Theme: “Respecting the Dignity and God’s image in every human being”
Objectives Of The Theological Reflection & 11th General Assembly
The broad objectives of the upcoming AACC 11th General Assembly in 2018 are:
To give exposure to all member bodies about the value of human dignity as God’s Image,
To prepare the leadership of the African church for years to come,
To cross and break boundaries on both ethnic and denominational divide, build the Pan African vision among all people of Africa, give new theological insights and encourage delegates to reflect creatively on the African burning issues.
The AACC 2018 11th General Assembly will attract over 800 participants across the African continent including the international partner organisations.
Among the invited guests, there will be over 100 young theologians who will come a week earlier to reflect on the theme and sub-themes in preparation for the 11th General Assembly.
There will be seasoned theologians to mentor these young theologians and written reflection on the theme will be encouraged.
We are anticipating to publish books regarding the theme and sub-themes which can be used in our theological seminaries, colleges and churches across the continent.
The Core Focus
Dignity and God’s Image in every human being
Dignity and Christ’s Presence in transforming the world
Dignity and God’s Spirit in the whole of creation
Dignity and God’s Vision for the Future of African Ecumenism.
NATIONAL COUNTY DIALOGUE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)
The SDGs Kenya Forum organized a one-day meeting on 9th May 2017, in Nairobi, Kenya. The aim of the meeting was to provide a platform to strengthen accountability systems nationally towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ensuring that no one is left behind. The meeting was organized at national and county level with the theme: “National County Dialogue: Leave No One Behind”. The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) was represented by Ms. Zipporah Mwaura, Executive Secretary, Youth and Children, and Ms. Esther Mwai from our sister organization, the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN).
The SDGs Kenya Forum is a platform resulting from a transition process by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) who came together about 3 years ago as the Kenya CSOs Reference Group on Post-2015. It comprises of multi-sector and multi-constituency Civil Society Organizations seeking to represent diversity in issues, constituencies and technical capital required for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The meeting was attended by FBOs, CSOs, Government Ministries, UN representatives, Counties Representatives and Youth movements. A previous meeting aimed at shaping the Kenya national strategy was held earlier in the year.
The objectives of the National County Dialogues were:
Consolidate feedback from the 5 county dialogues on “leave no one behind “, so as to scale up the initiative to the other 42 counties;
Create awareness and foster ownership on the SDGs framework and what it articulates;
CSOs Voluntary National Review Report Validation;
Create a platform of collaboration between different stakeholders, the government, the private sector, the media, the academia and CSOs in priority setting, implementation and monitoring;
Provide a space to the counties for dialogue and inclusion of the community voices to precede the national dialogues.
The following transpired from the presentations:
It is important that the SDGs be domesticated, nationally and locally, to ensure that opportunity is given to everyone to offer insight, priorities and how they can participate in decision making and implementation of the SDGs.
Inclusivity was highlighted to enable reach out to and hear from the people who are usually not visible in the policy discussion spaces, and this will help bring out community voices of women, youth, people with disability, children and community volunteers.