Consultation with the Pan african Parliament and regional parliaments to promote constitutionalism and rule of law Midrand, South Africa

INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

When: 25th- 27th November 2015

Where: Pan African Parliament Headquarters, Conference Hall

Who: Organized by the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission in collaboration with the Pan African Parliament (PAP) and International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)

Objective: The meeting aims to:

Eengage relevant stakeholders to promote constitutionalism and rule of Law in Africa.

Engage African Parliaments on their responsibility to promote Constitutionalism and the Rule of law in Africa;

Identify strategy to promote signature, ratification and implementation of the AU Shared Values and particularly the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.

Expected outcome: The main expected outcomes include;

Strategies and Capacity Building Programs identified

Coordination, collaboration and cooperation between national parliaments, regional and PAP strengthened;

A draft joint action plan to strengthen the role of parliaments in the area of Constitutionalism and the rule of law developed;

A draft capacity building program developed for parliamentarians.

Strategies to accelerate the signature, ratification and implementation of ACDEG in the sub-region are identified.

Participants: Representatives of Regional Parliaments, PAP, African Union Commission, Experts in Constitutionalism and Rule of Law, representatives of civil society, and other International organisations.

Background:

The Department of Political Affairs of the AUC in collaboration with the Pan African Parliament will convene a consultative meeting on the role of parliaments in strengthening constitutionalism. The consultation will form part of the action plan of the Constitutionalism and Rule of Law Cluster of the African Governance Platform. On 15 February 2012, the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) entered into force. The ACDEG explicitly recognizes the links between democracy and human rights norms, which are the subject of precise obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Agenda 2063 in its aspiration 3, dreams of an “Africa that has implemented good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law to the 2063 horizon” through the consolidation of democratic gains of the continent and improving the quality of governance, the establishment of strong institutions, development oriented and the emergence of visionary leadership. To achieve this aspiration, Agenda 2063 identifies specific areas of interventions that reflect on the mandates of national parliaments, regional and continental. The Pan African Parliament (PAP), as an organ of the African Union enshrines Objective 3 of the Strategic Plan 2014-2017 which is “promoting human rights, democracy and good governance in Africa “.

In the recent past, the Pan-African Parliament and regional parliaments helped accelerate the signing and ratification of the legal instruments of the AU, especially with the campaign “11 by 2011” that allowed the ACDEG to enter into force in early 2012. It is vital that PAP is part of the dialogue on the roles that dynamic conceptions of constitutionalism require of African parliaments. The meeting is conceived as the first of a series of consultations to be undertaken with national and regional parliaments.

JOURNALISTS ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY ON THE 25TH OF NOVEMBER AT 10:00AM AND THE CLOSING ON THE 27TH OF NOVEMBER AT 1:00 PM

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IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Zambia

At the invitation of the authorities, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Tsidi Tsikata visited Zambia during November 11–20 to review recent economic developments and discuss the authorities’ policy responses to the macroeconomic challenges currently facing the country.

At the end of the mission, Mr. Tsikata issued the following statement:

“The Zambian economy is under stress. Low copper prices and a severe electricity shortage are straining economic activity. The Zambian kwacha has lost half of its value since the beginning of the year, causing difficulties for many segments of the economy and population, and putting upward pressure on inflation. Moreover, domestic and external financing conditions have tightened markedly, with increased interest rates on Zambian government debt.

“In recent months, the pressures on the economy have not only reflected the impact of external shocks but also waning market confidence. Fiscal discipline has been undermined by additional spending commitments that stand in contrast to lower-than-budgeted revenues. Further, delayed implementation of critical policy pronouncements such as ensuring cost-reflective pricing of petroleum products and electricity continues to impact negatively on the budget.

“Monetary policy has been appropriately tightened to counter the pressures on the exchange rate and rising inflation, but success will depend on complementary tightening of fiscal policy.

“The mission and the Zambian authorities reached a shared understanding on the current economic challenges and the implications of alternative policy choices. Zambia—with a record of peace and political stability and abundant natural resources—remains a country with great potential to achieve strong and inclusive growth. The mission remains confident that resolute implementation of a credible package of measures to lower the fiscal deficit will go a long way towards restoring market confidence, bringing stability to the economy, enabling a speedy recovery in economic growth, and ensuring debt sustainability.

