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1. Fnings and recommndations Member states 2 Conduct of and follow-up to summits 3 The AU Commission 4 ECOSOCC 6 Civil society 7 2. Background: The African Union 9 3. Preparation ofAU summi at contnental evel n Preparation of the agenda 12 Distribution of documents to member states 13 The role of the Permanent Representatives Committee 14 Building consensus by region 15 Conduct of the summit 15 Follow-up to summit decisions 16 4. Preparations for suma t by member states 17 National structures responsible for foreign affairs 18 Engagement with national parliaments 21 Composition of national summit delegations 22 5. Regiona econoic communities and the African Union 25 Civil society engagement with regional institutions 26 6. The African Union Commisson: Outreachto civil society 29 The African Citizens' Directorate 29 The African Union-Civil Society Organisation Forum 30 The Women, Gender and Development Directorate and the Women's Forum 31 7. The Econoamic, S l d Cltural Council 33 Legal framework 34 ECOSOCC interim national chapters 35 Evaluation 37 . Autonomous civil socity enqagemen t with the Aican Union 39 Access to documents 39 Preparatory meetings 40 Observer status and accreditation 40 Paralle meetings 41 Host government obstruction 41 9. Key decisions at sumits in 43 The Draft Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance 43 The Hissene Hahbr case 44 Decision on the presidency of the Afitcan Union 45 Annual Activity Report of the Afi can Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights 46 The Draft Single Lega Instrument on the Merger of the African Court on Human aid Peopes' Rights and the Court of justice ofthe African Union 48 The seat of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights 4,8 o. Update: anuary-November 2007 51 Introduction 51 The creation of te Union Government 51 The election of commissioners 53 Developments on the Economic, Social and Cultural Counci (ECOSOCC) 53 Civil society participation at the Accra summit 54