaders around Africa and across the world, simulating the activities of the African Union. ALAMAU was established in 2013 as a platform for young leaders to develop implementable solutions to African development challenges through diplomacy and international cooperation, in a format inspired by the Model United Nations and the African Union.

Delegates to ALAMAU serve as representatives of various African governments on nine organs of the African Union, affording them the opportunity to study complex African issues, understand the positions of African countries, and learn to successfully negotiate without compromising national interests. By assuming the roles of African leaders, ALAMAU aims to empower young leaders to model international cooperation for development while celebrating diversity.

The conference experience will, however, not be limited to these committee sessions; through presentations by African Union officials and multi-sectoral experts, a diplomatic roundtable featuring ambassadors from several countries, educational tours to historic sites and a cultural night celebrating the continent’s diversity, delegates will experience a highly educative and stimulating conference. There will also be parallel sessions for educators who will participate in roundtable discussions with thought-leaders, and engage in peer learning to advance their knowledge of the continent.

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2018 Conference Theme

' FOUNDATIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE '

Since 2002, the African Union has focused on accelerating Africa's economic and political growth and integration, with the ultimate aim of achieving sustained peace and prosperity for all African states. As a continent, we have experienced successes and failures in achieving this aim, from our rising literacy rates to our turbulent political elections. We have seen the triumph and tribulations of revolutions and renovations, and now, as the African Union begins to push towards a more youth-focused mandate, we must address the root causes of the challenges the continent faces today.

By reflecting on the root causes of our challenges, we can begin to create viable and practical solutions that can be implemented in the present and future. In seeking to make great strides in our development, we must ensure that the systems and structures we have in place are able to withstand the pressures placed on them by our progress. As we shift focus towards preparing future generations for continental leadership through harnessing our current demographic dividend, we must invest in the foundational policies and infrastructure for future growth through education, economic diversification, environmentalism and sustainable resource management. For the African Union’s vision of an “integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa” by 2063 to be realized, we must lay the proper foundations today for a sustainable future tomorrow.