Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa Concludes its 13th Session

ECA Press Release 198/2012

Addis Ababa, 15 November 2012 (ECA) - The 13th Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa (RCM-Africa), which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 14-15 November 2012, has concluded its deliberations on the post 2015 development agenda for Africa, and the role of UN and AU organs in shaping and implementing this agenda.

During the two-day meeting, participants sought more productive ways through which UN agencies and organizations working in Africa could coordinate their efforts on concretizing  Africa’s perspectives and priorities on the post-2015 development debate.

Deliberation focused on key issues that are not adequately addressed in the current MDG framework but that should be factored into the post-2015 agenda including growth and transformation; inequality; domestic resource mobilization; enablers of development; and the inclusion of climate change on all development interventions among others.

Achievements included the provision of the technical support to the African Union Commission (AUC), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the successful implementation of capacity of capacity building programmes. Challenges enumerated included limited resources, varied mandates of clusters, inadequate intra and inter-cluster coordination and the need for more AUC ownership.

The session forwarded recommendations to enhance the functioning of the clusters and effective delivery of support. Recommendations to the RCM-Africa secretariat include the development of a joint resource mobilization strategy; initiate the review of the RCM-Africa structures for increased efficiency in terms of scope, as well as working modalities and interface; and assist the building of a baseline data to measure progress on the achievements of clusters' business plans.

Meanwhile, the session recommended that the clusters enhance and strengthen collaboration; focus more on multi sectoral strategic areas of capacity building for AUC; and integrate the Rio+20 outcomes into their business and annual plans.

The nine thematic clusters of RCM-Africa also made presentations on the progress, achievements and challenges they faced throughout the year. The meeting also reviewed the progress report on capacity building support to the AU and its NEPAD programme and the progress report on Sub-regional Coordination Mechanisms (SRCMs).

In their closing remarks, co-Chairpersons of RCM-Africa, UN Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Jan Eliasson and Mr. Eurastus Mwench, Deputy Chairperson commended participants for the spirit of Delivering as One to accelerate the implementation of the AU vision and NEPAD priorities.

The meeting’s theme, Post 2015 Development Agenda for Africa, attracted over 200 representatives from the United Nations, the African Union Commission (AUC), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), African member States, and various regional and international partners.


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