Who are EAGF? Eastern African Greens Federation (EAGF)
We the Eastern Africa Green Parties and Movements from Rwanda (Democratic Green Party of Rwanda - DGPR), Uganda (Ecological Party of Uganda - EPU), Burundi Green Movement, Afro-Greens Party of Kenya
in our awareness that we depend on the Earth's vitality, diversity and beauty, and that it is our responsibility to pass them on, undiminished or even improved, to the next generation and concerned for the dignity of humanity and the value of cultural heritage
our local struggles in the Eastern Africa region for a Green informed ideology clearly building and based on the Charter of the Global Greens Canberra 2001 and the Declaration of the Global Gathering of Greens at Rio in 1992;
that injustice, racism, poverty, ignorance, corruption, crime and violence, armed conflict and the search for maximum short term profit are causing widespread human suffering in our Eastern Africa region and globally
to joining together to bring forth a sustainable society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace with responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations of the Eastern Africa and the World;
our sovereign and inalienable right to determine the form of governance for within countries;
the need for fundamental changes in people's attitudes, values, and ways of producing and living and declaring that the new millennium provides a defining point to begin that transformation
set up and formed a unifying regional Eastern Africa Green Federation and hence identify and commit ourselves as the EASTERN AFRICAN GREENS with others around Africa and the World to implement the interrelated Green principles of Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Participatory Democracy, Nonviolence, Sustainability and Respect for Diversity in respect to creating a global partnership in support of our fulfilment
How was the network formed?
The East Africa Greens Federation congress which brought together leaders and representatives of Eastern African Green parties from Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi who met 8th – 9th November 2013 in Kigali Rwanda, resolved to form EAGF with the headquarters based in Kampala Uganda. The mission of EAGF is to bring about all necessary political and socio-economical changes in the country in the areas of democracy, rule of law, constitutional governance, fair distribution of national resources, the protection of environment, and generally striving for national sustainable political and social economic development that is inclusive, free and fair.
Why was the network formed?
East Africa Greens Federation was formed in November 2013 in Kigali- Rwanda to achieve the following objectives
I. To promote and popularize the green ideology with emphasis on the six Green principles of Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Participatory Democracy, Nonviolence, Sustainability and Respect for Diversity;
II. To mainstream unified Green values into our government’s political and economic policies as well as those of the regional political communities;
III. Act as a regional platform to promote democracy, good governance, constitutionalism and the rule of law in our countries
IV. To achieve a sustainable peace, development with a culture of dialogue, compromise, tolerance and good governance within the Eastern Africa region
V. To influence, support, monitor and evaluate the progress on regional and international commitments by our Governments on environmental and natural resource related issues;
VI. To recognize the key role of youth and women culture and encouraging an ethic of sustainability in the region;
VII. To promote unity, reconciliation, cooperation, diversity and gender equality among Eastern African people through regional integration efforts;
VIII. To defend our member parties in cases of political persecution and intimidation, and support them in calls for the good governance, constitutionalism and the rule of law in our respective countries
IX. Engage in mutually beneficial relationships with other African and International communities and institutions with similar objectives and where possible work jointly to achieve the said objectives
Mission and values
The EAGF also recognizes the new wave of regional integration by the countries of East Africa and accordingly uses this re-engineering opportunity to reposition itself in this new regional configuration where green ideology is one of the key drivers of sustainable growth.
We aim to have an East Africa region federation of well established, viable political parties and Green movements exercising political influence, cooperating to promote, implement and develop the goals of the Global Greens Charter, at national regional and international levels.
The mission of EAGF is to strive to bring about all necessary political and socio-economic changes in the member countries in the areas of democracy, rule of law, constitutional governance, fair distribution of national resources, the protection of environment, and generally striving for national sustainable political and social economic development that is inclusive, free and fair.
