First meeting of the Forum of Ministers for Social Development of the East African Community

The first meeting of the Forum of Ministers for Social Development of the East African Community (EAC) was held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 15 to 19 September 2008.

In accordance with other existing Forums of Ministers being facilitated by UNESCO and Member States in various regions of the world, the Ministers from Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania also have the objective to provide a long-lasting platform to share experiences and to harmonize policies and approaches in the management of cross-cutting social concerns, such as poverty eradication as well as the overall management of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Their deliberations illustrated that the establishment of dialogue and common policies at a regional level could contribute to the development of more concrete democratic structures and stronger social cohesion in East Africa.

The Ministers insisted on defining the priorities for common action in four important sectors of intervention: health and social services; education, science and technology, culture and sports; gender, children, youth, social protection and community development; and environment and natural resources.

Within this framework, they would like UNESCO and the countries of the EAC to work more closely together in areas of mutual interest, such as combating HIV/AIDS, development of education, including, physical education and sport, and promoting equality between men and women.

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