United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

© UNESCO/Joelle Matte United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa

At the birth of The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA or ECA) in 1958, UNESCO joined the UNECA Team in Addis, which is in charge of expressing the UN views on key issues on the African agenda.

The UNECA encourages economic cooperation among its member states (the nations of the African continent) following a recommendation of the United Nations General Assembly. 

Implementation of the recommendations made by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to UNESCO in matters related to its fields of competence and reports thereon;

Exchange of information and documents about political initiatives and developments in their respective fields of competence and transmission of reports requested by the General Assembly and their subsidiary bodies;
Provision of information to the Economic Council on the nature and scope of any formal agreement with any other specialized agency, intergovernmental or non-governmental organization before any such agreement is concluded.

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