Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission chief meets UN Africa's special envoy on deepening cooperation with RECs

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo and other Chief Executives of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, met with the UN Under-Secretary and Special Adviser on Africa, Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz, for discussions on wide-ranging issues, particularly the ways and means of boosting cooperation between the UN and the RECs in the continent.

ECOWAS, which is 40 years this year, is a trail blazer in regional integration and a leading REC in Africa.

According to the Commission, President Ouédraogo used the occasion of the meeting, one of the series of consultations on the sidelines of the 24th African Union (AU) Summit, to brief the UN official on ECOWAS’ achievements in the area of peace security, mediation and conflict prevention, democracy and good governance, especially the strengthening of the capacity of Electoral Commissions and support to enhance the credibility of elections in the region.

He also touched on the status of implementation of the Sahel Strategy, the Nouakchott Process for Enhancement of Cooperation and sustainable peace in the Sahel region as well as the need for enhanced synergy between RECs and the AU regarding the operationalisation of the AU Agenda 2063.

Ambassador Abdelaziz reaffirmed the UN’s availability to support the RECs in Africa realise their development objectives and the effective implementation of Agenda 2063, beginning with its first ten-year Action Plan and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

President Ouédraogo was accompanied by the ECOWAS Commissioners for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Salamatu Hussaini Suleman and Social Affairs and Gender Fatimata Dia Sow.

In addition to the consultations by the Commission’s delegation, ECOWAS Chairman and Ghana President John Dramani Mahama is also expected to chair talks with his peers on the political and security situation in West Africa, on the margins of the AU Summit.

These will include an update on the latest development in Burkina Faso, the security situation in northern Nigeria, especially the Boko Haram activities, and the Ebola epidemic, which has claimed almost 9,000 lives, with the heaviest toll from the region.
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29 janvier 2015 13:45:12

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