UN Agencies Discuss on How to Better Coordinate in Africa

ADDIS ABEBA – Top officials of United Nations agencies in Ethiopia met on Wednesday to discuss how they can coordinate better and deliver as one in Africa. 

The meeting follows the third African Union-United Nations Annual Conference convened by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and AUC Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on May 6, 2019, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Both leaders welcomed the strong cooperation and collaboration between the two organizations and agreed to continue collaborating on the implementation of the AfCFTA and other related instruments.

On Wednesday, Addis Abeba-based UN officials discussed how they can work better together in light of ongoing UN reforms.

They sought to “fully support the AU’s quest for peace and sustainable development on the continent”, said UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) said in a statement on Thursday.

During the discussion, UN ECA’s Executive Secretary Vera Songwe, reinforced the need for joint efforts by the ECA and UN agencies in Ethiopia and highlighted the need for collective, coherent, and aligned reporting on their work.

“We need to do our best in supporting the African Union, especially as we implement the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the AU’s Agenda 2063,” she said.

Songwe, who also updated her colleagues on ECA reforms, also highlighted the importance of coordination and cooperation on issues connected to the African such as AfCFTA, among others.

The UN agency heads who were present concurred with Songwe on the need for better coordination and collaboration in supporting the African Union Commission in the critical areas the union has flagged.

UNESCO LO Director, Ana Elisa Santana Afonso, Fatoumata Seid of Food and Agriculture Organization, Joy Kategwa’s representative from UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and Unesco International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa’s Saliou Sall, among others, agreed on follow-ups that are needed to ensure the engagement gains momentum, in particular, that it bears fruit for the benefit of the continent’s citizens.

By Our Staff Writer