Developing a regional cooperation framework between the African Union Commission and United Nations agencies in Africa
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The Regional Coordination Mechanism has undoubtedly recorded several notable achievements. There is a demonstrated strong desire within the United Nations family for joint action to support the African Union and its NEPAD programme. Over time, the African Union Commission has become more involved in the work of the clusters and shown strong political commitment at the highest level of decision-making to that work, with the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission currently co-chairing meetings of the Mechanism with the Deputy Secretary General. Progress has also been made in establishing subregional coordination mechanisms to varying degrees in all the subregions. Subregional coordination mechanisms have been a useful addition to the Regional Coordination Mechanism, providing the necessary bridge with regional economic communities, with the latter assuming responsibility for identifying priority or flagship programmes for implementation. This significantly increases the relevance and effectiveness of the Regional Coordination Mechanism.