The following principles guide all EAGF members, organs, committees and other bodies and persons in
The six principles and tasks will be:
(A) Ecological Wisdom
I. That we learn to live within the ecological and resource limits of the planet
II. That we protect animal and plant life, and life itself that is sustained by the natural elements: earth, water, air and sun
III. Where knowledge is limited, that we take the path of caution, in order to secure the continued abundance of the resources of the planet for present and future generations.
(B) Social Justice
I. A just organization of the world and a stable world economy which will close the widening gap between rich and poor, both within and between our countries;
II. Advocating for the balance the flow of resources from South to North; and lift the burden of debt on poor countries which prevents their development.
III. Eradication of poverty, as an ethical, social, economic, and ecological imperative
IV. Elimination of illiteracy
V. Create a new vision of citizenship built on equal rights for all individuals regardless of gender, race, age, religion, class, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, disability, wealth or health
(C) Participatory Democracy
I. Through individual empowerment through access to all the relevant information required for any decision, and access to education to enable all to participate
II. Breaking down inequalities of wealth and power that inhibit participation
III. Building grassroots institutions that enable decisions to be made directly at the appropriate level by those affected, based on systems which encourage civic vitality, voluntary action and community responsibility
IV. Advocate for strong support giving young people a voice through educating, encouraging and assisting youth involvement in every aspect of political life including their participation in all decision-making bodies.
V. That all elected representatives are committed to the principles of transparency, truthfulness, and accountability in governance.
VI. That all electoral systems are transparent and democratic, and that this is enforced by law
VII. That in all electoral systems, each adult has an equal vote that all electoral systems are based on proportional representation, and all elections are publicly funded with strict limits on, and full transparency of, corporate and private donations.
VIII. That all citizens have the right to be a member of the political party of their choice within a multi-party system
I. Advocate for a comprehensive concept of national and global security, which gives priority to social, economic, ecological, psychological and cultural aspects of conflict, instead of a concept based primarily on military balances of power
II. Advocate for a national and global security system capable of the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts
III. Removing the causes of war by understanding and respecting other cultures, eradicating racism, promoting freedom and democracy, and ending poverty
IV. Pursuing general and complete disarmament including international agreements to ensure a complete and definitive ban of nuclear, biological and chemical arms, anti-personnel mines and depleted uranium weapons
V. Supporting the strengthening the United Nations (UN) as the global organization of conflict management and peacekeeping
VI. Pursuing a rigorous code of conduct on arms exports to our countries where human rights are being violated.
I. Ensuring that the rich limit their consumption to allow the poor their fair share of the earth's resources
II. Redefining the concept of wealth, to focus on quality of life rather than capacity for over-consumption
III. Creating a national economy which aims to satisfy the needs of all, not the greed of a few; and enables those presently living to meet their own needs, without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet theirs
IV. Eliminating the causes of population growth by ensuring economic security, and providing access to basic education and health, for all; giving both men and women greater control over their fertility
V. Redefining the roles and responsibilities of trans-national corporations in order to support the principles of sustainable development
VI. Implementing mechanisms to tax, as well as regulating, speculative financial flows
VII. Ensuring that market prices of goods and services fully incorporate the environmental costs of their production and consumption
VIII. Achieving greater resource and energy efficiency and development and use of environmentally sustainable technologies
IX. Encouraging local self-reliance to the greatest practical extent to create worthwhile, satisfying communities
X. Recognizing the key role of youth culture and encouraging an ethic of sustainability within that culture.
(F) Respect for Diversity
I. Recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples to the basic means of their survival, both economic and cultural, including rights to land and to self determination; and acknowledgment of their contribution to the common heritage of national and global culture
II. Recognition of the rights of ethnic minorities to develop their culture, religion and language without discrimination, and to full legal, social and cultural participation in the democratic process
III. Advocating for equality between women and men in all spheres of social, economic, political and cultural life
IV. Significant involvement of youth culture as a valuable contribution to our Green vision, and recognition that young people have distinct needs and modes of expression.