“It was agreed that the authorities and IMF staff would remain closely engaged in the period ahead. The Zambian authorities undertook to conduct internal consultations based on the outcome of the mission, with a view to defining the forms and timing of engagement.

“The team met with His Excellency President Edgar Lungu, Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, Bank of Zambia (BoZ) Governor Denny Kalyalya, other senior government and BoZ officials, members of parliament, as well as representatives of the private sector, labor unions, civil society organizations, and Zambia’s development partners. The mission thanks the authorities and the other stakeholders it met, for their openness and the constructive spirit in which all discussions were held.”

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1st specialised technical committee on gender equality and women’s empowerment

INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

When: 25 –29 NOVEMBER 2015

Who: The Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD)

Where: KHARTOUM, SUDAN

Objectives:

The 1st STC is to consider the rule of procedure of STC on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

This meeting will also consider and approve the projects under Fund for African Women (FAW), consider and adopt the report of mid-term review of the African Women Decade (AWD), the Plan of Action on the Implementation of the Declaration of the AU Heads of State and Government on the AU Theme for 2015”Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development Towards Africa Agenda 2063” and Johannesburg Call for Action, the Concept Note and Framework of the AU Theme for 2016 among others.

Participants: AU Ministers of Gender and Women’s Affairs and their Experts, invited participants as well as AUC staff.

Expected outcomes:

The Rules of procedure of STC on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment adopted
Projects under FAW considered and approved
Mid-term review Report of AWD adopted
The Plan of Action on the Implementation of the Declaration of the AU Heads of State and Government on the AU Theme for 2015”Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development Towards Africa Agenda 2063 adopted

Background:

The African Union Commission is convening the 1ST Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) which will be held in Khartoum, Sudan from 25 to 29 November 2015. During the 5th Ordinary Session of AU Ministers in Charge of Gender and Women’s Affairs held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 13th May 2013, the Commission informed the meeting that the Commission is requested to implement HOSG decision to establish the STC on GEWE by 2015 and there would no longer be any Ministerial meetings as the Ministers would be convened as STCs.

The 1st STC on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment will consider among others:

The Rules of Procedure of the STC on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment;
The outcomes of the review of the Projects under the 2015 Theme of AWD “Education, Science and Technology”;
The outcomes of the review of projects under the 2014 AWD Theme;
Mid-Term Report of African Women’s Decade 2010-2014 ;
The 2015 AU Theme Implementation;
The Plan of Action on the Implementation of the Declaration of the AU Heads of State and Government on the AU Theme for 2015”Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development Towards Africa Agenda 2063 and Johannesburg Call for Action;
Concept Note and Framework of the AU Theme for 2016;
Updating on the SDGEA and Protocol of the Women’s Rights Progress;
Consideration of preparations for January 2016 Pre-Summit on Gender.

Media representatives are invited to cover the STC meeting on the 25 –29 November 2015 in Khartoum Sudan

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The first lady of Kenya calls for joint efforts to end preventable maternal and child deaths in Africa

As part of concerted efforts to improve the health of the Continent’s citizens and reduce maternal and child deaths, the Government of Kenya and the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with UN agencies and key partners, gathered yesterday 19th November 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya to celebrate the AU’s Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA). Commemorations are taking place this week under the theme “Moving CARMMA to the next level: Mobilizing to End Maternal and Child Death in Africa by 2030”, and the AU hope to accelerate and renew momentum towards ending preventable maternal and child mortality in the region. The main objective of the campaign, which was launched in 2009, is to promote accelerated and intensified implementation of the Maputo Plan of Action to ensure universal access to comprehensive integrated sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Delivering the keynote address, the First Lady of Kenya, H.E Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta urged African countries that have not embraced CARMMA to do so to enable the continent move forward together.“Investing in women’s and children’s health is vital for sustainable economic and social development. Healthy women and children contribute to healthy economies, political stability and shared prosperity” Mrs. Kenya emphasized. “This (reduction of deaths) is good news for mothers and children in Africa. But it is not enough. We are not yet there. More needs to be done. We must, therefore, prioritize maternal and newborn survival and mobilize resources at all levels” she said. The First Lady said the huge loss of life occasioned by poor access to life saving healthcare should be a great concern to all people of goodwill.“I believe that it is possible to make progress through strategic and coordinated efforts and working together”, said the First Lady, who is also the Chairperson of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA).

