The Africa Department

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The Africa Department is the focal point for all questions relating to Africa, and is responsible for advising the Director-General thereon. It has responsibilities both as a central service and with regard to the programme.

Its principal missions are to:

  • work to strengthen cooperation between the Organization and its African Member States, both individually and jointly, through the African Union (AU) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs);
  • ensure that the AU and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) priorities, including MDG-related needs, are taken into account in the Organization’s fields of competence;
  • monitor the implementation of the Africa programme and progress made in achieving the medium term objectives identified for Africa through a distinct coordinating and monitoring mechanism;
  • help countries in post-crisis and post-conflict or post-disaster reconstruction situations to meet their needs in UNESCO’s fields of competence, in particular through the Programme of Education for Emergencies and Reconstruction (PEER);
  • ensure intersectoral coordination of initiatives relating to cross-cutting issues and themes concerning Africa, and its subregions through the intersectoral platform Priority Africa.

In its efforts to promote, coordinate and monitor action for Africa, the Department will promote an intersectoral and interdisciplinary approach that will draw on the exigencies of regional integration articulated by the African Union, including through its programme, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and subregional organizations.

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