UN unveils 10-year plan for Africa

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The United Nations is working on the implementation of a 10-year plan to accelerate economic, scientific and post-conflict reconstruction in Africa, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) executive secretary Abdoulie Janneh said here Thursday.
He said the UN has also revamped its internal consultation with the African Union (AU) and is now working to support the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) to achieve its goals of developing the continent through scientific innovations.
Janneh was speaking at the opening session of the Executive Council meeting convening here 25-26 January to prepare the agenda of the 8th AU heads of state summit scheduled for 29-30 January in the Ethiopian capital.
The UN official noted that these are the outcome of a cooperation accord the UN and AU signed promising substantial technical support for the Addis Ababa-based pan African organization to tackle challenges facing the continent, Janneh explained.
The accord offers Africa a 10-year action plan of training and institutional expansion in an effort to bolster trade, science and security in the continent.
It was signed in November 2006 and the UN Secretary-General has written to the UN General Assembly Presidency, informing it of the new development, Janneh said.
"It is our fervent hope that a General Assembly Resolution will be adopted to this effect," Janneh said.
Janneh said the UN would offer its advanced technical knowledge in the handling of peace and security issues, post-conflict reconstruction and regional integration.

25 january 2007 15:57:00

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