Report on United Nations support to the African Union and its New Partnership for Africa’s Development programme

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Introduction

This report provides an overview of the results achieved from activities undertaken by the United Nations system in support of the African Union and its New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) programme since April 2014. It considers that support from three perspectives: support pertaining to the decisions of African Heads of State and Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development; direct technical assistance to the African Union and its NEPAD programme; and support coordinated through the nine clusters of the Regional Coordination Mechanism of United Nations agencies working in Africa (RCM-Africa), convened by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). It ends with the main recommendations of the fifteenth session of RCM-Africa, which took place in Abuja, in March 2014. The report meets the need expressed by member States for regular and systematic reporting on United Nations activities in support of the sectoral priorities of NEPAD at the regional and subregional levels.

Contents: 

I. Implementing the decisions and recommendations of African Heads of State and Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development

A. Implement the outcomes of the Dakar Financing Summit for Africa’s Infrastructure
B. Support implementation of the regional economic communities capacity development plan
C. Harmonize policy, legal and regulatory frameworks to enhance private sector financing of transboundary infrastructure
D. Organize a high-level policy dialogue on domestic resource mobilization in Africa
E. Implement the recommendations of the report of the High-level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa entitled, “Track it. Stop it. Get it”
F. Provide continuous support to the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and post-2015 processes
G. Engage in global advocacy to enhance domestic resource mobilization and private sector financing of infrastructure in Africa

II. Direct technical support for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development

III. Delivering as one for the African Union and its New Partnership for Africa’s Development programme

A. Agriculture, food security and rural development cluster
B. Environment, population and urbanization cluster
C. Science and technology cluster
D. Advocacy and communication cluster
E. Infrastructure and development cluster
F. Social and human development cluster
G. Governance cluster
H. Peace and security cluster
I. Industry, trade and market access cluster

IV. Implementation of the United Nations Ten-Year Capacity-Building Programme for the African Union

V. Working group on a framework for United Nations support to the African Union and its New Partnership for Africa’s Development programme

VI. Developments concerning the subregional coordination mechanisms

A. North Africa
B. Eastern and Southern Africa
C. Central Africa
D. West Africa

VII. Main observations from the fifteenth session of RCM-Africa

VIII. Recommendations and the way forward