The Priority Africa platform is intersectoral in the sense that it includes all the main lines of action that each programme sector as well as the institutes, centres and offices must implement as a priority in Africa. It is interdisciplinary in as much as this overall intersectorality will be practised within and enriched by a framework of mutually reinforcing contributions from various disciplines, competencies and specialities. It is cross-cutting because none of the issues with which it deals are intrinsically self-sufficient by their very nature, fi eld or purpose, and they will need to be addressed and treated both diachronically and synchronically. Lastly, the platform is unusual in that it is, by essence, regional. From this standpoint, while mindful of the singularity of situations and national levels of development, it will be concerned with the continent as a single entity, engaged in the construction of a unified policy and programme.
In this context, the platform will pay particular attention to the implementation of: (i) the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); (ii) the recommendations of the 8th annual regional consultation of United Nations agencies working in Africa to support the African Union (AU) and NEPAD; (iii) the AU strategic action plans, including the first action plan (2008-2010) of the EU-Africa strategic partnership and the TICAD Framework; and (iv) the regional and subregional frameworks for action which contribute to the integration process, which is the ultimate goal of the African authorities and bodies.
In this respect, it will pay particular attention to the implementation of the Plan of Action for the Second Decade of Education for Africa, the African Education, Science and Technology Fund, the Linguistic Action Plan for Africa, the Action Plan for the promotion of Cultural Industries for Africa’s Development, the decision on the link between education and culture, the NEPAD Environment Action Plan, the decisions on climate change and development in Africa (AU), the Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action, the outcomes of the world summits on the information society, the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality (AU) and the decisions on African youth (AU), the marine environment and the African continental shelf (AU). Finally, it will place special emphasis on the ratification of standard-setting texts relating to UNESCO’s fields of competence.
The implementation of the “Priority Africa” intersectoral platform will involve all the programme sectors as well as ERC/ARB (in relation to North Africa’s involvement in the NEPAD process), BSP (as the unit responsible for the least developed countries (LDCs) – three quarters of which are in Africa – and the gender equality priority), BFC and regional, cluster and national offices in Africa. These will operate as nodal centres for cooperation with economic communities and subregional intergovernmental organizations, ERC/CFS and BB, with a view to mobilizing and making rational and complementary use of budgetary and extrabudgetary resources.
Evaluation of the priority given to Africa will also be made on the basis of contributions of the centres and institutes.
The platform will draw on the discussions and recommendations of the UNESCO Committee for NEPAD and FOSRASUN, as well as the perspectives offered by South-South cooperation and cooperation with the African Diaspora.
It will seek to bring about synergies between the “Africa foci” existing within each thematic intersectoral platform. Finally, it will rely on the political and diplomatic support of the Africa Group.
Steering, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and oversight will be done with reference to the matrix to be filled in by the sectors, which recapitulates by main line of action, the expected results, performance indicators, countries and regions concerned, impacts in terms of contribution to the regional integration process and the corresponding budgetary and extrabudgetary allocations.
Expected results at the end of the biennium