Speaking on behalf of the African Union, H.E. Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission expressed delight that 45 Member States have launched and successfully domesticated the campaign that will ultimately ensure better health outcomes for women, children and newborns. He emphasized that CARMMA remains a key vehicle for moving the continent towards the attainment of this noble goal and called on AU Member States to focus on high-impact interventions that can greatly reduce these preventable deaths. “Importantly, these interventions require the overall strengthening of health systems, reducing health inequities, and maintaining a drive towards universal health coverage,” he added. The Deputy AU Chairperson pointed that the continent’s leadership is determined,more than ever, to ensure maternal and child health takes centre stage on the African development agenda as we enter the era of the Sustainable Development Goals. He asserted that the Commission will continue championing Africa’s political commitment and leadership in maternal, newborn and child health to consolidate the gains made, achieve unattained goals, and sustain momentum for attaining the aspirations of our Agenda 2063. Earlier, the AU Commissioner for Social Services, AU commission, Dr. Mustapha Kaloko said Kenya was chosen to host the CARMMA commemoration week due to the leading role played by the First Lady in championing maternal health issues.

Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, Regional Director of UNFPA’s East and Southern Africa Regional Office reiterated her organizations’ commitment to working with AU and Member States to ensure every woman and young person has access to the sexual and reproductive health services they need, maintaining that no woman should die giving life and that all young people are able to reach their full potential. She warned that many young girls in Africa lack access to a caring and supportive environment at home and in their communities, and do not receive enough sexual and reproductive health education, as well as lacking access to family planning commodities and youth-friendly services. Dr. Onabanjo called on Africa to take advantage of its youthful population and “reap the demographic dividend by making the necessary triangular investments in our young people’s health, education, and economic empowerment, and in preventing child marriage and teenage pregnancy”.

In her remarks, Ambassador Susan Page, the Charge d’ Affaires, US Mission to the AU expressed satisfaction that CARMMA has been very successful in mobilizing political goodwill in support of maternal health and child survival on the continent. She reiterated US Government commitments to partnering the AU to realize the continents development aspirations contained in the Agenda 2063 framework

For her part, the Representative of UN Women to the African UnionMsFunmiBalogunexpressed delight with the fact there is global universal consensus that achieving gender equality is critical to the wellbeing of individuals, families, households and societies.“All these prove that with concerted international efforts and assistance, with leadership from women, the gender gaps and inequalities can be eradicated”, she emphasized. She however cautioned that there are still many challenges ahead as violence against women, including sexual violence,continue to rise and women’s bodies continue to be used as battlefields in conflict.

As part of the commemoration, two new reports were released by the AU and partners. The reports, “Maternal, Newborn and Child Health 2014 Status Report” and “Gender Mainstreaming Maternal Death Surveillance and Response Systems in Africa” call upon all AU Member States and partners to focus on the implementation of interventions that address the main causes of maternal and child mortality including complications during childbirth.

The Commission called for increased partnership, commitment, and the involvement of a variety of stakeholders to support CARMMA activities in the SDG era by enhancing awareness on gender inequality as a contributor to child and maternal morbidity and mortality.It is hoped that the commemorations with increase awareness and enhance political commitment and leadership on ending preventable maternal and child deaths on the continent.

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Africa 2.0 Annual Leadership Symposium: Ask your questions LIVE to Africa 2.0, Dangote and the Pension Commission of Nigeria (PENCOM)

The best and brightest minds from across Africa will be gathering in Maputo from 24-26 November for the Africa 2.0 Annual Leadership Symposium (http://www.APO.af/ZjE7Eb). This year marks the five year anniversary for Africa 2.0.

Africa 2.0, Dangote and the Pension Commission of Nigeria (PENCOM) will host an online press conference on Wednesday 25th at 10:30 GMT (Time Converter: http://www.APO.af/TlTH8U)

Journalists interested in participating in this online press conference will be able to ASK QUESTIONS LIVE VIA THE INTERNET.

Africa 2.0 is a pan-African civil society organisation providing a platform for emerging and established African leaders to drive forward the transformation of Africa. Founded in 2010 around the belief that with a unifying vision and a focused “coalition of the willing”, Africans can accelerate the development of their continent. Our vision and goals are set out in our Manifesto (http://www.APO.af/dmDz9I). This guiding document was written by African thought leaders and experts, and sets out sustainable and thoughtful solutions to Africa’s challenges that will result in lasting change.

