Aide-memoire: Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa Sixteen session
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The theme of the sixteenth session of RCM-Africa, which has become an important forum for dialogue between the United Nations and the African Union on issues pertinent to the development agenda of Africa, is: United Nations system support to the African Union’s Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063. The session provides an opportunity for the agencies of the United Nations system to contribute to strengthening Agenda 2063, in particular with respect to ensuring that the empowerment of women and girls is integrated into the Agenda. At the session, participants will assess and reflect on the progress made in and constraints hindering gender mainstreaming within RCM-Africa and its clusters. The session will subsequently chart the way forward to strengthen the tools and mechanisms for gender mainstreaming within the context of the revised cluster arrangements. A key outcome of the session will be to agree on strategies to support the African Union in the implementation of the outcome of the twenty-fourth ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union, held in January 2015, which was devoted to women’s empowerment and development in the context of Agenda 2063.