Africa Union of Architects Signs The Tangiers Declaration
The Africa Union of Architects (AUA) has entered into an agreement, known as the Tangiers Declaration, with the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) and the Architects' Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) to develop mutual multi- and bi-lateral cooperation between architecture organisations.The Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) has signed an agreement with the Africa Union of Architects and Architects Regional Council ASIA (ARCASIA) to develop mutual multi- and bi-lateral cooperation between architecture organisations. Figureheads of the three major organisations met in March this year in Tangiers, Morocco to discuss how they may work in partnership to accurately represent the international architectural community.
Presidents of the three bodies signed the ‘Tangiers Declaration’ which outlines an initiative for rationalisation of international cooperation within the International Union of Architects (UIA). The ACE currently represents 520,000 architects and holds sway over certain EU legislation and policies from its base in Brussels.
The signing of the ‘Tangiers Declaration’ was preceded by a discussion about the current state of affairs in the global architectural community, with the three organisations calling on the UIA Council and the Vision and Strategy Committee to ‘continue working on concrete proposals to strengthen and include the existing regional architectural organisations in effective cooperation’.
On 16 March 2012 an International President’s Meeting was held in Tangiers on the initiative of the President of the Africa Union of Architects, Chief Tokunbo Omisore. The ACE President, Selma Harrington, together with the representatives of several Regional Architectural Organisation signed the Tangiers Declaration designed to further develop mutual multi- and bi-lateral cooperation between architectural organisations leading to innovative, inclusive representation and acting in unison on behalf of the global architectural community.
Following on from the recommendations made by the UIA Vision and Strategy Committee in Tokyo in October 2011, the President of the Africa Union of Architects (AUA), Chief Tokunbo Omisore, organised a Regional Presidents’ Meeting in Tangiers in March 2012. On this occasion, the ACE President,
Selma Harrington, met the President of ARCASIA, George Kunihiro, and the AUA President, Tokunbo Omisore.
After the presentation of the current state of affairs in their Regional Organisations, the Presidents reflected on the effectiveness of representation of the architectural profession within these regions in the context of the global architectural community. Together they called on the UIA Council and the Vision and Strategy Committee to continue working on concrete proposals to strengthen and include the existing regional architectural organisations in effective cooperation.
The Tangiers Declaration was signed between the Presidents of the three regional architectural organizations representative in Africa, Asia and Europe and endorsed by the President of FEPA, Jorge Monti, representative of Americas, through post meeting correspondence. For the ACE, the Tangiers Declaration is an important initiative supporting the rationalisation of international cooperation within the UIA and continuing strand of the ACE work, in particular with UIA Region I and II.
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