Who: Africa 2.0 – Mamadou Toure – Founder & Chairman
PENCOM – Chinelo Anohu-Amazu – Director General
Dangote Group – Zouera Youssoufou – CEO of the Dangote Foundation

When: Wednesday 25th at 10:30 GMT (Time Converter: http://www.APO.af/TlTH8U)

Language: English

How it works: This service is FREE and only requires a computer connected to the internet.

REGISTER: http://www.apo-opa.com/application.php?L=E&vc=A20

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Malawi Enacts New Insolvency Legislation Implementing UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency

With its adoption of the Insolvency Bill 2014 on 18 November 2015, Malawi has become the 41st State in the world to have enacted legislation based on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency. It is expected that the Bill will be gazetted as the Insolvency Act 2015 in December 2015. Reform of the Insolvency Act has been accompanied by significant reforms to the Companies Act.

The UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency, adopted in 1997, is designed to assist States to equip their insolvency laws with a modern, harmonized and fair framework to address more effectively instances of cross-border insolvency. Those instances include cases where the insolvent debtor has assets in more than one State or where some of the creditors of the debtor are not from the State where the insolvency proceeding is taking place. The Model Law respects the differences among national procedural laws and does not attempt a substantive unification of insolvency law. It offers solutions that help in several modest but significant ways. These include the following: foreign assistance for an insolvency proceeding taking place in the enacting State; foreign representatives’ access to courts of the enacting State; recognition of foreign proceedings; cross-border cooperation; and coordination of concurrent proceedings.

The Model Law was drafted by UNCITRAL’s Working Group on Insolvency Law, approved and adopted by the Commission in May 1997 and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1997. Prior to enactment of the Insolvency Act in Malawi, legislation based on the Model Law had been adopted in the following jurisdictions: Australia (2008); Benin (Organisation pour l’Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires (OHADA) – 2015); British Virgin Islands (2003); Burkina Faso (OHADA – 2015); Cameroon (OHADA – 2015); Canada (2005); Central African Republic (OHADA – 2015); Chad (OHADA – 2015); Chile (2013); Colombia (2006); Comoros (OHADA – 2015); Congo (OHADA – 2015); Côte d’Ivoire (OHADA – 2015); Democratic Republic of the Congo (OHADA – 2015); Equatorial Guinea (OHADA – 2015); Gabon (OHADA – 2015); Great Britain (2006); Greece (2010); Guinea (OHADA – 2015); Guinea-Bissau (OHADA – 2015); Japan (2000); Kenya (2015); Mali (OHADA – 2015); Mauritius (2009); Mexico (2000); Montenegro (2002); New Zealand (2006); Niger (OHADA – 2015); Philippines (2010); Poland (2003); Republic of Korea (2006); Romania (2002); Senegal (OHADA – 2015); Serbia (2004); Seychelles (2013); Slovenia (2007); South Africa (2000); Togo (OHADA – 2015); Uganda (2011); Vanuatu (2013); and the United States (2005).

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Ghana Builds National Migration Policy Capacity

In April the Government of Ghana formally approved a National Migration Policy (NMP.) The policy was developed with support from IOM Ghana and the IOM Development Fund (IDF).

To support its implementation, between August and October 2015, IOM trained 48 government officials from 11 institutions. The two five-day trainings, which took place in Ho, the capital of the Volta Region, were designed to foster ownership and strengthen the capacity of key government officials to effectively implement the new policy.

They also provided a platform for dialogue and shared experiences to bridge the gap between strategy and implementation of the policy, which addresses internal migration, labour migration, diaspora mobilization and engagement, environment and climate change, migration and gender, border management, migrants’ protection, international cooperation, and other cross-cutting issues in migration management.

With support from the IDF, IOM initiated discussions with the government in 2014 for the creation of a comprehensive policy that would facilitate the integration of migration and development into national frameworks. It also supported the creation of an Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee on Migration (IMSCM.) The 16-member IMSCM is made up of representatives from various government institutions, academia and development partners, and is chaired by the Deputy Minister for the Interior.

Samuel Amankwah, Director of Research, Statistics and Information Management at the Ministry of the Interior, representing the Minister for the Interior at the second training, said: “Ghana’s government has come to the realization that if managed well, migration can be used as a catalyst to accelerate national development. There is no family in Ghana that is not touched by migration.”

