UNESCO’s 37th General Conference adopted an Operational Strategy for Priority Africa and an action plan for the implementation of the six flagship programmes.
This Operational Strategy is based on the Vision of the African Union, which cares about building “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena”.
In order to fulfill this vision and to release the full potential for the development of the continent, the African countries will inter to innovatively address four major challenges while taking advantage of the opportunities they represent:
- demographic growth,
- social transformation,
- democratic governance,
- sustainable development and economic growth.
The operational strategy for Priority Africa guides all UNESCO actions in favour of Priority Africa, in particular action under six “flagship programmes” that will raise the profile of Priority Africa as recommended by the Member States. These six flagship programmes were defined upon wide intersectoral work and are embedded in the programme and budget of UNESCO.
Youth and Gender are crosscutting areas.