“Ghana is facing multiple migration challenges that are currently being addressed by various ministries, departments and agencies. The policy will create a framework where all efforts will be orchestrated for maximum impact. The policy will only be as effective as the officers implementing it, which is why IOM is investing in capacity building at the very early stages post-adoption,” said IOM Ghana Chief of Mission Sylvia Lopez-Ekra.

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IOM Aids Vulnerable Populations in Remote Areas of Jonglei, South Sudan

IOM is providing lifesaving aid to displaced and vulnerable host community households in remote areas of South Sudan’s Jonglei State. In the first half of November, it reached nearly 6,000 people with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) assistance.

In Kurwai payam, Canal County, IOM registered and provided assistance to over 1,300 households, or nearly 6,000 people, in five villages between 28 October and 18 November. Vulnerable households received buckets, collapsible water containers, soap, filter cloths and water purification tablets.

These supplies are critical, particularly for internally displaced persons (IDPs) who carried few belongings when fleeing insecurity in Atar, northeast of Kurwai, in June. Most of the IDPs are women, children and the elderly.

Across South Sudan, the crisis has placed significant strain on existing WASH infrastructure and practices, particularly in remote areas where IDPs have integrated into communities with already limited access to basic services. Households in Kurwai face poor living conditions, with no access to safe drinking water or sanitation facilities and poor hygiene practices.

In an effort to build the capacity of the community to encourage good hygiene and sanitation, IOM also trained ten hygiene promoters who will spread messages on the importance of handwashing, the dangers of open defecation, and tips on food and water hygiene among their own communities.

Another IOM WASH team is currently in Kolapach payam, also in Canal, to provide assistance to an estimated 3,500 vulnerable IDP and host community households that are facing similarly dire WASH conditions. Coping mechanisms in Kolapach have been aggravated by the continued pressure of displaced populations who fled other areas of Canal in 2014.

In February 2015, IOM mobile teams conducted a WASH response in Kurwai to support IDPs who had fled insecurity in Kaldak.

Since December 2013, the crisis in South Sudan has displaced more than 2.3 million people, including nearly 1.7 million IDPs. Millions more are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, with approximately 34 per cent of the population facing severe food insecurity and malnutrition.

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IOM, Partners Conduct Joint Assessment Mission on Ivorian-Liberian Border

IOM Cote d’Ivoire has led a week-long inter-agency assessment mission to the Ivorian-Liberian border to identify the challenges faced by border communities from local violence and a lack of border management.

The assessment was carried out from 9 November to 13 November in the Ivorian border towns of Touleplou, Danane, Tai and Tabou by representatives of the Ivorian government, IOM, UNHCR, UNDP and UNOCI.

It examined social cohesion in border communities, the main sources of cross-border conflict, and how to improve coping mechanisms for communities affected by the closure of the border in early 2014 due to the regional Ebola crisis.

During the mission, participants met with local authorities, community members, elderly people, youth and women to understand community needs and the impacts of the border closure, the Ebola crisis and land disputes on the Ivorian side, which cause periodic outbreaks of violence. Local people complained of a lack of infrastructure and a lack of intercommunal social cohesion.

The assessment mission is the first step towards obtaining funds from the UN Peacebuilding Fund for an inter-agency project to improve peaceful coexistence in border areas. The project will be implemented in close cooperation with national and local government authorities, civil society and local communities.

“There are many challenges that need to be addressed in these communities, which are in crisis, despite the good work of NGOs in the area. The two governments, IOM and our UN partners need to urgently address these challenges,” said IOM Cote d’Ivoire project manager Laurent Guittey.

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IOM Helps Togolese Girls Trafficked in Gabon to Return Home

A group of 17 Togolese girls, aged between 16 and 21, including a single mother and her one-year-old baby, have been returned home from Gabon with IOM’s help.

Of the 17, 11 girls were found on Gabon’s Koniquet Island in August 2015 by the Gabonese Immigration Service. Following their rescue, they were taken to a Gabonese government reception centre for children in Libreville, where they received medical and psychological care. Six other girls, already identified as Togolese victims of trafficking, had already spent two years in the center.

Their stories tell of pain and sorrow. Some left Togo without even informing their parents, who did not know whether they were alive or dead. Some were tricked into leaving by strangers promising a better life. Others were trafficked by neighbors or relatives.

During their journey from Togo to Gabon by motorbike, car and pirogue canoe, most of the girls experienced verbal, physical and sexual abuse.

On 12th November, IOM, in close cooperation with UNICEF, the Togolese and Gabonese authorities, returned the girls to Togo, where they are now staying in a reception center for vulnerable children in Lomé, in the custody of the Togolese Government, while their families are traced and assessed.

“It is paramount to ensure that reintegration into the family of origin is in the best interest of these minors and will not bring further risks to their safety and personal development. All the phases of the project are being coordinated with relevant stakeholders,” said IOM regional migrant assistance expert Michele Bombassei.

“In 2016 IOM will start to implement two projects targeting child trafficking between Togo, Benin and Gabon, including the finalization of a trilateral cooperation agreement on countering trafficking. The identification of this group shows how badly needed this initiative is,” he added.

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AUC and RECS harmonizing their M&E systems of the first ten year implementation plan of the agenda 2063

The technical meeting of the African Union Commission (AUC), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on the convergence of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) systems for the first 10 Years Implementation Plan of the Agenda 2063 was held from 16 to 18 November 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. Representatives of the AUC, UNECA, Joint Secretariat Support Office (JSSO), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMMESA), East African Community (EAC), Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) and Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) attended the meeting. The meeting outlined key national targets and indicators that would be monitored and evaluated directly by RECs.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Jacques Mukwende, Head of the Resource Mobilization Division in the Strategic Policy Planning, Monitoring and Resource Mobilization Directorate recalled that the first such meeting was held in Johannesburg, South Africa that proposed the then structural framework among the TRIPARTITE RECS of ECOWAS, EAC and SADC be expanded to include the other five RECs, the AUC, AfDB and ECA for purposes of harmonizing their respective monitoring and evaluation systems and achieve convergence for the implementation of Agenda 2063 First Ten Year Implementation Plan. According to him that meeting also proposed that the enlarged group will meet in Nairobi, Kenya to develop a roadmap for the convergence of monitoring and evaluation systems, at the invitation and under the AUC sponsorship.

In the course of the meeting, COMESA, EAC, CENSAD and ECOWAS presented their perspectives and strategy for alignment of the M&E architectures with a view to identifying areas of convergence with each other and AUC M&E framework. The presentations showcased RECs critical roles, including monitoring and evaluation at the regional level. It was highlighted that it is imperative that the M&E frameworks at the regional levels talk to each other so that a continental aggregation can be done with respect to progress towards the attainment of the African Aspirations and its associated goals.

During the discussions, the meeting was guided by guidelines such as value addition, uniqueness and commonality, comparability, transparency and accountability in reinforcing the convergence process.

On the way forward, it was stated that the outcome of this meeting is expected to be presented at the Chief executives officers of the RECs coordination meeting for the 6th of December, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Agenda 2063 and its First Ten Year Implementation Plan Vis-à-vis RECs:

Agenda 2063 and its First Ten Year Implementation Plan both which were adopted by the AU Summit in January and June respectively this year make the RECs the point of entry at the regional level prior to reaching the member states. In effect the RECs will coordinate the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the First Ten Year Plan at the regional level- providing oversight, coordination, technical backstopping, resource mobilization etc to member states with the region.

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UN human rights expert to assess the impact of unilateral sanctions imposed on Sudan

United Nations Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy will undertake an official visit to Sudan from 23 to 30 November to gather first-hand information on the negative impact on human rights of unilateral coercive measures imposed on the country by States or group of States.

“During my eight-day visit, I will assess the effect of such measures on the Sudanese population in order to prepare relevant observations and recommendations to mitigate or eliminate their adverse impacts,” said the independent expert tasked by the UN Human Rights Council with monitoring, reporting and advising on the negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights of unilateral coercive measures departing from clearly legal multilateral sanctions taken by the UN Security Council.

This is the Special Rapporteur’s first official country visit since the establishment of the mandate and his appointment earlier this year.

Mr. Jazairy, who visits Sudan at the invitation of the Government, will meet with State officials, regional authorities, representatives the diplomatic community, civil society organizations and of relevant UN agencies.

The Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference at the end of the visit, on 30 November 2015 at 14h00, at the UNDP Marawi conference room, UNDP Sudan Gama’a Avenue,House 7,Block 5 P.O. Box 913. Postal Code 11111, Khartoum. Access to the press conference is strictly limited to journalists.

A final report on the visit will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016.

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